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This Week's Food

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

It's been a banner week here at Family Dinner! The crew got to celebrate at the Best of Boston soiree on Wednesday night. We got all gussied up, ate pickles on pizza, owned the dance floor, and didn't even get kicked out--success!
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The Souls of Soils

The Souls of Soils

Hey, all!  Shannon here to share some of my "Card Catalog" of random knowledge (as Erin and Olivia like to call it). And because I'm in charge (temporarily), we're going to be talking about SOIL! 

This week I received an email in which someone declared "sustainable agriculture is an oxymoron."  They proclaimed that with all the carbon emissions released from farming, there is no way it can be sustainable.  This person probably isn't connected with their food or even curious to really know how it's created.  But what really broke my heart was that they were completely closed off to the idea that some forms of agriculture can be beneficial and regenerative for the soils and the world. 

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A Love Letter....

A Love Letter....

You guys.  Sam. Sifton. Is. Coming. Back. To. Maine. 

For those who aren't nerdy/creepy enough to be tracking every movement of this wonderful man's life, Sam Sifton is the food editor for the New York Times and a founding editor of New York Times cooking.  He is the author of delightfully pithy newsletters that sprout into your inbox prodding you to cook this or that on any lackadaisical weeknight.

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Best of Boston

Best of Boston

My wonderfully kind and gracious mother always told me it is impolite to brag.  I trust and love her implicitly, so normally I would abide by such maxims. That said: 

HOLY SH*T, you guys! We were named Best of Boston for Best CSA! (It's also apparently impolite to swear, I'm in big trouble. Sorry, Mom.)

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Flower Shares!

Flower Shares!

Flower shares are back and they're ready to brighten up your home and bring a smile to that mug of yours! The folks at Old Friends Farm will be picking and packing up field bunches and field bouquets each week and we will bring them right to your door! We are starting in Massachusetts for now but will have this up and running in Maine very soon.
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Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

What exactly are these curly, serpentine-looking veggies? The simple answer is that they are the early stages of where flowers come from to produce seeds. There are two ways that garlic propagates (to make more plants)–through either seeds or cloves. Plants only have so much energy–they can put that energy towards either making seeds or bulb development. Therefore, if you want to enjoy those delicious garlic cloves with your winter stews, pasta sauces, chicken, tofu, steak, fish (I think you get the point…), you can probably see why it’s important that the scapes get the snip. (Plus, we get two ways to enjoy all of the garlicky goodness–win/win!) 
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Come closer, lettuce talk!

Come closer, lettuce talk!

This week we are excited to announce that we are expanding our à la carte veggie offering. In your wonderfully detailed (sometimes hilarious) survey responses, you called for more choice. And so you shall have it! (You also called for more chocolate and less monkfish. We hear you!)
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The Green Monster

The Green Monster

This week we have beautiful bunches of arugula from our friends at Clark Farm. These bunches pack a zesty peppery bite that will add a zing to any salad, pasta or egg dish. (More frittata please!) For a few ideas we are turning to the foodie wizards at the KITCHN. We would love to know what you make!
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Survey Says!!!

Survey Says!!!

This week has been impossibly hard and unimaginably sad. While atrocities pile on top of tragedies we settle into a long weekend that itself is born of loss and remembrance. I get the sense that a lot of folks are retreating, instinctively and quietly into themselves to settle into their personal cocktail of grief, rage and overwhelming fatigue.
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A Little Bird Told Us

A Little Bird Told Us

Our good friends at Clark Farm were highlighted this week is an amazing article by Nancy Shohet West in this Sunday's Boston Globe. Andrew Rodgers, Head Farmer at Clark Farm, speaks with equal parts eloquence and passion about global supply chain disruption and the importance of buying local:

“A geopolitical event can disrupt the entire world’s food supply,” Rodgers said. “When Russia invades Ukraine, it results in Brazil and Colombia running short on fertilizer. Less fertilizer means there won’t be as much grain to feed livestock, who in turn won’t weigh as much, and meat prices then go up. The ripple effect is amazing.

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"I don't wanna grow up!"

"I don't wanna grow up!"

It's Green Garlic season, which always sends a little frisson of joy up my spine. The season is woefully short so we are pleased as punch to be tucking it into the Massachusetts shares this week.
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There's a New Kid on the Block!

There's a New Kid on the Block!

We have a new kid on the Pick of the Week Block!  It's The Vegetarian Salad of the Week. A 32oz container packed with veggies, flavor, and love from our good friends at Forge Baking Co.
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We can CHARDLY believe it!

We can CHARDLY believe it!

There is a moment every Spring where the availability lists from farmer's start to brighten up a bit. We see the appearance of arugula, bok choy, bunched items and the true harbinger of Spring, Fiddleheads. For these Spring delicacies Shannon's enthusiasm was already through the roof, sending the team a deluge of exuberant texts to see if our excitement could rival her own (impossible).
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