We climb narrow metal steps from the top floor of the Boston Design Center, set out through a heavy, metal door, and over a final raised ledge at the bottom of the door that can only be intended to discourage entrance onto the roof. Even before my eyes adjust to the brilliant sunlight, with my first breath, I can feel the farm in my lungs. It is not exactly just the smell of things growing; more the feeling of being given pure, new oxygen, in even exchange for the CO2 I am offering. When, still squinting, I first see the careful rows of vibrant life, I have that feeling of gazing at a mirage – it seems a bit of that visible, liquidy heat shimmers up into the air just beyond the edge of the rooftop, slightly obscuring the Boston skyline, at eye-level, off in the distance.
Archive for the ‘Produce’ Category
Posted in Farms & Gardens, Produce, Producer Profile, United States, tagged Boston Design Center, eating locally, food, Higher Ground, local, rooftop farm, urban farming on October 1, 2014 | 1 Comment »
August is here, and with it comes the peak of our produce season. With more and more amazing local fruits, vegetables and herbs to complement our bi-weekly deliveries direct from California, the options are pretty much endless.
This delicious and light potato salad uses the brininess of preserved lemon and balances it with the brightness of fennel and fresh herbs. Potatoes are generally associated with winter and colder months but they are actually dug from the ground now. The summer brings us new potatoes with thin skin and a more pronounced potato flavor. Fennel balances this dish with a light crunch.
Posted in Local, Produce, Producer Profile, tagged food, Granby, heirloom, heirloom varieties, Jerusalem artichokes, local produce, MA, Montague, organic, organic farming, organic produce, Produce, Red Fire Farm, tomatoes on May 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Spring has finally snuck back into town and I am getting excited about the local, organic produce that will soon be gracing our shelves! On one especially stunning Monday morning, I had the chance to chat with Max Jiusto, the Harvest Manager at Red Fire Farm‘s Montague, MA location (they also have land in Granby, MA).
So what about this winter? Max explained that the extension of winter that we have all been bemoaning set Red Fire back about two weeks in their planting schedule. Even when the top layer of soil started to thaw, the lower layers remained frozen, so water couldn’t drain down into the ground and would just pool in the fields, making planting impossible. They started the plants in the greenhouse at the normal time, however, so even though they will be going into the ground about two weeks late, Max is hopeful that with a little cooperation from the weather, the plants will be able to catch up in their growth and end up maturing right on schedule. (more…)
Posted in Produce, United States, tagged blood oranges, California produce, citrus, Golden Nugget, kumquat, kumquats, organic produce, peel, pith, Produce, seasonal produce, tangerines on May 19, 2014 | 2 Comments »
As those of you have been by our South End store during the past few weeks may have noticed, despite the slow drag as spring gradually gains ground in the battle to wrest our weather from winter’s claws, we have been fortunate to have a bit of sunshine gracing our shelves. This sunshine comes in the form of produce from the small, organic farms we work with in California. (more…)
Posted in Fermented Foods, Germany, Mustards & Sauces, Produce, tagged Arche, Archepassagier, Ark of Taste, Arrowhead cabbage, cabbage, fermented, Filder, Filder-Sauerkraut, Filder-Spitzkraut, Fildern, Florence Fabricant, Germany, Kimmich's, Kohl, Red Fire Farm, Reubens, sauerkraut, Slow Food, Slow Food Arche, Slow Food Ark, Spitzkohl, Spitzkraut on December 11, 2013 | 4 Comments »
This blog post is dedicated to our customer, Georg, who brought us a can of real-deal Arrowhead cabbage sauerkraut from Germany on July 19th of this year. He started a chain of events that has led us to today – the day we received our first ever shipment of genuine German sauerkraut at the shop. In addition to being our first ever shipment, it also happens to be the first time this particular sauerkraut has ever been imported to the United States. I’m excited – we’ll not only have tins of this wonderfully delicate sauerkraut for folks to purchase on our shelves, but we’re also introducing it into our Saturday Reubens! (more…)
Posted in About Us, Beverages, Breads, Crackers & Snacks, Candy & Confections, Cheese, Chocolate, Dairy (non-cheese), Jams & Preserves, Meats & Charcuterie, Pasta, Produce, Staff Events, Wine, tagged Ardèche jams, Belgian waffles, biodynamic, bitters, boudin blanc, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Catharine Sweeney, Cheese, Chocolate, cocktails, Comté Grand Cru, Confitures de l'Ardèche, couscous, Dram Apothecary, EH Chocolatier, Elaine Hsieh, favorite foods, favorites, Ferdinando Zanusso, Finocchiona, food, Formaggio Food Community, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Perez, Fromageries Marcel Petite, fruit, housemade sausages, I Clivi, jams, M'hamsa, M'hamsa couscous, Mario Zanusso, organic, organic fruit, organic produce, organic wine, organic yogurt, Pascal Raunicher, preserves, Produce, robiola, Robiola Enrico, salami, salt water taffy, Salty Road, Salty Road taffy, Salumeria Biellese, shishito peppers, Sparrow Arc Farm, staff picks, staff survey, Straus Family Creamery, Sylvie Raunicher, taffy, top 10 of 2013, tortilla chips, Tortilleria La Niña, vegetables, Veritable Vegetable, waffles, Wine, Xavi Perez, Xocolata Oli d'Oliva, Xocolates Aynouse, yoghurt, yogurt on December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments »
At the end of each year, staff members at all three of our shops – in Cambridge, the South End of Boston and in New York – fill out a staff survey. We reflect on what we have tasted over the course of the past year – moments where we were surprised (both pleasantly and unpleasantly), new and exciting food experiences, as well as the flavors we found ourselves returning to time and again. We pick our favorites and share memorable moments. Some tried-and-true items appear in our survey results year after year – other items are new and exciting finds from the current year – goodies in this instance that distinguished 2013 from all others. Here are our top ten picks culled from this year’s survey results! (more…)
Posted in Produce, Recipes, Salads & Sides, tagged black truffle, Burgundy truffle, Périgord truffle, pommes Anna, recipe, Recipes, trifola d'Alba, truffles, white truffle on October 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The first truffles of the season passed through my hands just days ago, and I could not resist. These redolent fungi captivate me and I needed my own magnificent mushroom to play with!
Weekends in Alba, Italy are abuzz this autumn with celebration of what has been reported as the best white truffle harvest of the 21st century. The climate was perfect – neither too hot, nor too cold – and the soil provided an impeccable environment for growth, with just the right amount of moisture. (more…)