This Week's Food

Local Legend

Local Legend

At Family Dinner we love the chance to reach beyond our network of local growers, bakers and producers to bring you new and exciting items into the shares. This week we knocked on the door of Chef Jody Adams; James Beard Award Winner, Winner of Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America, and food access advocate with the mostest. 
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Survey Says!!!

Survey Says!!!

First, THANK YOU to all of  you who took the time to fill out the survey a few weeks ago. We know that time is a precious commodity and we appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts with us. We have hungrily consumed every nugget of information and suggestion. Shannon has compiled a list of the Greatest Hits topics along with some additional bits of background from our side, below.
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Funky Fiddles.

Funky Fiddles.

Often, when less well-known veggies come through the seasonal mix, we can only include them in the Double Shares given that they are very limited in quantity. This week Shannon knew it was Fiddlehead season and was determined to get them for everyone. She tracked down Fiddleheads with the ferocity of Indiana Jones seeking the Holy Grail in the Last Crusade and we hope you love them. (Can someone please tell the Millennials in the room who Harrison Ford is?)
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Non-Local Love.

Non-Local Love.

Although we are adding some non-local items, we remain a business that celebrates all of the beautiful foods created in our local community. While rolling out these non-local items, we wanted to share a bit more about why we selected them and how we are sourcing them.  Shannon, our Operations Manager and Veggie Sourcer extraordinaire, tells the story of these selections. - Erin
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Spud Buds

Spud Buds

I love it when sweet potatoes come into the share. They're bright, versatile and really, really patient.  These guys can hang out on my counter for weeks until my lazy carcass gets around to figuring out what to do with them.  I don't know what it is about sweet taters but I really like to let them languish before I make up my damn mind. 

And why the trepidation? Sweet potatoes are incredible flexible and fantastic for your weekly meal prep. Roast or mash them and top 'em with a runny egg for breakfast, throw in a salad for some substance or treat 'em like a taco and top with melted cheese, ground beef and salsa. 

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Should I Stay......

Should I Stay......

This liminal period between seasons may have us whining for more consistent temps, but there are also reasons for optimism of the culinary variety. Spinach is here and Spring Dug Parsnips have shown up ready to party. (Spring Dug Parsnips spend the winter in the ground, taking a long rest like Superman in the Fortress of Solitude. When you dig them up in the Spring they are well rested and sweet.) 
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In the Spotlight!

In the Spotlight!

At Family Dinner, we're not too shy or humble to openly brag about how great our members are.  You are a wonderfully supportive, fun community of folks that we are extremely grateful to serve. We dream about the day we can throw a big party and bring everyone together to experience this community in person. (With near 700 weekly deliveries, that would be a VERY big party, like one of the ones in all the 1980's movies that didn't age well. Count. Me. In.)

Since we can't throw an epic local food rager (yet), we thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of your fellow members, learn about them, what they're cooking and what they can't wait to receive in their shares.

 

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Cranberry State of Mind

Cranberry State of Mind

In our last series, we talked about the year round activities with produce and livestock farms. In this upcoming series over the next few months, we’ll be talking about the ground which grows our food! 

Before we dig into what comprises the soil that grows the food you eat, I figured we could talk about the context of the agricultural landscape of Massachusetts.

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If Horses Gallop....

If Horses Gallop....

This week, with the warmer weather I found myself really craving seafood, scallops in particular.  Some nice citrusy/peppery greens, a glass of crisp white and scallops simmered in a jacuzzi of local butter.  It sounded like heaven. So when Jamey from Red's Best told me a boatload had landed, I couldn't help but order for the Pescatarians in the room. I order them for you, but also for myself. I admit to being shellfish.
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Potato, PoTAHto.

Potato, PoTAHto.

We're showing you Tim's beautiful mug today to wish him Happy Birthday, but more importantly to stand with our Asian American customers and colleagues at Family Dinner and in our communities.  We stand against the dehumanization and violence against all members of our community.  I want to respond to these grotesque, racist attacks with expletives and fists. Love and solidarity, however, might be more fitting.
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Words to Live by.

Words to Live by.

I'm not exactly an inspirational quote kind of a gal, the adjectives "warm and fuzzy" don't often get lobbed my way.  But, at the risk of dipping a toe into the crowded landscape of "Live, Laugh, Love", I wanted to share this quote from Elena Ferrante:

"Nowhere is it written that you can't do it."

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BUOYS, BAGS, and BUFFALO!

BUOYS, BAGS, and BUFFALO!

The Musical Event of 2021 is brought to you by the Buoys of Summer, a Boston-based Yacht Rock band whose members include several of the Family Dinner All-Star Delivery Team: Peter Danilchuk, Davina Yannetty, and Ben Blanchard (left, center, and right in the photo).  The Buoys of Summer are streaming live from Cotuit Center for the Arts, Saturday, March 6, 7:30pm. 
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