Give it away, give it away, give it away now.

Give it away, give it away, give it away now.

I'd like to sincerely apologize to anyone who grew up in the 90's and is familiar with the hauntingly awful Red Hot Chili Peppers song I referenced in the title of this email. However, the refrain of "Give it away, Give it Away, Give it Away now" does feel apt for the coming season.  (Extra apologies to anyone now drowning in memories of 7th grade slow dancing to "Under the Bridge", woof.)

Working to fight food insecurity in our neighborhoods has always been at the core of Family Dinner. In the past year we have donated over $31,894.90 worth of local food to our friends at the Greater Boston Food Bank, La Colaborativa in Chelsea, My Brother's Table in Lynn, the Woburn Food Pantry, Elevate Youth, Lifebridge in Gloucester and many more. 

Over $11,000 of that has come from you, our amazing community and the rest from Family Dinner's commitment to give back.  This Holiday season we want to do even more and would love for you to join us.  There are a few ways to join the love:

Our friends at Carhartt Market Street in Lynnfield will be doing a Toy Drive for our partners at La Colaborativa in Chelsea. Folks will donate toys under their tree and enter to win a month of Family Dinner deliveries. 

We will be doing a canned food/dry goods/ baby supplies drive for La Colaborativa and the Portland Food Bank. Starting Saturday 12/11 and going until 12/20 leave out any packs of diapers, baby wipes, canned food (soups, beans, vegetables) or dry goods (pasta, cereal, rice) and your Family Dinner driver will collect them. We will sort and deliver to our partners. Last year we had 7 full pick-up trucks full of donations!

We will be donating all the fresh veggies to cover 200 Holiday meal boxes packed by St. Vincent de Paul in Taunton, MA. Each box will have several pounds of local carrots, potatoes, onions and more to brighten folks' holiday tables. You can join us by contributing to our Food Bank page. 

Thank you to this incredible community for being part of the work to lift each other up in difficult times.  We love you all.

 


WHAT'S IN THE BAG? (MA)

Delivery dates: Saturday, 12/4 and Tuesday, 12/7

Note: If you order a "Meat and Fish Share" you will receive just the meats listed, not the "dairy" items (i.e., eggs, yogurt, etc). If you order a "Fish and Seafood Share" you will receive the fish listed, not the dairy items.

Add-on Grain of the Week - Granola from Forge
Add-on Bread of the Week - Brioche from Iggy's
Add-on Pastry of the Week - Sticky Buns from Iggy's
Add-on Fresh Pasta of the Week - Lemon Basil Linguine
Add-on Cheese of the Week - Tuscan Herb Cheddar from Silvery Moon Creamery
Add-on Mezze of the Week - Haydari from Magic Bites
Add-on Gluten Free Grain of the Week - Crackers from Maine Crisp Co.

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms and Tide Mill Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Pescatarian Protein - Salmon from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms 
Vegetarian Proteins - Ravioli from Ada's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Paleo Proteins - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Lettuce from Gotham Greens; Mushrooms from Fat Moon; Carrots from Iron Ox Farm and Brookford Farm; Pears from Champlain Orchard
Grain - Pita from Sharonna Bakery
Special Treat - Chocolate from Taza

WHOLE SHARE 

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms and Tide Mill Farms; Salmon from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Chevre from Fredrikson Farm
Pescatarian Protein - Salmon, Mackerel from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Chevre from Fredrikson Farm 
Vegetarian Proteins - Ravioli from Ada's; Tofu from Heiwa; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Chevre from Fredrikson Farm
Paleo Proteins - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Salmon from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Lettuce from Gotham Greens; Mushrooms from Fat Moon; Carrots from Iron Ox Farm and Brookford Farm; Pears from Champlain Orchard; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Radishes from Langwater
Grain - Pita from Sharonna Bakery
Special Treat - Chocolate from Taza; Brownies from Forge

DOUBLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms and Tide Mill Farms; Salmon from Red's; Bacon from Feather Brook Farms;  Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Chevre from Fredrikson Farm; Honey from Northwoods Apiary
Pescatarian Protein - Salmon, Mackerel, Fluke from Red's; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Chevre from Fredrikson Farm; Honey from Northwoods Apiary 
Vegetarian Proteins - Ravioli from Ada's; Tofu from Heiwa; Veggie Burgers from VT Bean Crafters; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms; Chevre from Fredrikson Farm; Honey from Northwoods Apiary
Paleo Proteins - Chicken from Feather Brook Farms; Salmon from Red's; Bacon from Feather Brook Farms; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Lettuce from Gotham Greens; Mushrooms from Fat Moon; Carrots from Iron Ox Farm and Brookford Farm; Pears from Champlain Orchard; Microgreens from Generation Farms; Radishes from Langwater; Napa Cabbage from Iron Ox Farm; Leeks from Brookford Farm
Grain - Pita from Sharonna Bakery; Conchigelie from Valicenti
Special Treat - Chocolate from Taza; Brownies from Forge

 


WHAT'S IN THE BAG? (ME/NH)

Delivery date: Saturday, 12/4

HALF SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Haddock from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Pescatarian Protein - Haddock from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Vegetarian Proteins - Sweet Chili Marinated Tofu from LB Kitchen; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Paleo Proteins - Haddock from Harbor Fish; Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Shiitake Mushrooms from Mousam Valley, Fingerling Potatoes from Two Farmers Farm, Rainbow Carrots from South Paw Farm, Bibb Lettuce from Springworks Farm
Grain - English Muffins from Dutch's
Special Treat - Spice Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery

WHOLE SHARE

Omnivore Protein - Haddock from Harbor Fish; Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage from Colvard & Co., Eggs from Feather Brook Farms, Greek Yogurt from Brookford Farm
Paleo Proteins - Haddock from Harbor Fish; Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage from Colvard & Co., Eggs from Feather Brook Farms
Fruits and Veggies - Shiitake Mushrooms from Mousam Valley, Fingerling Potatoes from Two Farmers Farm, Rainbow Carrots from South Paw Farm, Bibb Lettuce from Springworks Farm, Shallots from South Paw Farm, Beans from Baer's Beans
Grain - English Muffins from Dutch's
Special Treat - Spice Cookies from Rosemont Market & Bakery, Raspberry Bars from Two Fat Cats


RECIPES

(from Shannon)

Carrot and Mushroom Soup - Beat the chilly nights with this yummy soup! 

Mushroom Lettuce Wraps - Have fun with your lunches this week and use up any odds and ends that are in your fridge or pantry! 

Microgreen Watermelon Radish Salad Over Baked Salmon - Bright and light colors to top this yummy and easy weeknight meal! 

Pickled Watermelon Radish - You'll thank yourself later if you pickle your radishes! Add them to a grain bowl, salad, sammy, or just about anything to brighten any meal! Or to a pita pocket with other veggie? And could we take a second to talk about arguably my favorite vegetable to pickle, CARROTS

How-to Dried Beans - For our friends in Maine, curious what to do with your dried beans?? Well check out this article!

Baked Skate - Don't be afraid of this ray! Try out this recipe and you can even pair it with the Micro Watermelon Radish Salad from above too! 

Chicken! - Every wonder what's the best ways to cook different parts of the chicken? Well, here you go! This article breaks down the different cuts!

Tips and Tricks for storing your food and getting the most from your shares can be found here