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A Farmer's Year, Part 2

A Farmer's Year, Part 2

This is A Farmer’s Year, Part 2! Last month we talked about the year-round activities of fruit and vegetable farmers. If you missed it, you can read that newsletter here

This time around, I thought we could talk about livestock, and while most livestock don’t really have fully seasonal ties, sheep definitely do. Now before I crack on, wool you bear with me? Ewe’ve heard I like puns, I won’t be sheepish about it. 

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Report Card.

Report Card.

In January we committed ourselves to donating at least $3,000 a month to local food banks and organizations fighting food insecurity. We want to do this by buying food directly from local producers, growers, and makers who themselves are struggling in the pandemic. On top of what we have committed monthly, you all donated over $4,200 to add to this effort.
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A love affair....

A love affair....

The simple and irrefutable equation that Food = Love led us to draw up a delightfully rich and fun collection of Valentine's Day Add-Ons. Beautiful Rib Eyes from Feather Brook Farms, Lobster Tails from Red's Best, Pasta, Sauces and YES, Focaccia from Fox & The Knife, Baguette, Cheese, Cookies from Forge and more! Plan a fancy dinner or just stock up the freezer with future delights!

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Powered by Seeds

Powered by Seeds

This week we are teaming at with the folks at 88 Acres to bring you their delicious seed bars and Seed'nola. 88 Acres is a local business thoughtfully crafting bars and pantry staples with whole seeds and simple ingredients. I met owner Rob Dalton while we were both undergrads at UMass Amherst roughly in the Mesozoic Era while dinosaurs roamed the earth. (Fun fact: Chef Karen from Fox & the Knife was also on campus then. Go, Zoo Mass!)
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Getting Foxy!

Getting Foxy!

To say we're excited about launching our collaboration with  Chef Karen Akunowicz and Fox & the Knife  and Fox Pasta is a gross understatement. I've been talking about it for weeks and the team is starting to look at me like I'm someone's Dad droning on endlessly about the upcoming Over 50 Men's Softball tournament. They're like "Yes, Erin - we know. It's the greatest pasta ever and the focaccia is the stuff dreams are made of. You told us 700 times already."
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Sauce it Up!

Sauce it Up!

This broth is so tasty it can be enjoyed plain as a beverage. Just heated in a mug it's warm and comforting - like a sweatshirt for your mouth.  If that isn't your cup of broth, try a few of these ideas:

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Loving you, a Latke.

Loving you, a Latke.

1. Tomorrow January 9th and Tuesday January 12th we will be collecting dry goods for La Colaborativa, a Food Bank in Chelsea, in addition to our new monthly giving initiative at Family Dinner. 

2. Latkes are in the house! We are starting a series of restaurant collaborations with some of the best joints in Boston. We are kicking it off with Mamaleh's Delicatessen. We will have their items in the shares and there are plenty of add-ons to pick from for next week only.

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A Farmer's Year, Part 1

A Farmer's Year, Part 1

Well, hello again! This is Shannon here on the keys. This may be a new year, but I’m still going to be talking about the way food is grown, because that’s all I ever want to talk about! This is part one of a two-part series about what a year looks like for farmers around here in New England. I spoke with our friends over at Kimball Fruit Farm and Iron Ox Farm about what a year on their farms look like.
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Hasta Mañana!

Hasta Mañana!

It's been a brutal year. For all of you, for all of us in uncountable ways. Anxiety and grief seem to be the common air we breathe, coupled with the incredible kick in the teeth that we are all much busier, much more frantic and hectic than we have ever been.
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Popping around the Christmas Tree.

Popping around the Christmas Tree.

The comfort of cozying up in front of a fire, or beneath the warm glow of the Netflix home screen, to watch a movie is one of life's simplest joys - a joy underscored by the bounty of iconic holiday films. Whether you're watching Will Ferrell (in tights) go absolutely berserk with holiday cheer in Elf, or simply falling in love (all over again) with Bruce Willis' shimmery muscles in Die Hard - there is something beautiful about sitting around in your most unflattering sweatpants and watching a movie. 
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One Cozy Place.

One Cozy Place.

The first time I walked into Magic Bites Bakery, it was an unseasonably grey and chilly afternoon. I had spent the morning at a farm; learning, watching, helping out when I wasn't too clumsy to ruin something.  My overalls were wet and muddy. I am afraid to say I looked and smelled like the rear end of a cow.
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Warm Fuzzies.

Warm Fuzzies.

Buying local is important, not just because it gives you the warm fuzzies (which is for sure does, almost as much as biting into a cookie from A&J King, or snuggling a baby sloth), but because it bolsters the local economy in enduring ways.

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