One of the tenets of Food Day 2014 is eating locally whenever possible. We love this and share the sentiment, sourcing all of our food locally. In celebration of Food Day on Saturday, October 24th, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite food companies here in the Boston area. We hope you’ll join us in checking out these great Boston-area independent food companies!
Captain Marden’s: Practically a seafood institution in Boston, Captain Marden’s not only supplies the fish for any of our seafood dishes, you can also grab fresh or prepared fish at their Captain’s Table or grab a cup of chowder or a crab cake sandwich on the go at one of their food trucks.
NOLA’s Fresh Foods: We’ve had the pleasure of working with NOLA’s several times, even including their salsa in some of our recipes, and their fresh, all-natural taste is about as good–if not better–than what you can make at home. Follow them on Twitter @NOLAssalsa.
Taza Chocolate: Stone-ground chocolate out of Somerville? These organic chocolate bars are the perfect locally-made dessert treat. Follow them on Twitter for all things chocolate or even visit their factory for a tour.
Nashoba Brook Bakery: This Concord-based bakery raises a simple loaf of bread to an art form using a slow-rise approach. (A bonus: if you visit their cafe, you can snag a fresh sandwich, soup or salad as well.)
Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta: Lilly’s fresh pasta often winds up in our boxes, and we love them for their scratch-made take-home food as well. Make your own pasta by choosing your fresh pasta, gourmet sauce and toppings. It’s all the advantages of homemade food, made from scratch.
Mapleline Farm: Here’s a throwback for you–home delivery of milk. Mapleline cream is among the best–we use it in our recipes–but you can’t beat the convenience and old-timey feel of having dairy delivered to your door. Aside from milk, you can add on breads, eggs, coffee, yogurt–even hot cocoa.
Ward’s Berry Farm: A traditional farm with all the fixings (pick-your-own, CSAs and the like), you can also grab a hayride or a smoothie at this Sharon, MA farm. The name might seem familiar to our customers because their produce often winds up in our boxes, but it’s worth a trip to Sharon to spend an afternoon at the farm yourself.
Clear Flour Bakery: A great loaf of bread is the perfect way to start a meal, and Allston-based Clear Flour focuses on a European style of baking. You may have had their baguettes in a Just Add Cooking box, but a visit to their bakery will give you a chance to try decadent cakes, scones, rustic tarts and seasonal specials like German soft pretzels or pumpkin currant donuts.
Now it’s your turn: what’s your favorite local, Boston-area food company? Let us know in the comments!