Baking Homemade Bread from Scratch

In the early 1900s, most packaged bread being sold was white bread, nutrition-less and high in sugar. White bread was made with bleached flour, which got rid of mold and fungus and gave it a more desirable look, but the bleaching process stripped away nutrients. During WWII when food was being rationed, getting proper nutrition was difficult,…

Seeds

This time of year kids are starting seedlings in egg cartons and farmers are planning out their harvests. It used to be that all farmers saved seeds, but now most people buy seeds from seed catalogues. To the home gardener, a seed catalogue was probably how you started your garden unless you had family who farmed…

Raw, vegan and gluten-free: Nüssli 118°

When the last shoppers leave from the Wayland Winter Farmers Market, the place turns into a bartering free for all. Vendors wander over to each other’s booths and shop the wares. Angela leaves her table of Chocolate Orange Rounds and Vanilla Chai Cashew Smoothies and heads over to Winter Moon Roots. In exchange for several…

Everything comes back to coffee

The water comes to a rolling boil, bubbles up through a glass pipe and into the top chamber where it cools, condenses, and slowly fills. Michael bends a long wire and wraps it around the inside of the top chamber so that he can read the temperature of the water. After a few minutes of…

The Team Behind “We Grow Microgreens”

The sun is beaming during the magic hour through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the kitchen, giving a warm glow to every living thing it falls on: the people, the dogs, the microgreens. Leaves and stems spill over the sides of dozens of trays of microgreens, lining the shelves of metal racks snaking their way through…

Small Business Saturday

The Clean Food Club has always promoted local businesses and tried to inspire its readers to eat local, drink local and be local. So we’re super pumped about Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 26th. The day after Thanksgiving has signaled the beginning of the Christmas shopping season since the 1930s when banks promoted savings accounts that people could put…

Sourcing a Completely Local Thanksgiving Meal

My family is all about the traditional dishes at Thanksgiving: mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole with crunchy onions on top, traditional bread stuffing. We usually have two kinds of cranberry sauce: fresh and jellied. My grandmother also brings some regional Pennsylvania-Dutch fare, such as corn pudding, red beet eggs, and apple butter (recipe here).  Sometimes we’ll…

Local Craft Spirits Festival

The Clean Food Club stopped by the Local Craft Spirits Festival yesterday, hosted by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, in the Central Square Cultural District, Cambridge MA. Hundreds of patrons gathered to celebrate local spirits, artisan beverages and craft brews. We talked to the makers behind distilled spirits and craft beverages, watched some cocktail demos and oyster shucking, and generally had a…

Meet the Veggieman

Have you ever come home from work to find a box by your front door? Maybe it’s the new pair of shoes your ordered or, perhaps less exciting, it’s a replacement piece for the dishwasher? Nope, it’s a beautiful box of fresh produce. Wonder how it got there? Over the last couple of months, The Clean Food…