Meet the Farmer: Wells Homestead Acres

On a recent trip out to Long Island to visit some of our favorite producers, we stopped by Wells Homestead to say hello to our good friend Lyle Wells — an 11th generation family-farmer who’s been growing for FreshDirect since 2005. Lyle kindly obliged us with a quick tour of the farm. Learn more about the rich history of the Homestead and its crops after the jump.

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Fresh Adventure: Watch the Video on How We Source Olio Novello

Our team of sourcing experts just got back from Sicily, where they celebrated the first harvest and press of the 2015 season, hand-picking our own custom blend of olives to make a unique olio novello (new oil) exclusive to FreshDirect. Ken, our specialty merchant, described this ready-to-use oil as “fresh, vibrant, and luscious.” This limited-time delicacy is blended, pressed, and shipped from Italy within a week, meaning it’s as fresh and tasty as can be. Pairing ideas and videos on how we sourced our olio novello after the jump!

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Meet the Farmer: Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farms

We love visiting our farmers to learn more about the exceptional crops they grow. So when Jeff Rottkamp of Fox Hollow Farms invited us to drop by his Long Island homestead recently, we jumped at the chance. Even better—our trip fell bang in the middle of pumpkin-growing season! Read more about our adventures on Fox Hollow Farm after the jump.

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5 Over-the-Top Blue Marble Ice Cream Sundaes You Must Try

The stage: Industry City in Brooklyn. The event: an epic #SundaeShowdown between five bloggers. At stake: a fabulous grand prize—and glory for creating the best sundae featuring FreshDirect ingredients and Blue Marble ice cream. Who took the top honors? And what were the crazy ingredients? (Hint: The winning sundae featured tahini!) Click through to find out.

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Interview with Forager Tama Matsuoka Wong

To suggest that Tama Matsuoka Wong has many strings to her bow is to engage in grand understatement. She is, in no particular order, a professional forager, weed eater, meadow doctor, corporate lawyer, and mother of three. Her company, Meadows and More, supplies wild and foraged plants to restaurants and food companies all over New York and New Jersey (including FreshDirect, yay!). Read our interview after the jump.

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Meet the Farmer: Organic Valley’s Grass-Fed Milk Farms

We made a trip upstate to Canastota, NY with our friends at Organic Valley to check out two of their family-run farms producing milk for Organic Valley’s brand new line of grass-fed cow milk. We learned a lot, we ate a lot, and we made friends with so many cows. Read on for the scoop!

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Our 3 Brand New Patties Make the Ultimate Burger

There’s a new burger in town—three actually. The Three Amigos, the Triple Crown, Hanson… it’s no secret that all good things come in threes. So when our meat experts decided to craft a new beef burger, they acknowledged that three is indeed the magic number and set to work on a trilogy of premium patties (but unlike the Back to the Future trilogy, each burger is better than the last).

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Meet the Farmer: Blue Island Oyster Company

Blue Island Oyster Company owner Chris Quartuccio first began digging for clams when he was 12. In 1995, he began scuba diving for natural oysters in the Long Island Sound and delivering them fresh every day to restaurants in New York City. Two decades later, the Blue Island Oyster Company is widely regarded as the number one shellfish distributor in the New York area after having become world-renowned for their famous Naked Cowboy oyster. Read more about our trip after the jump.

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