Top 10 President’s Picks: Highlights from August 27-September 2

Every week, we put out a new list of President’s Picks—it’s a collection of our best offerings, from peak-season produce to must-have grocery brands, all curated by our in-house experts and merchants (and all at reduced prices!). A team from across the company gathers in a room to discuss and sample the spread, sharing what makes every single item great—and we’re there taking notes on these insider tips. Check out this week’s highlights* 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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Interview with Hint Water CEO Kara Goldin

We all know how important it is to drink water, but let’s be honest, plain old H2O can be a little, well, bland. Hint CEO Kara Goldin felt so strongly about this that just over a decade ago she left her job as an AOL executive and began developing a sugar-free water beverage that offered a healthier alternative to sodas and drinks infused with diet sweeteners. Click through to read our interview with Kara.

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