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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Top 10 President’s Picks: Highlights from July 23 to July 29

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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How to Eat Authentically Al Fresco

Never heard of al fresco dining? Translating to “in the open air,” an al fresco meal is like an upscale picnic outdoors with an array of delicious Italian snacks for sharing—and who doesn’t love an Italian picnic? Our Specialty Merchant Ken put together his favorite picks for eating al fresco. Read on for tips on hosting your own this summer!

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Meet the Makers: Wandering Bear Cold Brew

“The wandering bear is my spirit animal,” says Wandering Bear cofounder Ben Gordon as he welcomes the FreshDirect team to his small factory in Queens. “I always knew I wanted to start a company called Wandering Bear, I just didn’t know what it was I was going to sell.” Thankfully for iced coffee fans that “what” turned out to be cold brew.

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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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Tasting Notes from Oyster Expert Julie Qiu

Whether you’re an aficionado or newbie, oysters make a sophisticated addition to any dinner party. And while the essence of an oyster varies depending on where and how it’s grown, here are some general tasting notes from Julie Qiu, founder and author of In A Half Shell, a website dedicated to international oyster appreciation.

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