Author Archives: Tim Stansky

This blog grew thanks to many.

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Neponset Health Centers Apple Crunch with apples donated by Boston Area Gleaners, Inc.

Our blog started in 2012 to create a virtual town common where individuals and groups supporting Food Day can showcase their efforts.  The variety of content, creativity in expression, and colorful images show commitment across the Commonwealth that inspires.

The most popular blog posts of 2013.

How did they find us?

The top referring sites in 2013 were:

  1. facebook.com
  2. twitter.com
  3. boston.com
  4. learningcirclepreschool.org
  5. mass.gov

Special thanks to Sarah Cadorette, the Food Day Organizer who managed our Social Media efforts in 2013.

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Tea Leaves of Innovation in South Boston

Tea CuveeThe “Foodie” events are Mass Innovation Nights’ most popular monthly Product Launch Parties events for the wide variety of new products including consumables, unique service providers, new technologies and fresh new takes on traditions.  One of the featured products at the August 14th event is Tea Cuvée, a premium cold brewed tea produced in South Boston.  It contains no sweetener that’s packaged in an elegant, slender wine bottle with a black label that gives this non-alcoholic beverage a distinctive look.

There are two current offerings from Tea Cuvée

Moonlight: A light and fragrant tea made with the finest white tealeaves. These leaves are so precious that they are freshly picked at moonlight so as not to spoil their delicate properties. This tea has beautiful floral aromas with hints of apricot and jasmine.  Moonlight pairs well with crisp fruits, fresh cheeses, and light desserts.

Amber: A richer, more full-bodied tea made with a lightly roasted oolong.  This unique flavor combines the savory and fragrant elements of rosemary with fresh and luscious orange zest.  Amber pairs beautifully with aged cheeses and grilled meats.
Tea Cuvée is an interesting example at the crossroads of Food Day’s support of healthy, affordable and sustainable products and  Massachusetts vibrant innovation communities.

FoodDayMA and Innovation

 It’s fitting that one of our state’s unique contributions to Food Day’s mission to advance healthy, affordable, and sustainable food is innovation.  That’s innovation in many forms – technology, nutrition, growing seasons, peculiar foods and activism.  Every August Mass Innovation Nights hosts its annual “Foodie Event” to celebrate food-related innovation.  This year’s event takes place on August 8th in Woburn, MA.

One of our favorite past participant food-related innovators that reflects Food Day’s mission is Freight Farms.  They are are high-volume crop production units made from upcycled shipping containers that allow users to manage their harvest cycle through real time digital monitoring and harvest support services.  Freight Farms use advanced growing technology and human-centered design to help communities create flourishing local food economies in any environment.  Sustainable design allows high yield agriculture to empower community growth.

Freight Farms’ first venture in Worcester has lead to an interesting alliance with Clark University and student initiatives in the community.

Innovators participating in Mass Innovation Nights “Foodie Event” on August 8th include ApotheCaring Wellness Tea, Bell Tower Mobile Market, Biena Roasted Chickpeas, Bittersweet Boston Gluten Free Desserts , EarthHook shopping cart attachment, Mill River Winery’s 2012 Wines, Of Course Ready-to-Make Meals™, ONCEMADE Beer from Pintley, Pipe Dream Cupcakes, Root Cellar Preserves, Stump Chunks fire starter, T’ART Tart In a Bag , ThriveSpot Mobile Websites for Restaurants , UReserv online restaurant reservations.  RSVP for this free event.  We’ll be promoting Food Day there.

Take a minute to comment with a shout-out to your favorite food-related innovators in Massachusetts and what they’re doing.