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the deal on farmigo: how this online farmer’s market is improving our meals and school

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A few weeks ago one of our friends and fellow elementary school mom had the idea to bring Farmigo to our community. The concept is simple. Order fresh farm goods online through the easy-to-use site, pick up your edibles once a week at her house, and a portion of the sale gets donated to our local school. In the first week, we raised over $600.

Clicking through Farmigo you can find all the staples you need: bread, eggs, milk, meat, and of course, fresh veggies and fruit. Start browsing around and before you know it you are adding things to your basket that whet your appetite and inspire the chef in you. The first week, I admit went a little order-happy and bought more stuff than we could finish off in a week, but now I seem to be in a groove. I found the key is use Farmigo to supplement the trips we take the main supermarket, and the treat is discovering ready-made short cuts that make getting a healthy dinner on the table during the week super simple. We currently have fresh ramp-ravioli and spinach pesto in the fridge.  Today, I’m going to bring a cup of bone broth with me to work as part of my low-cal lunch. And, I can’t wait to eat our fiddlehead ferns! The plan is just to keep them simple, with a light saute of butter and lemon juice.

Benzi Ronen, founder and CEO of Farmigo, told Forbes this week that he thinks his start up will kill the supermarket. I don’t know if I agree with that. The physical act of hand selecting your food with your eyes and hands and nose should never be fully replaced with online ordering. It’s skill set and social ritual that is too crucial to our civilized lives. But if you have a hard time making it to the weekly farmer’s market, and consider buying locally sourced food a priority for you, Farmigo is a no-brainer. The fact that it helps our school with additional funds is only a bonus. We’ll be using the money, in part, to start a vegetable learning garden at our school. How cool is that?

Learn more about Farmigo here. And if you’re already using it, tell us what’s in your basket!

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will this duvet change the way you make your bed?

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The change in seasons always calls for a swap in bedding, to freshen things up and give the illusion of redecorating. We’ve been looking for a new duvet cover to go with our palest-of-lavender walls and black-and-white dot upholstered headboard. Yesterday, I spotted some pretty offerings at Crane and Canopy, but then then I realized that this was so much more than just a sharp looking duvet. They’ve created a new way to make your bed, by rethinking the duvet cover. As you can see from the video below, the company’s new Nova collection doesn’t have buttons or snaps at one end, like you’re probably used to. There’s no need for that top sheet, because the duvet gives the appearance of a perfectly folded down layer. The top of the cover has an accent fabric, and a hidden zipper. Of course once you pick your duvet, you can’t change the accent color or mix up the look much. But it would give you one less thing to think about? Watch below and let me know what you think. Cool innovation, or unnecessary gadget?

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vintage find: mccoy bread plate warms my heart

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I’ve been trying to curb my love for vintage tchotchkes, namely because we are always fighting to keep our house uncluttered. But when I spotted this delightful bread plate at Salvage Style over the weekend I didn’t hesitate to swoop it up. Salvage Style is our local treasure trove run by former This Old House editor Amy Hughes. who has an amazing eye. Her tiny shop is so well curated, with just the right mix of mid-century furniture and decor pieces that both wow and warm your heart. In some ways, that’s what this bread plate did for me. You see, pane is the Italian word for bread. But it also happens to be my grandfather’s last name — though here in America it is pronounced “pain” rather than the proper “pahn-eh.” It is made by McCoy Pottery, a 100+ Ohio company known for its brown drip glaze. This bread plate is not typical, but it sure found the right home now that its mine.

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this adorable duck family makes me think twice about garden statues

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As rule I shy away from “garden decor.” Who needs things whirling, whizzing and peeking out from your shrubbery? (Though I admit to having a soft spot for garden gnomes, it’s true.) This adorable family of ducks at Uncommon Goods is just charming enough to almost change my mind. They’re made from recycled plastic and filled with clay and newspaper and are quite durable. Momma duck is $35 and each of the little ones is $28 — but wouldn’t it be tragic to break up a family? See uncommongoods.com for more details.

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discover muurla, the cutest tableware ever

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We spotted these insanely cute enameled mugs and plates at Royal Design and instantly felt our hearts flutter. Made by Muurla, a Finnish company founded in 1974, this collection focuses on Moomin, his family and friends Little My, Snufkin, Moominpappa and the others in the cartoon series. Our favorite is this Little My mug, with her punky ponytail and angry scowl.

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