Sardine Toasts

We’re always game to honor and celebrate food traditions associated with various holidays, enjoying the opportunity to get a glimpse into the beauty of a different culture through the preparation and sharing of a delicious meal. With this in mind, our Weekly Sale from August 10th – 16th celebrates the food traditions of Ferragosto! The celebration has Roman origins, dating back to Emperor Agustus in 18 BCE, and the term Ferragosto derives from the Latin “Feriae Augusti,” which translates to “August rest.” The feast was part of the period of the festivities dedicated to Conso, god of the earth and fertility, and was called with the aim of ensuring an adequate rest after the efforts made in the previous weeks of work. The date of the ancient Ferragosto was August 1st, though the Catholic Church later moved the date to the 15th, in order to make Ferragosto coincide with the religious celebration for the Assumption of Mary, so you may often hear the holiday referred to as The Feast of the Assumption.

In more recent times, Ferragosto signals the long summer vacation for Italians, and the culinary traditions of Ferragosto reflect the simplicity of summer cuisine in Italy. Dishes generally include carpaccio, seafood, fresh produce, and small plates of olives, cured meats, and cheeses. You’ll find some of these items in our Weekly Sale and this recipe offers a delicious way to pull them together! It’s a perfect way to showcase the succulence of a soil-grown Vermont tomato, and it’s the kind of meal that can be tossed together in 15 minutes without bringing too much heat to the kitchen. 

Spotlight on Muir Glen

We’re shining our Member Deals Spotlight on Muir Glen this week! From February 21st – 27th, all Muir Glen products are 20% off for Member-owners, so it’s a great time to stock up the pantry with these staples! Read on to learn more about why they shine:


Muir Glen was founded on the belief that there must be a way to grow a better tasting tomato—it must be grown organically. That’s why they grow their signature organic tomatoes in the rich organic soil of California’s Sacramento Valley. It takes a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it.

Their Principles –

Regenerative Farming

Muir Glen is building on their commitment to source 100% of their ingredients from certified organic farms by expanding their priorities to include regenerative practices like cover cropping and diverse crop rotations.

Protecting Pollinators

The unsung heroes of agriculture, the tiny but mighty bees work hard for our food.  Because the folks at Muir Glen want them to keep on buzzing for generations to come, they’ve partnered with the Xerces Society to plant pollinator habitats on the California farms that grow their tomatoes.

Farmers as Partners

As they learn more about the farmers and communities that make Muir Glen products possible, they’re working to find ways to support them all on a deeper level. Muir Glen seeks to understand their challenges and opportunities by cultivating real relationships with these champions who are committed to regenerating natural resources to ensure long-term prosperity.


Click HERE for great recipes from their web page!