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The Case for Better Beef

It’s a brisk winter day in Bolinas, a wind-swept coastal California hamlet north of San Francisco. Seated beside a roaring fire, in a home nestled on his BN Ranch, legendary livestock farmer Bill Niman, in jeans and fleece, is talking about burgers. And he’s getting a little worked up. Read more »

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The Magic of the Pixie Mandarin

An intrepid family’s quest for better-tasting citrus Read more »

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BN Ranch Joins Blue Apron

We’re excited to announce that Bill Niman, a legendary rancher and animal welfare pioneer, and his BN Ranch have joined Blue Apron. Read more »

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Lemons Like You’ve Never Seen

If you’ve cooked with us, you know we love our lemon zest. But this time the lemon in your box looks a little different. Here’s why. Read more »

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The Secret Story of Soil

Chris, the owner of Say Hay Farms in northern California’s Yolo County (northwest of Sacramento), isn’t what most people would think of as a typical farmer. A UC Berkeley graduate with a degree in Philosophy, he’s a brilliantly articulate admirer of soil. Chris wants us to think about “dirt” differently. His main lesson: it’s alive, “a giant living web.” Soil teems with an ecosystem of countless microbes, crucial to growing healthy, delicious produce like Say Hay’s gorgeous orange cauliflower, hearty beets and petite shokichi squash. “Once you kill that ecosystem it takes a lot of work to build it back up,” he says. “It’s not something that you can take lightly.”
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One Man’s Quest for the Perfect Fish

Josh Goldman has finally settled down: After years of searching, the fish farmer found the perfect fish to raise. Delicious and sustainable, it’s called barramundi, and it took him over three years and 30 tries to find it. Read more »

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Seafood in a New Light: The Truth About Wild and Farmed Fish

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of seafood: the health benefits are undeniable (we’re looking at you, Omega-3s!) and it’s a delicious and, most importantly, sustainable source of protein. Not to mention, producing seafood requires dramatically less energy than other animals. For example, it only takes one pound of feed to create one pound of fish, but for meat and poultry it can require up to nine times as much feed. Supporting sustainable seafood choices is a win-win for us all. Read more »

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Join the Conversation: Food Waste in America

As part of our mission to build a more sustainable food system, we’re committed to doing our part to turn this trend around. We asked the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a leading global sustainability non-profit, to conduct a study to learn more about our impact on food waste. The study, which set out to compare a week of meals’ waste at Blue Apron versus the traditional grocery store, revealed that we reduce food waste by 62% in comparison. We’ve been able to achieve this thanks to our unique business model, which enables us to predict demand and work directly with farmers to grow only what’s needed for our recipes, as well as to pre-portion ingredients for our customers and donate to food banks across the country. Read more »

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America’s Tiny Farmers

One of our favorite things about summer is cooking with delicious summer squash. Tender and versatile, summer squash comes in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, from zucchini to green and yellow zephyr to round eight ball to pattypan (think adorable flying saucer). Like tomatoes, corn and eggplant, summer squash is a seasonal must. But growing it isn’t a simple proposition. It takes serious teamwork, and one of the the most important players isn’t human. Buzzing between squash blossoms, tiny bees perform an essential service: in exchange for sugary nectar, they transfer pollen, which allows the plant to fruit. Read more »

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Discussing Sustainable Food Systems at Ecofarm 2016

We recently attended the 36th annual Ecofarm Conference which brings together over 2,000 farmers, ranchers and scientists each year to discuss topics in sustainable farming.  The four-day-long conference consisted of panels, workshops and presentations focused on creating an ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable food and farming system.  During the conference, the Blue Apron […] Read more »

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