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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Hit the Somerville location to show the flag and put some money in the coffers & am so glad I did. Could pile on the anecdotes, but one made my day: three really, really old ladies who wore their church hats to celebrate.
As of this morning, most perishable stands aside from dairy were empty or close to it - great deals on ground beef, watermelon, kale & a few other things, though - and supply carts were pouring out of the back in the short time I was there. Great sight!

about 15 hours ago
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Recommendation on fish and chips?

Yes! Island Creek churns out a good plate, too. Am looking forward to trying the Druid.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Diana Merriam, one George's daughters, has a summer house on Cape Neddick.

August 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Farmer Al has them at the Davis Market today, along with buckets of blueberries & beautiful onions (red & white).

The Hmong farmers have an abundance of zucchini blossoms!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Thanks for raising a solid citizen!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Now there's another asset to fight over!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Given the current climate, it's almost impossible to believe that these job fairs were created to find employees. Seem like a cynical & desperate - not to mention lame - PR move by the board to make it look as though they're doing something as this Double-Arthur death-spiral drones on, while maximizing the chance that increasingly strapped MB workers will lash out at applicants, providing great photo ops.

Best book for improving cooking skills?

Agreed, and would add the slim little volume by Julia called Simple Kitchen Wisdom.

Aug 03, 2014
pocketviking in Home Cooking

Fave Asian dish featuring crab in the area?

That's a broad range! That said, I love the kani nigiri and the Alska roll @ Cafe Sushi.

Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

A friend battling throat cancer has found that where he eats is more important than what - most restaurants have something mechanically workable on the menu. He feels self-conscious at most places.

Kolbeh of Kabob, just opposite Cambridge Hospital, is a warm, welcoming place with comfortable seating and plenty of things your friend could eat.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Just to clarify, I was responding to Striper's point about MB having to process unemployment claims!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Ask, and thee shall receive...

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The Somerville lot is still almost completely empty (did a drive-by on a circuitous route to WF). Am concerned that media attention has flagged - this board included. If our region can't sustain a just labor protest which benefits consumers as well as workers, this country's screwed.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Exactly. MB employees have been braced for this confrontation for quite some time and aren't fighting for Artie T. out of blind loyalty. He's proven himself to be an excellent advocate for MB workers while enriching himself and other shareholders. MB employees want to keep what they've got. Walmart benefits, anyone?

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes. Log out and bring back some boots-on-the ground reporting.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I just reported what I've seen at my local MB. There are enough eyes on this board to check out every MB - and maybe some fault will be found w/protesters. That said, relying on "social media," especially in a dirty fight like this, is senseless.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

No one'e blocking anything in my area - employees are just absent. Big difference. Picketers are kind to employees who can't afford to not work, and to shoppers who need MB prices/proximity. If "corporate" - whatever/whomever that means now- was expecting otherwise in Danvers, they're just demonstrating their level of competence.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Not good. Which store?

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Sure they can, but if a company charts a bad course, no one's obligated to support it. In this case, all a boycott means is voting with our government-issued dollars.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Third option, Pt. Ii: Artie T. faction then creates an employee-owned company.

Bagels coming to Cambridge?

According to Mark Levy at Cambridge Day, Bagelsaurus is taking over the Rosie's space and aiming for a September or October opening.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

If anyone on this board wants and can afford to do something easy and helpful beyond boycotting, maybe go buy some bottled water & packs of salty food and deliver to picketers outside your local store. Just did this during lunch hour, inspired by the high temperature. Black-top is brutal right now.

Shaw's, by the way, has some great bargains on bottled water & I had extraordinary customer service - shocking change from the norm.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Ok, so Warren Buffet isn't going to scoop up Market Basket the way he did Jordan's Furniture - that sure isn't what the current board's after anyway. Apologies for the blowhard post.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Here, private equity is seeking venture capital. It may not work if the brand's too damaged to leverage.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes, thanks. The best of this board beats most news sources by a mile.

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Teddie peanut butter - just peanuts & salt. Really good!

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes. Was leaning in that direction & Jenny Ondioline's posts on the other Market Basket thread, combined with a walk through the Somerville store tonight (to see, not to buy) tipped the balance.

July 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Central Square today was excellent. Both Farmer Al & Kimball's had blueberries. Kimball's & Dick's had raspberries. Lots of tomatoes and corn coming in, and Tony Parker had some beautiful new potatoes. Greens were plentiful of course - Hmong stand had amazing stuff, as usual.

Disquieting note: the financial planner's booth! Really, people?!

Kate's Buttermilk

No, and it's puzzling since all Camberville branches carry Kate's butter and if I'm remembering correctly only Garelick and another so-so buttermilk.

Kate's Buttermilk

Saw your post earlier & run, don't walk, back to MB if you can. There were seven bottles about 15 minutes ago! I haven't seen it anywhere else - strange gap in WF's dairy section.