Closed June 29th to July 10th

Hi Folks!  We're gonna be closed over the week of July 4th for some well earned R&R with the family.  We appreciate your support!  You've been great at the Davis Square and Medford Farmers Markets, and we love seeing you all!  And a big shout out to those that are ordering from us on-line! 

Have a Great 4th of July!  We'll be back taking orders for delivery on Tuesday July 10th and we'll see you at the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesday July 11th (and every Wednesday thereafter until Thanksgiving) and at the Medford Farmers Market on Thursday July 12th (and every other Thursday for the season) -- we hope to see you there! 

Dan Goodwin
Scout Somerville Article on Mass Provisions

Special thanks to Scout Somerville for this great piece about us!

http://scoutsomerville.com/mass-provisions-brings-smoked-dishes-straight-to-your-door/

Mass Provisions Brings Smoked Dishes Straight to Your Door

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Dan Goodwin, founder of Mass Provisions. All photos by Chris McIntosh.

Posted By: Eddie Samuels June 5, 2018

Despite working in product design, Dan Goodwin was always among the first called to cook at a tailgate outside a big game.

“I used to go down to Patriots games and cook all the food for people down there,” Goodwin says. “Backyard parties turned into larger-than-backyard parties. People would tell me: ‘You should do this full-time.’”

For a long time Goodwin dismissed those suggestions, but after enough prodding he decided to make a leap.

“People who knew my passion for food were really excited,” Goodwin says. “But people who weren’t as familiar thought I was taking a big risk.”

Goodwin says he’s never been one to shy away from risks, and loved the idea of being hands-on with every aspect of his new venture, Mass Provisions, which launched in May 2017.

Customers choose from an online, fixed menu of prepared, frozen meals. They’re delivered ready to be tossed in an oven or onto the stove and eaten.

 

Mass Provisions fills a different niche than many other food delivery options commonly available, according to Goodwin. He explains that it exists somewhere in between food delivery and meal-kit subscriptions.

“There is some preparation that’s required of people, even if it’s just putting it in the oven or in a pot,” Goodwin says.

Goodwin explains that his work in design allowed him to understand customers’ needs and translate those needs into simple and streamlined solutions. He puts those skills to use every day while running Mass Provisions.

Goodwin carried over some tricks from his tailgate food into Mass Provisions: most notably, his penchant for smoked foods.

“I’m a big believer in using smoke as a flavor enhancer, indirect heat,” Goodwin says. “We’re doing things that you might not do at home because of the time that it might take.” A smoked dish could take eight hours to prepare, he says.

Smoking is a common theme that runs through all of the options available, from whole smoked chickens and wings to chilis and pot pies that include smoked meats.

Goodwin explained that the core recipes will remain even as new items are added so that he can focus on quality.

“We’re a small operation. I don’t want to be offering 30 things that are average.” Goodwin says. “I would rather have six or eight things that are incredible.”

This story appears in the Food, Glorious Food! issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

Dan Goodwin
Closed Memorial Day Weekend

We're taking a well deserved break from the kitchen over Memorial Day weekend.  We'll be back Tuesday . . . and at the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesday!

Dan Goodwin
Davis Square Farmers Market - Wednesdays, Noon to 6pm

The Summer 2018 season has begun!  Mass Provisions will be participating in the Davis Square Farmers Market this year, every Wednesday from 12 - 6pm in Davis Square, Somerville.  That's starting THIS WEEK, May 16.  The Market is located at Herbert & Day Streets, in the parking lot.  We'll be there with our usual compliment of food and good humor!  Stop by, try some of our delicious food, and take some home with you!  Hope to see you there! 

Dan Goodwin
Somerville Winter Market April 7 featuring our first Vegetarian Item

Hi!  We'll be back at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market at the Armory on April 7, 2018.  This is our last time at the Winter Market this year, and to celebrate we'll be offering our first vegetarian item: Black Beans!  I know - we're proud meat eaters . . . but I gotta say, this is one of the hottest items we make (it's actually mild, but go with me)!  Our Black Beans are at the top of our 'most frequently requested' menu items.  Why? 'It's delicious'!  Come out on Saturday the 7th, and try some for yourself . . . we'll be upstairs at the Armory, stop by, say high!

Dan Goodwin
Just in Time for Winter, a New Menu Item: Chili Con Carne
 We're introducing a new menu item: 'New England Style'  Chili Con Carne!   Made with beef, beans, tomatoes, sausage, corn, peppers, onions, herbs and spices; simmered for hours over the stove in our kitchen.  We call it 'New England Style' because we use kidney beans -- three different types -- for the beans . . . it's the 'traditional' way that folks have made chili in New England for years.  We use locally sourced ingredients, to up the flavor and down the carbon emissions.  We house smoke the sausage and corn to provide some depth and nuance to the chili.  On a cold winter day . . . this treat is hard to beat! 

We're introducing a new menu item: 'New England Style' Chili Con Carne!  Made with beef, beans, tomatoes, sausage, corn, peppers, onions, herbs and spices; simmered for hours over the stove in our kitchen.  We call it 'New England Style' because we use kidney beans -- three different types -- for the beans . . . it's the 'traditional' way that folks have made chili in New England for years.  We use locally sourced ingredients, to up the flavor and down the carbon emissions.  We house smoke the sausage and corn to provide some depth and nuance to the chili.  On a cold winter day . . . this treat is hard to beat! 

Dan Goodwin
Thanks for a GREAT 2017 Closed December 23 to January 3, 2018

We appreciate SO MUCH the support that we've gotten this year from our customers, partners, suppliers, the Markets we've taken part in, the PopUps . . . you've made this a fantastic year!  We're going to be off from December 23, 2017 until January 3, 2018 - the team has earned a well deserved break!  We'll be back in 2018, better than ever!  We pass our best Holiday Wishes to you and your loved ones!

The Mass Provisions Team

Dan Goodwin
Delivering NOW in the Boston Metro Area

We are now delivering within a 10 mile radius of Somerville for $5!!!  We're also happy to deliver outside to Greater Boston - just send us an email at 'hello@massprovisions.com' - we'll arrange a convenient time. We're also happy to deliver to your office!

Dan Goodwin
How to cook your frozen Mass Provisions Chicken Pot Pie

Our pies are available frozen . . . we don't use preservatives, so we freeze our hand constructed pies to keep them fresh for you!  When thawing a Chicken Pot Pie, use the refrigerator.  Place the pie in the refrigerator 12-24 hours before cooking (for the 9" pies . . . the 6" pies probably need 4-6 hours).  After thawing, place the pie in the preheated oven (350 degrees) and cook for 50-60 minutes.  The pie will be done when the top pastry browns and bubbles a bit.  You may cover the pie with aluminum foil for the last 20 minutes of cook time if you like.  Allow the pie to cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.

It is possible to cook a frozen pie . . . the cook time will be longer, anywhere from 80 minutes to 2 hours for the 9 inch; the 6 inch will likely take 40-90 minutes.  We definitely recommend covering the pie with aluminum foil for the first hour of cook time . . . again, preheat the oven to 350 before placing the pie inside. 

Enjoy!

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Food Showcase! April 27th at 3 Washington St, Somerville, MA
 Mass Provisions Chicken Pot Pie . . . made with organic chicken and vegetables

Mass Provisions Chicken Pot Pie . . . made with organic chicken and vegetables

Mass Provisions will be participating in our first showcase at Foundation Kitchen (the shared culinary work space we use) at 3 Washington Street in Somerville, MA from 6pm to 8pm.  We will be offering fresh samples of our artisanal food and offering our Chicken Pot Pies, Pulled Smoked Chicken, and Smoked Chicken Stock for sale.  Stop by, say Hi, take a tour and try some great food!  There will be a number of other Members showcasing their food as well . . . try it, you might like it!

Dan Goodwin
Welcome to Mass Provisions
 

 

Hi! Welcome to Mass Provisions!  This is our first blog post.  We’ll be blogging regularly so if you’re interested in hand crafted artisanal food – bookmark us or follow us here.

We thought we’d use this space to tell you a little about where what we’re doing and where we come from.  We started Mass Provisions with the simple idea that people love to eat something delicious and healthy!  We won’t sacrifice taste or top quality ingredients, and we’re not afraid of being healthy!  It’s possible to do both, and that’s why we’re here!


What We Do

To start, we’ll be serving delicious chicken pot-pies, whole chickens and chicken wings.  Some details you might be interested in: our whole chickens are organic, and are smoked low and slow for hours over real wood.  The wood provides the chicken with a nice light smoky flavor, and is an ‘old school’ cooking method that’s very healthy.  After the chicken is thoroughly smoked, we pull the chicken by hand, and combine it with organic vegetables – carrots, peas, onions, celery and some herbs and spices, then put it in a flaky pastry.  All you have to do is put it in the oven for 45-55 minutes and it’s ready to eat!  We’ve served our pies to dozens of people, and every one of them has said it’s the best chicken pot-pie they’ve ever had!   


Our wings are the stuff of legend! 

We started by providing our smoked chicken wings to our local community party for July 4th, and then for football tailgates.  Completely addictive!  Our secret is that we smoke our fresh chicken wings – we never fry them like most places do.  We smoke them with real wood for about an hour, and then sauce them.  They taste incredible, and they’re roughly half the calories of a fried wing. 


Order in Advance, Please

In order for us to provide you with the best possible food and service, while keeping waste of any kind to an absolute minimum, we’ll be accepting orders 48 hours in advance only. 


We’ll be posting our menu for the day here:

Some items will be available fresh-frozen, so you can store them in the freezer for one of those evenings when you crave something delicious and healthy, but don’t have time or feel like cooking.   


What’s Fresh, What’s Frozen and When

Since we share a culinary workspace, we only have access to the kitchen on a limited basis.  We’re going to start with one day a week – we’ll let you know when that is.  On those days, everything will be fresh – pies, whole chickens, wings.  On succeeding days, only our pies and soon-to-be-available Chicken Stock and Soup Kits will be available frozen.  We put the pies and the stock in the freezer immediately after they’ve been prepared, and we’ll deliver them to you frozen so that you can enjoy them (after thawing) anytime you like.  One important note:  if not thawed completely, the pies can take a bit longer to cook.  We enjoyed a previously frozen pie over the weekend, and it was delicious!  Total cook time (partially frozen) 85 minutes at 375 degrees.  We recommend covering the pie in foil for at least half the cook time.  You’ll know it’s done when the center of the pie crust starts to bubble!  Cool before eating!


How We Got Here

Some of my earliest memories from childhood are working the grill with my Dad.  All kinds of things: chicken, steak, lamb, pork, fish, you name it.  Later I became enamored with grilling vegetables – that started when I was in my Pescatarian phase, which lasted about ten years.  I bought an off-set smoker and started smoking meats and vegetables – whole meals really – for friends and family.  Then I started doing parties and tailgates.  It seems like over the past several years I’ve always had a knife or pair of tongs in my hands.  The reaction to my cooking has always been supremely positive – many of those same people have urged me to ‘go public’ with my food.  So here we are – Mass Provisions – now providing you with our hand crafted food made the way Mom and Dad used to do it. 

We’re working out of Foundation Kitchen, a shared culinary workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Initially, we’ll be delivering to Somerville, Cambridge, Medford and Boston.  We’re happy to deliver to your office or home, and we can also support take out.  Enjoy! 

We hope you’ll try our artisanal food, prepared especially for you!

Dan Goodwin

Founder, Mass Provisions


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