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A letter from Courtney

Fri, 26 May 2017

The flowers are blooming, the rain has stopped (finally) and NC farmers are hard at work in the fields getting ready for their harvests! Kevin, our Crop Coordinator and resident chef, visits every farm we work with every year or so...7 so far this year....and always has great videos to share from the fields, so be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram posts for those!It’s hard to believe we’re celebrating our TENTH YEAR of supporting local farmers and we owe all of YOU a huge thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication, patience with Mother Nature and her antics and tactful feedback as we improve our program every year. This community of engaged and committed members has bought more than 10 Million pounds of fresh local goodness from our farm-partners over the years. That kind of impact really makes a difference!You've probably noticed that our[...]

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Know Your Farmer: Meet Shahane, owner of Carolina Mushroom Farm

Fri, 05 May 2017

Shahane Taylor is a former Marine who takes his mushroom growing very seriously as one of the owners of Carolina Mushroom Farm. Shahane specializes in the cultivation of fresh Portabella, Baby Bella, Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms.Founded in 2016 and located in the heart of Willow Springs, Carolina Mushroom has made our members very happy with their tasty mushrooms! Shahane decided to incorporate unused parts of a family farm into his mushroom growing business. He saw a great need for more mushroom farms in our state.He and his business partner updated several unused buildings on the farm to start growing mushrooms. They added HVAC, lighting as well as many other modern upgrades. Contrary to popular belief several varietals of mushrooms (oysters and shiitakes) actually need a large amount of light to grow.A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana. Mushrooms are made up of around 90% water.[...]

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3 delicious Spring Spinach recipes

Mon, 10 Apr 2017

Spring is here! To help us celebrate, Stacey Sprenz, a local food blogger and photographer, shared some of her favorite recipes with us. Stacey has taught cooking classes and held food demonstrations across the Southeast.Below are a few healthy, delicious spinach-themed recipes to use for Easter brunch or anytime at all!Carmelized Onion, Spinach, Goat Cheese Frittata Ingredients10 eggs (pasture-raised, farm-fresh if possible) 2 tbs. water ½ tsp. Italian herb seasoning 1/8 tsp. pepper ½ tsp. salt 2-3 tbs. olive oil 1 ½ c. onion – quartered and sliced thin 2 c. chopped spinach ½ c. goat cheese InstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees FTo the eggs, add: water, salt, pepper, and Italian herb seasonings. Whisk to incorporate and set aside.Sauté the onions in the olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until they begin to caramelize.Add spinach and continue to sauté for about 1 minute until spinach is wilted. Add salt to taste.Distribute the[...]

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Meal Boxes make it easy for our members!

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

One Pan Italian Sausage Meal BoxWe are continuing to feature Meal Boxes on our menu this year to help make dinner prep easy for our members! This is a way to enjoy delicious dinners with local, fresh ingredients but without an hourlong shopping trip or 20 minutes searching for a recipe!We hope to make your busy weeknights easier... and healthier!This week we partnered with First Hand Foods in Durham on the Italian Sausage Bake, an easy one-pan meal perfect for dinner this week. Enjoy!Italian Sausage Bake1 lb. Firsthand Foods Sweet Italian Sausage1 large fennel bulb, halved, sliced1 red bell pepper, seeded, sliced1 green bell pepper, seeded, sliced6 large garlic cloves, sliced in half5 sprigs fresh rosemary4 Tbs. olive oil2 Tbs. balsamic vinegarSalt & pepper1. Preheat oven to 375° F2.Cut each sausage into three pieces (approximately 2 inches long). Place on a baking sheet.3. Arrange the fennel, peppers, garlic, and[...]

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4 reasons to eat local

Tue, 14 Mar 2017

For the love of localGuest post by Wendy Sult, one of our wonderful Triad Coordinators for The Produce BoxAside from a failed attempt to grow brussel sprouts, a few sprigs of garlic trying to survive, and chicken-pecked lettuce leaves, my garden has looked pretty empty and bleak since last summer. I know it is important to eat seasonally and from local food sources; however, I do not have the time or patience for a large garden that would provide all of the produce we would need. (Can I get an “Amen!” from all of you who can relate?)I am thankful for farmers' markets, roadside stands and The Produce Box for providing most of what my family consumes!Did you catch what I said about eating local foods being important? It’s true. There are a ton of benefits to eating what is being grown in our area and[...]

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Member Box built by LB from Chapel Hill

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

Excited to introduce you to LB -- one of our awesome members from the Chapel Hill area. Here's a little bit about her and some great recipes that will be included in her Box this week!What made you join The Produce Box?I live in Fearrington Village with my husband John and a lot of books. I'm a PhD student and research assistant in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work and also work as a consultant and trainer on gender-based violence prevention. I love traveling, enjoying good food and beer with better company (ideally outside), yoga, dystopian science fiction and the occasional dance break. I joined The Produce Box because I enjoy cooking from scratch with fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. The Produce Box makes doing so easy and fun.What is your favorite local item on our menu?I've been loving the strawberries and collard greens[...]

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Getting the farm to your table - Mother Nature is in charge!

Wed, 01 Mar 2017

We know you all have read or seen the news about the weather swings we are having in North Carolina right now. They are really worrying our farmers (and us!) especially when it comes to those delicious NC field berries.Mother Nature can really take a toll on our farmers' livelihood and what you will see in our Boxes throughout the seasons. Irrigation levels, crop density and of course just overall harvests are all subject to the levels of rain, heat, cold, wind and other weather extremes in the area.The North Carolina strawberries this year have gone through an early maturity due to the warm weather snaps we got in February (and even January!) throughout the state. But now is the time when the farmers are especially vigilant of these crops as they get ready to harvest a great majority of them in the next 6-8 weeks.You can[...]

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2017 with The Produce Box - celebrating 10 years!

Fri, 27 Jan 2017

A message from Courtney, TPB Founder & CEOWow! 10 years! Can you tell we're so excited to be celebrating our 10th year makingfresh local produce deliveries to you and your family? We have come a long way since we started deliveries out of my garage with the help of just one farmer, y'all. Here's some funny memories that pop into my head from those early days:When we started we only had three box choices - the A, B or C Box! All the same size!How many of your remember TAPING A CHECK to the inside of your Box??? That was our sophisticated payment system!What about our VERY first non-produce item you could add to your Box... Lily's Maple Butter!And then today...We deliver to more than 10,000 families across the state from Charlotte to Wilmington!We buy more than 2 MILLION pounds of local North Carolina produce from over 70[...]

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Artisan Spotlight: JP's Pastry

Sun, 30 Oct 2016

Delicious AND gluten free cookies & cakes! Your taste buds won't know the differenceJP’s Pastry is an online gluten free pastry company located in the Raleigh-Durham area. They specialize in baking gluten free, artisan cupcakes and pastries with a whimsical twist that are both distinctive and delicious! JP's story starts with a love of cupcakes! Joe Parker (JP) was working in NYC in the fashion industry about 10 years ago and baking cupcakes on the side. He hit a roadblock in 2008 when his wheat allergy resurfaced. Knowing he had to come up with a way to continue his love of baking, he started playing around with different gluten-free flours and his gluten challenged friends started asking him to bake for them as well. He knew he was onto something!In 2012 he enrolled in San Francisco Baking Institute where he began to master his technique of using alternative flours and[...]

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Your fur baby can eat local too!

Fri, 14 Oct 2016

Did you know that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the US? That is a lot of fur babies! Through the years, we have partnered with some great companies paving the way with revolutionary pet snacks and products that are healthy AND yummy and add to the daily quality of life for our four-legged companions. In that tradition, we have teamed up with two partners who have some awesome goodies for that dog or cat love in your life.Barley Labs - Cheese variety dog treats Lab tested. Owner approved (Barley Lab's motto)Your pups are going to love these dog treats on the menu this week from our new partner Barley Labs! Home brewer, Scott, and his partner, Theresa, started re-purposing the spent grain from Scott's brewing. When their Lab, Barley, fell in love with the treats, they knew they were[...]

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