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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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Falling for Fall: What's coming from the farms and a great fall recipe!

Thu, 06 Oct 2016

Pumpkin spice is in the air...can you smell it? We can! Just as the cooler weather starts to envelope the warm, so do we see a change over on the farms. All of that summer bounty will begin to move out in the coming weeks and you will see a brand new rotation of fall produce begin to show up in your boxes.Here's a preview of some of those awesome fall goodies that are just around the corner:Fall Squash - Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut and Butterkin, oh my! Whether you're making a soup or pasta dish or stuffing them with sausage and apples, these are some of the most versatile and delicious squash out there and we will start getting these in from Gary in Granville County next week. They have a fantastic shelf life so don't be scared to stock up for use through the winter. The[...]

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Ugly veggies need love too! Top 3 reasons to eat that ugly carrot

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

But you already knew this right? Here at The Produce Box, we've been encouraging our members for years to get past the look of the produce and straight into the heart of what they are purchasing and where it comes from. You sometimes will find "the uglies" in a Produce Box and we've learned that these little guys are just as healthy and tasty as their more popular counterparts. They all come from the same North Carolina dirt in our case!For all our newbies and maybe some of our seasoned TPB members who just need a reminder, here are a few reasons why you should be eating those cosmetically-challenged fruits and veggies:1.  Ugly produce may actually be more nutritious! Ugly produce grows under more stress and the plant responds by feeding more nutrients to the fruit. In fact, a study published in The Journal of Horticulture Science and[...]

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Back-to-School Lunch and Snack Recipes

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

THIS IS A REPOST FROM LAST YEAR -- AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE!!!Our Charlotte area manager, Meaghan, recently shared her tips for easy back-to-school lunch and snack recipes on Charlotte’s WBTV.Delicious (AND EASY!) recipes featured:Caprese Salad KabobsWhat you need: Tomatoes, basil, mozzerella balls and optional balsamic vinaigrette.Preparation: Cut tomatoes in half. Put basil in between tomato and mozzerella ball on a toothpick. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette if desired.BLT SaladWhat you need: Bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese.Preparation: Mix lettuce (or spinach) with toppings, and you’ve got a BLT salad! No dressing needed (I know mine are not fans of it!)Vegetable SnackWhat you need: Cucumber and peppers.Preparation: Cut up cucumbers and peppers and put on skewers. Pack individual hummus or ranch packs for dipping!Fruit SnackWhat you need: Apples and peanut butter (or almond butter).Preparation: Slice apples horizontally. Scoop core[...]

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