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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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What is Direct Trade?

Mon, 29 Aug 2016

More info from Joe Van Gogh on this term and what it means for TPB members Earlier in the summer, we introduced you to the folks at Joe Van Gogh, one of our favorite North Carolina coffee roaster! You'll find different varieties of their coffee on our menu throughout the year.Now we want to share more about the work they do with coffee growers all over the world. We have told you that Joe Van Gogh helps farmers by participating in direct trade. You might be wondering what that is. You’ve probably heard of fair trade, and maybe even seen it at your local grocery store. In recent years, there’s been a big divide in the fair trade world, and what resulted from the divide was “Fair Trade USA” and “Fair Trade International”. Direct Trade is another result of[...]

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Helping the Hungry

Wed, 17 Aug 2016

One of the many non-profits we have a relationship with is the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. They serve a huge area (34 counties!) and The Produce Box donates several pallets of fresh produce each week which the Food Bank makes available to the individuals and families served by its community partners.Jennifer Caslin, the Communications Supervisor for the Food Bank, shares how our partnershipstarted, “The relationship began when one of the TPB team members noticed that there was extra produce going to waste each week and wanted to find a solution. He called and we chatted about the great things The Produce Box was doing and we started picking up extra produce 1-2 times a week. It has been a great partnership ever since!""In fiscal year 2015-2016, our donors [like The Produce Box] enabled the Food Bank to distribute more than 22 million pounds of[...]

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Microgreens - the newest member of the SUPERFOOD family!

Thu, 11 Aug 2016

Did you hear that microgreens are the newly announced member of the superfood family? Since these adorable, tiny veggies are fresh on the radar, we’re working with Sweet Peas Urban Gardens, our local Raleigh, North Carolina microgreens grower, to offer a chance to try microgreens, sprinkled with loads of recipe ideas.Click on over to The Produce Box on Facebook and learn how to enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win one, two or even three complimentary deliveries of these nutrient dense and seriously flavorful micro plants. The list of culinary creations you can make with microgreens is endless, you’ll see!OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:1. To enter for a chance to win a Sweet Peas Urban Gardens' microgreens sampler delivered through The Produce Box, Facebook account holders must comment on The Produce Box's contest Facebook post with an appropriate response to the prompt provided. To enter for[...]

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Feeding local families with the YMCA's Camp High Hopes!

Thu, 04 Aug 2016

TPB Members donate fresh, healthy food for families in needIn North Carolina, over 850,000 children qualify to receive free or reduced lunch in the public school system. But what about those long summer months when they’re not in school?Unfortunately, many kids face hunger and food insecurity during this time. Camp High Hopes, a fully subsidized seven-week YMCA camp where kids participate in athletic and educational activities, offers a solution. This summer, 1240+ students from 765 families are attending Camp High Hopes in the Triangle area. And with the help of our members, The Produce Box is donating $80,000 worth of produce to these families. Every other week the kids are taking home Boxes full of fresh produce for their families! “The Produce Box and the YMCA want to make it easy for campers and their families to eat more fruits and veggies in the[...]

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