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Don't throw that out!

Tue, 20 Feb 2018

Stem-to-root cooking featuring The Produce Box veggies!a guest post from Kate at Life of Ginger, one of our blogger (and member) favorites!Because of my Produce Box deliveries, I have become much more aware of the parts of food that we use and the parts that go to waste. Produce Box items arrive to your door a little differently than if you pick them up at the grocery store. For example, carrots might have the greens attached when you get them, or you’ll find broccoli and Brussels sprouts still attached to the stalk.At first I would just cut off and throw away the parts I wouldn’t normally use. But then a friend mentioned the broccoli stalk could be used multiple ways instead of throwing it out. Peel and chop up to use in a salad or cook it and puree for a soup. Then I[...]


10 Tips for Stem to Root Cooking

Fri, 16 Feb 2018

If just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world! There are many ways that you can reduce food waste. Here are some examples:TIP: Keep a collection of potato peels, greens, celery leaves and ends, carrot tops, the woody ends of asparagus stems, onion ends and skins, etc. in the freezer until you have enough to make a stock.Asparagus:Asparagus woody ends can be made into a delicious soup, stock, or even a tasty relish.Broccoli:Broccoli stalks have a richer flavor than the florets. They make a great soup or simply peel the tough outer skin and then shred the stalk to make a delicious coleslaw–like salad. Broccoli stalks contain calcium, vitamins A and C, and folate. The leaves are also edible. Throw them into a salad or[...]


Recipe Redo - Chicken Enchiladas

Tue, 06 Feb 2018

Guest post from our friend (and member!) Kate at Life of A GingerThis week my Produce Box delivery contained Cara Cara Red Flesh Navel Oranges (our favorite variety), Mixed-Organic Salad Greens,  Joyce Farms Naked Chicken Breast Tenders, zucchini, yellow squash, vine ripe tomatoes, and avocados. Plus, two small bags of my all time FAVORITE chips, made right here in North Carolina, Carolina Kettle Cozumel Jalapeno Queso Kettle Chips. They are so good I have to lock them away from my husband and kids! (Want to join The Produce Box? Click here and then read on!)My family and I have been on a real health-kick the past few weeks (except for my small Carolina Kettle chip habit). I’ve been replacing a lot of carbs like pasta and rice for steamed or roasted vegetables. We have been eating a lot more[...]


Local veggies, chopped, diced and ready to cook

Thu, 01 Feb 2018

Making it easy to bring the farm to your tableJames Sharp's family established Deans Farm in 1965 in Wilson. Their mission was to bring the best fresh produce to the community. We've been working with James for many years now and he always brings us delicious and beautiful produce.When we were looking to offer our members some time-savers like prepped and chopped veggies, soups and frozen meals, Deans Farm was at the top of our list. We met with James to talk about the survey responses, Facebook comments, e-mails and calls we were getting from our members about what YOU wanted to see on our menu.James responded in just a few days with a LONG list of what his farm and state-of-the-art farm kitchen could provide!  From veggie lasagna, squash casserole and all kinds of soups (tomato, veggie beef, etc.) to diced onions, carrots, celery and more, James[...]


Need some healthy #motivation? Here are Meatless Monday ideas!

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Guest post from our friend (and member!) Kate at Life of A Ginger, one of our blog faves!The past few months have been extremely busy with after school activities and work, so we have eaten A LOT of convenience foods. Boxed or frozen dinners that tend to be high in sodium and preservatives and low in nutrients.So, like most everyone in January, I decided it’s time to get healthy and eat better. This time I decided I’m not doing it by myself, but will also include the whole family. It’s so much easier to stick to a healthy meal plan when you only have to prepare one meal for everyone.One thing that has made this decision much easier in my very busy life is The Produce Box. The Produce Box is a wonderful service here in North Carolina that brings fresh produce, meats, dairy,[...]


Reflecting on the local food system in 2017

Sat, 30 Dec 2017

Wow...I can't believe we've come to the end of another delicious season, and I’m reflecting on not just THIS year, but the TEN years that we've been working to create a new local food system that WORKS! It works for our farmers, because they are able to do what they do best, and then get paid for it when they walk in the door, not weeks or months later. It works for our employees, many of whom have been with us 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 years, and who have grown in our company as we've grown. It works for our community partners, who enjoy the fruits of our labor and of your buying choices, resulting in hundreds of pounds of produce donated every week to food banks and pantries in your communities...and of course, it works for you, our members, who appreciate that local goodness hand-delivered to your door[...]


A passion for bread at La Farm Bakery

Wed, 27 Dec 2017

We're excited to start 2018 with La Farm Bakery breads on our menu! Their loaves are hand-crafted daily and the entire production process occurs on-site. From the hand shaping and the slow rising of the bread that gives it its characteristic depth of flavor, to the exact moment when it comes out of their specialty European stone-hearth oven.La Farm’s Master Baker is Lionel Vatinet. He has risen as one of the highest quality bread producers in America, having been recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for "Outstanding Baker" in 2015.His passion for bread was first nurtured when, at age 16, he joined France’s prestigious artisans’ guild, Les Compagnons du Devoir. After apprenticing with European bakers, he emerged 7 years later with the hard-earned title of Maitre Boulanger (Master Baker) and pledging to devote his life to teaching, sharing and preserving the ancient art and science of bread[...]


Southern Comfort Food for the Holidays

Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Guest post from our friend (and member!) Kate at Life of A Ginger, one of our blog faves!I’ve been a customer at The Product Box for just about six months now and I LOVE the company. I can place an order every week or skip weeks when I’m all stocked up. And I can order as much, or as little as I want, a bit of this and that, so I can try a new-to-me item like Muscadine grapes, purple tomatoes, collards, or mustard greens.Comfort food.You will find comfort food all over the country but here in the South comfort food is taken to a whole new level. Fried chicken, cornbread, chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, and of course, the ever-popular macaroni & cheese, to name a few.But the food served in the[...]


Real health not just hype -- turmeric and ginger

Thu, 30 Nov 2017

Orange Sky Organics adds local color to The Produce BoxWe've just started working with a new organic partner from Cary and we couldn't be more excited to tell you all about them! Michael and David became friends at work as they both had an interest in farming. They investigated the types of crops that would grow well in this area and settled on turmeric and ginger. They also recognized that there was a need for these organic items to be grown locally on the east coast.That's where some local love and hope came in to help them along! Good Hope Farm in Cary is a new cultivator farm created through a partnership between local nonprofits and the Town of Cary that seeks to connect new farmers to the land and resources they need to get started.Michael and David partnered with Good Hope to start their farming efforts and[...]


Helping to feed the hungry in your community

Mon, 27 Nov 2017

Each year, almost 3,000 members order Community Boxes from our menu. Where do they go? How do they help make a difference? We’ve partnered with charitable organizations across the state and in your area. Their efforts combined with the donations of our members means that hungry people get fed… and they get local, healthy fruits & veggies from The Produce Box!We’ve worked with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in the Triangle for more than five years. They don’t just feed the hungry but also teach skills for self-sufficiency and pioneer solutions to END hunger. Over 42% of what the Food Shuttle distributes is fresh produce -- so their partnership with The Produce Box was a natural!  “So far in 2017, The Produce Box has donated over 3,200 pounds of fresh produce to help feed those people in our region that are food insecure. This generous donation allows for the[...]