This post is not sponsored. Simply a story I heard about and a company that I think sounds pretty amazing.
I knew I had to share it with you.
Produce is one of the biggest things I purchase every week. Our house goes through a lot of fruits and vegetables, which is awesome. However, as someone who loves to support local, I know my dollars could be better spent at local Farmer’s Markets. It is such a great idea, right? Packing up the family on the weekend, or during the week if you can, to head out to the market. It’s an experience. It supports our local farmers. The prices are pretty good.
But sometimes it’s just a hassle. And sometimes it doesn’t happen as often as you’d like, so you’re back at the grocery store stocking up on produce that’s grown down the road.
Courtney Tellefsen had this same problem back in 2007. The, at the time, stay at home Raleigh mom wanted fresh, local produce. Getting to the farmer’s market was just becoming a hassle though, especially with her 2 small kids in tow. She knew their had to be a solution. She got on the phone, got online, and made things happen. That’s how this local mom turned a problem into a wonderful solution: The Produce Box.
The Produce Box is a fresh produce delivery system. You begin by enrolling online. There is an annual $18 enrollment fee that not only funds the business expenses, but a portion goes directly to the farmers supplying TPD. On Friday, your menu will show up in your inbox. That’s when you can choose what box you want to have delivered, make any changes you need to, and wait for the greatness to show up at your door. If you don’t make any changes by Sunday at 9 pm, your default box will be delivered. Deliveries are made Wedneday – Friday and you don’t even have to be at home. If it’s warm out, simply leave a cooler and ice packs out for your delivery.
Supporting local farmers is extremely important to Courtney and the entire team at The Produce Box. Over 50 North Carolina farmers are a part of The Produce Box magic. As a matter of fact, until recently, TPD actually shut down in the winter because there simply wasn’t enough product. This year, after very careful consideration, Courtney and the team decided to source regional produce to supplement boxes December – March. This means that now The Produce Box can guarantee year round delivery services AND guarantee that their products are 100% local April – November. (Check out the seasonal menus to see what happens year round.)
A small business that originally started in Raleigh, today the delivery service covers the Triangle, Wilmington and Triad regions of North Carolina. The amazing committment to community is what really impresses me about The Produce Box. It’s not just the dedication to local farmers (100% local 9 months out of the year!), but also the consideration to simply giving.
In 2014 alone, The Produce Box bought more than 1.5 million pounds of produce from NC farmers and sent more than 1,600 boxes to low income families, more than 300 pounds of bulk produce per week to the NC FOOD BANK and 400 produce packs home with kids in the CAMP HIGH HOPES summer program. – Press Release
I have to honestly tell you that I haven’t tried The Produce Box. I can’t attest first hand to their service. I can however tell you that I am intrigued by their story and impressed by their mission. They are a local business that I can get behind.