For the last two years, I’ve been purchasing fresh fruits, veggies, and even local breads from The Produce Box. The Produce Box is basically a delivery service that works with local (NC-only) farmers to bring fresh produce to many communities and front doors in North Carolina. What I love about this concept is that it benefits farmers by giving them steady and predictable business, makes us healthier by allowing us to eat fresh produce that hasn’t been picked more than just a few days ago, and helps out the environment by reducing the distance the fruits and veggies have to travel.

The price isn’t much different from what you would find at local grocery stores, so in terms of costs, you’re not saving much (if anything). However, services like these connect families to their communities, allow them to be healthier, and introduce products that they might not have normally tried. As many of you know, I love a challenge in the kitchen and the Produce Box has given me that by including items such as beets, rutabagas, and turnips that I normally don’t cook a whole lot with. With a handful of boxes to pick from each week, and an organic box, this service is right up our alley! If you want to eat local and fresh, teach the kids about where their food comes from, and help the environment while you’re at it, check out http://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/ to find local farm programs near you. Over the last few years, I’ve created Indian, Mexican, Hispanic, Italian, American, Indonesian, Chinese, and many other types of dishes with a single produce box. There’s much more that you can do with the veggies than just building salads. But, just in case you’re interested in those, I included two pictures that show off my favorite Produce Box salads. Enjoy and feel free to reach out to me if you want to learn more about how to get involved with a local farms program!