Why I Joined the Produce Box

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Produce Box and have been asked to participate in the blogger program  “join The Produce Box”. I have been compensated for this post. Opinions are my own.

You never know what good fortune attending a health fair will bring, no matter who you are! For me, it was meeting Robyn Arthur, an area manager of the Produce Box and learning  how North Carolina residence can have fresh local produce (pictured above)  delivered to their doorsteps!

Initially,  doorstep delivery seemed superfluous.  I am, however, passionate about eating local, eating seasonal, and  supporting North Carolina farmers. But let’s face it,  all of the above can be achieved by shopping at any of the numerous farmer’s markets in my area.

However, after my first few delivered boxs from the Produce Box, and getting in the routine of ordering, I am finding the convenience of delivery is one of the BEST reasons for being a member! Prior to becoming a member of the Produce Box, I would set aside time during the week to shop at  one of farmer’s markets in Wilmington. Going early was always smart, as goodies sold out quickly and were often picked over by noon. I generally bought what looked good, and figured out what to prepare with it after I got home.

Now the process of ‘shopping’ for fresh, local produce is simplified. It not only saves me time by eliminating a trip to the market, it has also improved my efficiency with meal planning.  On Friday afternoons, I log into my Produce Box account and view the menus. It looks like this..IMG_3536TheProduceBoxScreen Shot_edited-1TheProduceBoxScreen Shot

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There are generally 5 to 8 different varieties of North Carolian farmer-grown fresh fruit and vegetable produce boxes. Contents vary depending on what’s in season. Specialty items  from local artisans are also available, including: honey, local meat, seafood, bread, cheese, butter, peanuts, peanut butter, jams and desserts. I can make my selection online immediately, but generally I think about the choices over the weekend , considering what I have going on in the coming week and plan meals around one of the  boxes offered.  I place my order by Sunday night at 9 p.m. Deliveries are Wednesday; right to my front door. All I need to do is unpack my box and refrigerate the produce. This week I selected the Harvest Box. Here’s how I  plan to use it:

Green beans will be steamed and used in my light and healthy Salad Nicoise.IMG_2006 copy_edited-1

Yellow squash will be prepped into zoddles in  this easy recipe for  Cod, Pasta and   Zoddles with Lemon Pesto .IMG_codwithzoodles_edited-2

The corn will be cut off the cob and made into a  Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad  that’s a perfect accompaniment for just about anything I put  on the grill this week.

Field tomatoes  and bibb lettuce will be the base of the salads I make  for lunch or dinner.

Strawberries will be gobbled up in between meals (with  a little whipped cream). YUM!

I never realized how much time I spent shopping and planning meals until I streamlined the process with doorstep delivery made possible via the Produce Box. Join me in making healthy eating easy, sign up for local produce delivered  to your doorstep today!

 

TPB Kale and Citrus Salad

This salad highlights the knockout flavor combo of kale and citrus with a honey mustard vinaigrette. Kale and Citrus SaladDisclosure: I received a Produce Box , as mentioned in this post, free of charge. I was not asked to write a review or post a recipe. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

Are there any flavor combinations you especially savor? March is  National Nutrition Month® , and we’re reminded to  ..

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IMHO kale and citrus are the bomb! When I received this box on my doorstep from the Produce BoxIMG_3053I knew a kale and citrus salad was in my future. I recently made this Kale and Citrus Salad, but decided to try out Laura’s recipe (included in with  my local goodies). Here is the result and I ‘m savoring the flavor… Kale and Citrus Salad

If you live in North Carolina and aren’t already enjoying fresh, local produce delivered to your doorstep, be sure to sign up here.

What flavors are you savoring?

TPB Kale and Citrus Salad

by Laura(the Produce Box)

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 oranges/tangerines/tangelos/grapefruits/etc., peeled and sectioned
  • 1 small red onion, thinnly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Combine kale, oranges, and onion in large serving bowl.

2. Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey in a small bowl and slowly whisk in olive oil.

3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and pour over kale salad. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

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