Local Food Made Easy with Home Delivery and Subscriptions

Hi All, This month for my food segment on My Carolina Today, I was excited to talk about companies offering you fresh, local, high quality meats, produce, dairy and artisan food products. These companies make it easy to enjoy farm fresh foods delivered right to your door and offer convenient pick-up locations throughout the Triangle. Each one of these small companies is run by hard-working, dedicated folks who want you to enjoy the best food available by making it easily assessable Bella Bean Organics, Papa Spud’s and The Produce Box all offer a home delivery service making eating local and heathy easier than ever. Firsthand Foods offers a (M)eat Box subscription that you have to sign up for to receive your monthly box of meat during the allotted timeframe. Sign-up is open now but will be closing soon. Having cooked several cuts of their meats, I know firsthand (no pun intended) just how good the quality is. I suggest signing up asap!! NC Made was a company recommended to me by my friend Andrea Weigl, Food Writer at the News and Observer. WOW!! These are top-notch gift boxes of NC artisan food products and make perfect gifts for family and friends, corporate clients and wedding guests and any special event. I for one would be ecstatic to receive one. Thanks to all listed below for sharing your stories, products and enthusiasm for local food. Johanna Local Food Options Delivered to Your Door (Link to Video) 4966613_G   Firsthand Foods  Firsthand Foods   Firsthand Foods connects North Carolina’s pasture-based livestock producers with local food lovers, restaurants, food service providers, and retailers.  We source from a network of remarkable farmers who raise their animals humanely, on pasture, without feeding antibiotics or animal by-products, or using added hormones.  We do the legwork necessary to get a consistent selection of quality local meats into local markets. Firsthand Foods Meat box Firsthand Foods’ (M)eat Local Box is a seasonal subscription program that provides home cooks with a monthly delivery of fresh, pasture-raised pork and beef sourced from a network of remarkable North Carolina farmers who raise their animals humanely outdoors without growth-promoting antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products. Boxes are delivered to selected pick-up locations throughout the Triangle. (M)eat Local boxes are curated by us to include a mixture of fresh cuts, adapted to the season, with an emphasis on grilling cuts such as steaks in the summer and braising cuts like roasts in the winter. hire_the_wagon You’ll enjoy familiar products like pork loin chops and flat iron steaks. And you’ll discover more novel items like pork shanks, hangar steaks and marrow bones. To meet your every day needs, frozen ground beef, sausages, and pasture-raised whole chickens are available as “add-ons” when you pick up your box. Because they are sourced and sold locally, our meats are exceptionally fresh and contain no fillers, additives, nitrates or artificial colors. You can choose from a small box (3-5 lbs) or a large box (5-7 lbs).  Not sure what size is best?  Click HERE for some examples of what meats you might find inside a typical box. Website: www.firsthandfoods.com Twitter: @firsthandfoods Facebook: Firsthand Foods Papa Spud’s PapaSpuds_logoPapa Spud’s is an online farmer’s market, working to connect Triangle residents with local and/or sustainable farmers and their products. By using Papa Spud’s you can customize and purchase weekly deliveries of your favorite fruits and vegetables, direct from the farm – ensuring superior freshness and quality, while supporting local and/or sustainable growers, and offering them a fair price for their labors by cutting out the supermarket middle-man. How it Works 1) Sign up for service Sign up for service through our easy to use, mobile friendly website. http://papaspuds.com/subscription.php 2) Farmers list products Local farmers communicate weekly harvests to us and we list them on our website.

View products here 3) Custom Order or Auto Order Login to your online userpage and pick out your local selections for the week 


Do nothing and we will automatically send you a box of seasonal products based on your account preferences. 4) We deliver to you! We receive products in from our farm partners, pack them up, and deliver them to your front door for you and your family to enjoy! Eat the freshest food available while doing something positive for the local community. Website: www.papaspuds.com Twitter: @papaspuds Facebook: Papa Spud’s The Produce Box  The Produce Box Enjoy NORTH CAROLINA farm-fresh fruits and veggies delivered each week to your front door or office! Eat good. Our NC farmers fill our weekly boxes with fruits and veggies harvested at the peak of freshness. And we offer local meats, cheeses, bread, honey, jam and more NC goodies that you can add to your box at any time!  Click here for prices, examples of our boxes and more on how our service works! Do good.  With every order, you help us to provide grants to NC farmers, programs for schools and boxes for low-income families in our area. Feel good.  Delicious, fresh produce gives you energy, strengthens your body and sharpens your mind. TPB BOX From award-winning peppers, eggplants and heirloom tomatoes to lettuces, melons and cabbages, our farmers work hard to put food on YOUR table! And it’s AMAZING how many delicious varieties of veggies and fruits we have in this state! John has an amazing field of asparagus near Pinehurst. Becky gives us those amazingly sweet Asian pears and NC persimmons. Glenn sent over 200 lbs of shitake mushrooms and Lou in Orange County grows fantastic garlic for us (as do Tom and Jan in Johnston County). Our farmers practice “good agriculture” by using filtered or closed water systems and cover crops. They are good stewards of the land they farm.  Many use little to no pesticides, and although most are not certified organic (very expensive to do), they are thoughtful and careful in the way that they farm. Each year, our partners diversify more and more and grow an amazing amount of fruits and veggies for our members. This is good for the environment, and good for you. These friends help us all to eat healthier! Website: www.theproducebox.com Twitter: @TheProduceBox Facebook: The Produce Box Bella Bean Organics  Bella Bean Organics About Organic local home delivery of produce, meat, eggs and artisan goods in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, RTP, Burlington, Greensboro, Mebane, Winston Salem, Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Franklin, Guilford, Forsyth and Alamance Counties. Description Farmer Grown, Farmer Owned From our Farm to Your Table Bella Bean Organics is the leading home delivery grocer for organic produce and artisanal provisions in the triangle. We focus on offering food for the conscious consumer and work with local farmers and artisans. You can see a list of our offerings at market.bellabeanorganics.com You may be familiar with our sister farm, Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough. Bella Bean Organics offers many Coon Rock Farm meats, eggs and produce alongside other local farmers’ goods. When you buy from Bella Bean, you’re buying from people that know how to grow food as well as sell it. The team at Bella Bean Organics is dedicated to providing organic, local produce as a main pillar of a healthy and nutritive diet. We’re committed to transforming the local food economy by educating our customers via our business model. We believe in our food. Bella Bean is the Piedmont’s leading home delivery service focused solely on local, organic, sustainably raised produce, meat, and artisan products. We are the only home delivery service in the state actually owned and run by local farmers. The Bella Bean team has invested years finding sustainable foods for their own table and their restaurants. Now all of these products area available through our service so that health and food conscious consumers in the Triangle and Triad areas can have a complete selection of sustainable, organic food delivered fresh to their door. Local & Organic Food Delivery Serving Wake, Durham, Orange, Franklin, Alamance, Chatham and Guilford Counties Bella Bean is an online farmer’s market and weekly delivery service. Each week we deliver fresh local and organic produce, meat, eggs, bread, cheese and specialty foods to your front door. Our delivery area includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Burlington, Winston Salem, Mebane and any other location in Wake, Orange, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Alamance, Chatham and Guilford counties. Support Local Farms & Sustainable Agriculture We partner with local farms and artisans to provide you with the freshest seasonal produce, meat, eggs, bread, cheese and specialty foods available. Your customized produce box is delivered weekly to your front door. Fresh Enjoy the freshest selection of produce, meat, eggs and specialty foods from local farms and food artisans – ripe and full of flavor. Flexible Customize your delivery. Pick and choose from a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, local meats, fresh baked bread, and local cheese. Travelling or don’t need a box one week? You can use our automated “hold” system to skip any week. Fun Order online. Your produce, meat, eggs and artisan foods will be delivered right to your door. No travel, no hassle. Our Service We offer weekly local and organic produce and artisan food delivery to the local area. Each week you may choose between our Recommended Box or a custom box with your favorite items. Our market is open between noon on Wednesday and 5:00 on Friday and deliveries occur on Tuesday and Wednesday depending on your location. The Recommended Box $20 (plus shipping & handling) Each week, we make a recommendation for your box. If you like our recommendation, then no action is required. The Recommended Box will arrive at your door on Tuesday. The Recommended Box is a $20 box perfect for individuals, roommates, or couples. Sample Recommended Box Lettuce Kale Eggplant Bell Peppers Sweet Potatoes Squash Customize Your Box If you know exactly what you want, you can order it by customizing your box. Choose from local & organic produce, pasture raised meats, cage-free eggs, local cheese, fresh baked bread, organic cookies & brownies, jams & jellies, and other specialty foods. We offer over 400 local products. Every Wednesday, we will send you a link to our online market where you will be able to customize your box. Website: www.bellabeanorganics.com Twitter: @SustainableEats Facebook: Bella Bean Organics NC Made  NC_MADE_LOGO-transparent

NC MADE curates gift boxes featuring handcrafted NC foods with a focus on tastiness and design. With its deep agricultural roots, North Carolina offers a world-class bounty of handcrafted gourmet foods. NC MADE was founded on the belief that these artisanal foods should be available in beautiful packages that you’d be proud to send as gifts.

We know that coming up with gift ideas is hard, so we make it easy. Our North Carolina food gift boxes are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, expressing appreciation, housewarmings, and other special occasions. You can order via our website where shipping within NC and tax are included, or you can contact us to discuss custom or volume orders.

NC MADE gift boxes also make perfect corporate gifts. If you want to impress your clients and employees and support local North Carolina food producers while you’re at it, contact us. We are currently taking custom and volume orders for Christmas and the winter holidays.

We’re also perfect for weddings! If you want to feature North Carolina-made artisanal and gourmet foods at your wedding, contact us to discuss our North Carolina wedding welcome box and wedding favor offerings.

Our partners include the best in food from across the state. We’re proud to feature Durham’s Big Spoon Roasters nut butter, Waynesville’s Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon pickles, Hillsborough’s Farmer’s Daughter Brand preserves, Mt. Olive’s First United Methodist Church blister-fried peanuts, Concord’s Ritchie Hill Bakery cheese straws, Raleigh’s Videri Chocolate, and many more.

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NC MADE Food Gift Door Photo Our partners:

  • Big Spoon Roasters (Durham)
  • Blue Blaze Soda Syrup (Asheville)
  • Cloister Honey (Charlotte)
  • Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon (Waynesville)
  • Crooked Condiments Apple Butter (Asheville)
  • Crude Bitters (Raleigh)
  • Farmers Daughter Brand (Hillsborough)
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farms Salami (Fairview)
  • Mt Olive First United Methodist Church Blister-Fried Peanuts (Mt Olive)
  • Num Num Grilling Sauce (Durham)
  • Outer Banks Sea Salt (Kitty Hawk)
  • Ritchie Hill Bakery Cheese Straws (Concord)
  • Tonya’s Cookies (Chapel Hill)
  • Videri Chocolate (Raleigh)
  • White Whale Cocktail Mixer (Durham)

Website: www.ncmade.net Twitter: @ncmadenet Facebook: NC Made  Happy Eating, Johanna    


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