My family are BIG fans of the farmer’s market and Pick Your Own farms. Food that only travels a few miles is fresher and tastes better than food that travels for days and week before hitting the grocery store. Sadly, the farmer’s market is a bit of a drive for us and we haven’t made it nearly as often this summer as we would like to.
Add to that – as a family of entrepreneurs (there are 4 small businesses in our family!) I know how much local, small businesses appreciate the local support. So when Lowes Foods debuted their Carolina Crates I couldn’t wait to try them out!
The Carolina Crate is Lowes Foods’ version of a CSA box or “Community Supported Agriculture” in that they have committed to buying the farmer’s produce in advance of harvest. The best part about the Carolina Crate is that you aren’t required to buy one every week! You can just pre-order your box on the weeks you want it! It’s like the farmer market comes to you- they even load it in you car for you through Lowes Foods To Go!
Carolina Crate is also unique because each week, there are various fruits and vegetables from farms all over North Carolina, picked that week especially for the box. Unlike other CSA programs, a customer is guaranteed various types of produce, so you won’t end up with a box full of potatoes for one week.
- The Carolina Crate is available every Saturday and Sunday on a first come first serve basis through August 27th.
- Each box is $20 and will contain 6-8 varieties of produce..
- If you place your order through Lowes Foods To Go, your $4.95 service fee will be waived. Pre-Orders should be scheduled for pick up on the following Saturday. To pick up your Carolina Crate, pull up to the Lowes Foods To Go lane and our personal shoppers will bring your crate to your car. (You can order other items to pick up at the same time – all shopped by your personal shopper but remember pick up isn’t until Saturday- it’s like a bonus!)
The box I picked up today had:
Beefsteak Tomatoes – Barbee Farms
Bib Lettuce – Shelton Farms
Grape Tomatoes – Patterson Farms
Green Pepper – Bailey Farms
Green Squash – Patterson Farms
Pickling Cucumbers – Patterson Farms
Potatoes – Ferrabee Farms
Russet Baker Potatoes – Health
Farms Yellow Squash – Cottle Farms
The produce all looked fresh & I can’t wait to cook with it this week! The flyer inside the box also features a recipe for some of the produce in your box!
Be sure to place your order ASAP to get in on next week’s box to pick up Saturday Aug 13th!
Enter Below before 11;59 PM EST on Sunday 8/7/2016 and a winner will be chosen to get a FREE Carolina Crate for pick up at their local store!