Supporting farms in Pennsylvania and South Jersey just got easier.
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Small family farms have had a hard time lately. Over the past decade, they business fell 26%, according to the USDA. The changing climate is a big problem, but so are logistics – an estimated 45% of fruits and vegetables around the world ends up wasted, according to a study from Malaysia.
But one of the best things about working with family is that it helps you be resilient.
“We are a seventh-generation brother trio committed to growing the future while maintaining the legacy of our forefathers,” said Eric Davis of Parvin Farms in Pittsgrove Township, NJ “Our values are deeply rooted in family, community and sustainability.”
Parvin is part of a group of family-owned farms in the US that are joining together with a new way to make their local produce available 365 days a year – well beyond farmers market season.
Seal the Seasons is a new brand in the frozen aisle of your local supermarket. It works with family farms in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region to freeze their produce at the peak of ripeness and make it available year-round.
The company was founded to help family farmers compete with globalized agriculture and imported products. While most of us like to buy local fruits and vegetables to help the economy – and because the produce is of higher quality! — the winter months leave us with fewer options.
Enter Seal the Seasons. Now a trip to the farmers market is as easy as a stroll down the frozen aisle at your local grocery store.
“The most rewarding part of working this land is seeing the abundant life that comes out of it,” Davis said of the South Jersey farm his family has operated for decades, “and knowing our product is feeding America.”
Making local products available throughout the year
When asked, 54% of consumers said they would buy more local food if stores had the offers available.
Seal the Seasons was founded with this in mind by Patrick Mateer, who worked with local producers at farmers markets during his college years at UNC Chapel Hill. He saw the challenges they faced in selling all their produce in-season, which resulted in lost income and significant food waste.
He also recognized the benefits of locally grown produce – from freshness and flavor to the reduced carbon footprint of local transport.
Mateer created his company to connect the dots and help provide family farms with a reliable income stream. By creating a sustainable, local supply chain of growers, processors and distributors, Seal the Seasons invests in the community and provides a way to get a farm-to-table experience year-round.
Local food is better food
Seal the Seasons makes it easier than ever to buy local, so consumers don’t have to choose between convenience and farm-fresh produce from their community.
The benefits of buying local are more relevant now than ever. Buying fruits and vegetables grown in your state creates a reliable local supply chain with less time in transit between the field and your plate. Less time in transit means less greenhouse emissions, and that the produce is at optimal freshness.
Another important benefit of buying local is simply peace of mind. Knowing where your food comes from and who grew it ensures that you and your family are getting real food, without any chemicals or preservatives.
Seal the Seasons prides itself on transparency, which is why every bag features the local farm it’s from. Mateer and his staff also care about ensuring that future generations have access to healthy food – which is why they work with producers who use regenerative agricultural practices.
You can try the Northeast grown frozen fruits and vegetables by ordering online or find Seal the Seasons in a store near you! For in-store purchases, save $5 with this print-at-home coupon. Or get 20% off your online order with coupon code BILLYPENN22.