This is a story that reminds me how every gray cloud really does have a silver lining. I also want to tell you about two companies here in Asheville that are an important part of our local food movement. One of these is Blue Ridge Food Ventures who helps local food, beauty and wellness businesses with their local products. They also started working with local farmers to freeze their produce so it could be made it available as a winter CSA called Winter Sun Farms. Once a month during the winter, I would pick up frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, asparagus puree, green beans, diced green peppers, summer squash, pink and golden applesauce at the AB Tech Enka campus. I would then add these to my winter recipes. It would feel good knowing these foods were locally grown and healthy. This past year, Blue Ridge Food Ventures went through some structural changes and found that Winter Sun Farms would not part of their new business plan. When I discovered this I was very sad about it until I found out that another local company would actually home deliver the items that I used to pick up for my winter CSA! This company is Mother Earth Produce !
For the last 5 years, Mother Earth Produce has been working with local farmers to bring the best fruit and vegetables available and delivering these foods to their customers. This makes eating healthy and local more convenient and easier. They have expanded their reach beyond Asheville and now deliver to Greenville, Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas. In addition to fresh produce, they also have grass-fed beef, Smiling Hara tempeh, salmon, farm fresh eggs, cheese, honey, hummus, bread, pasta and grains. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, they are now taking orders for the delivery of local turkeys for Thanksgiving!
Ordering from Mother Earth Produce online is easy to do. They offer a small, medium or large fruit or vegetable bin. You can customize your bin contents and they will let you know ahead of time what you will be receiving so you can plan your menus! They also provide seasonal, healthy menu ideas weekly. My clients who have used this company really enjoy using their service and believe that it was one of the best things to happen with their eating habits! Ordering is also very flexible, if you go out of town for a week, just let them know and you can put your weekly order on hold whenever you need. You can also order a weekly small box normally but if you have guests coming, for a visit, you can add a large box to your order if you want!
Here are just a few healthy food recipe ideas that you can make with some of the frozen food available now at Mother Earth Produce!
- Applesauce muffins or pancakes!
- A fruit crisp with the blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Try my recipe!!
- A cream of asparagus soup with the asparagus puree!
- Simmer a minestrone soup on the stove using the diced green peppers, green beans and summer squash!
In my book Farm Fresh Nutrition, I feature both Blue Ridge Food Ventures and Mother Earth Produce as two innovative companies that help communities grow their local food movement! Change can be a good thing! I like knowing that I can still get the delicious frozen foods that I received from Winter Sun farms right to my doorstep from Mother Earth Produce! As a registered dietitian nutritionist in Asheville, I love seeing my clients eat healthier and delicious! I first heard about them from one of my clients! In celebration of Mother Earth having more local food available with their frozen options, they are offering a 10% discount for first time customers who use the code: Vine15!