Since 2000, more than 21 percent of small family farms have been forced to close. These farmers struggled to find a market for their fruit and year after year they were forced to leave some of their crop in the field. Eventually, it became too much and they had to close their doors.
Patrick Mateer met many struggling farmers while working at his local farmers market during his college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Patrick also noticed an uptick in the demand for local food by consumers, who could only access it a couple weeks out of the year when a crop was in season.
Patrick founded Seal the Seasons in 2014 to connect the dots – making local frozen produce available year-round, while also helping provide small family farms with a reliable income stream year after year.
We work with family farmers on a state-by-state basis to freeze their produce in season and sell it in local grocery stores 365 days a year. We are on a mission to create a more localized food system and make local available in every aisle of the grocery store year-round.