WHO WE ARE
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.
Eating well means buying from local farmers and enjoying the best tasting produce all year long. Ideally, produce would be served on your table less than five days after being harvested.
The reality? Because of the way our current food system works, produce can often take more than a month on their journey from farm-to-table. These crops are chosen for hardiness and durability, which often means they are less nutritious and less tasty than those that are locally-grown.
Freezing locally-grown produce efficiently preserves the taste and nutrition of these perishable products, making it possible for local produce to be consistently available throughout the year. Our close relationships with local farmers allows us to source only the best produce, without worry about the need to survive lengthy transport.
WE ARE A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION
In 2017, Seal the Seasons became a certified B Corporation.Seal the Seasons is committed to using business as force for good in the world by balancing profit and purpose.
B Corporations have committed themselves to a set of non-traditional business practices that benefit employees, customers and the community by creating a positive impact on society. The shared set of values between B Corporations include purpose, accountability and transparency.
Seal the Seasons is among the 2,655 companies in 150 industries and 60 countries that are Certified B Corporations.