Want cherries in January? Think shipments from Chile. That’s what Patrick Mateer wanted to avoid when he launched his business in 2015. Mateer came up with the idea for his frozen fruit company while working farmers markets as a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He saw the insatiable demand for local food. Yet, small family farms couldn’t sell all of their yearly crop.
So the UNC grad rolled out a plan. Seal the Seasons was born.
Working with local farmers, state by state, Seal the Seasons freezes their fruits at peak of freshness and then sells the products in the areas where they were grown. Initially taking off in the Carolinas, now Seal the Seasons contracts with farmers in multiple regions of the country to sell their products locally — in the Southeast, Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest/Great Lakes. California-grown local frozen fruit is coming soon to the Pacific Southwest.
While most fruit bought outside of the fresh seasons comes from all over the world, Mateer said there’s great fruit available right here in the United States — no need to truck or ship fruit thousands of miles over land and sea, he says.
New York cherries in January? No problem.
Think 12 months a year for cherries from Cahoon Farms in Wayne County. Seal the Seasons not long ago got wind of operations on the 800-acre, third-generation family fruit farm.
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