Location varies – Fresh corn. Vine-ripened tomatoes. Sumptuous squash. Name a locally grown vegetable, and it might be included in the next Carolina Crate from Lowes Foods. While supplies last, shoppers are able to pick up a crate packed with locally grown produce at select Lowes Foods beginning at 9 a.m. each Saturday. More than 200 local farmers are participating in Lowes Foods’ Carolina Crate program.
The Carolina Crate program kicked off June 13th and will continue until August 27th. Each Carolina Crate contains six to eight varieties of produce, which have been selected based on what is at its peak, and weighs ten to twelve pounds. The cost for a Carolina Crate filled with goodness is $20. If a Guest pre-orders through Lowes Foods-to-Go, the shopping fee is waived.
“The farm crate movement began several years ago in the Northeast and has since spread to other parts of the country,” Heather George senior vice president of brand strategy for Lowes Foods said. “Many people know them as CSA or ‘community supported agriculture’ boxes. Lowes Foods has committed to buying a farmer’s produce in advance of harvest. Unlike many other similar CSA programs, Lowes Foods does not require a subscription or advance payment from shoppers.
“Our Carolina Crate program is the perfect way for families to enjoy produce at its peak and at the same time, support local, small farmers right here in the Carolinas. You can’t request what you receive in a Carolina Crate,” George said, “the surprise of discovering what has been harvested for the box each week is part of the fun. We even include recipes so that shoppers can go home and start enjoying their fresh produce.”
Carolina Crates are available only in select Lowes Foods stores. Go to LowesFoods.com for a list of participating stores.
About Lowes Foods, LLC
Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs nearly 9,000 people and operates 95 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table, by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong focus on exceptional attention to our guests, with services like Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts. To learn more, visit lowesfoods.com or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc. For more information, please visit lowesfoods.com.