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The RAREBox

We all deserve to eat real food.

The RAREBox strives to offer people the most delicious & nutrient-dense food available in a convenient, affordable and connected manner.  We believe everyone should share the bounty of our ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, and taste the valleys of this temperate rain forest we are so grateful to be able to grow food in.

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RAREBox Contents

This page is still being updated - not entirely accurate as of Oct 22

Depending on the RAREBox you choose, some items may or may not be in the RAREBox you choose.  See 'How It Works' for more information on which items are included in each Box.

Item
Symbol
Description
Bonus
When we have excess produce, we use it. We make jams, can vegetables, ferment kimchi's, and use bones for broth. Or we may run across a something one of our farmer friends has and want to share it in the RAREBox for your enjoyment. We can't guarantee a bonus item every week, but we will do our best to include one.
Wildflower & Cut Flower Bouquet
A small bouquet to brighten the table while you eat with a mix of wild mountain flowers, traditional cut flowers, and native Southeast perennial flowers.
On-the-Go Breakfast
4 Servings of a quick Heat-and-Eat breakfast like Potato & Sausage egg bites, Lorraine Quiche, or Banana-Pancake Bread Pudding.
Dessert/Pastry & Fruit
A delicious (and nutritious) dessert made with the month's seasonal fruit and sweeteners such as monk fruit, honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Mushrooms
A small bag of R.A.R.E. grown, wild harvested or locally sourced organic mushrooms.
Meals
All meals are made with organic vegetables that are in season that month. Healthy preparation methods are used (cast-iron pans, slow cooking, low-temperatures, etc...) and the meals come with suggestions to pair your 'On-the-Farm' produce using quick and simple recipes. 4 meals are included; 2 'meat' meals and 2 'vegetarian' meals. Meat meals are made with meat using chicken, beef, lamb or pork that is pasture-raised/grass--fed & grass-finished/wild caught. The vegetarian meals are made with that month's seasonal, organic produce.
Dairy
Pasture-raised eggs, Raw Milk (a.k.a. REAL milk), and local artisan cheeses may be included in your R.A.R.E. Box.
Mix of Wild Edibles
The Blue Ridge Mountains supply us with an abundant amount of extremely nutritious wild foods. We will hand-harvest edible species and include recipes and suggestions for using them in your meals. This is one of the most nutritious parts of your box.
Loaf of Bread
We are in a constant process of perfecting the art of baking bread. Our bread is made with gluten free ingredients, and we bake it the night before you receive your Box.
Salad of the Week with Dressing
We use the week's salad greens with other produce and may add cheeses, olives, tortilla chips, etc... to your salad depending on the style. We include a homemade dressing that uses either olive or avocado oil as a fat.
Seasonal Soup
4 Servings of a delicious soup made with the week's seasonal ingredient.
On the Farm
6-10 Servings of vegetables picked less than 48 hours before you receive your Box. Sourced from R.A.R.E. Farm and other local farms that use similar, chemical-free and regenerative methods of agriculture.

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RAREBox Standards

Local  

Seasonal & High-Nutrient Food

The longer the time period between when a vegetable is picked to when that vegetable hits your plate, the lower the amount of nutrients that vegetable contains. Besides supporting the non-subsidized REAL farmers in your  

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region, eating locally ensures the 'health' aspect of healthy eating.  We use methods like flash freezing and delivering your food to you within 48 hours of harvesting to ensure you experience the optimal flavor, as well as nutrients, of your RAREBox.  

Healthy Animals

Emulate the wild

All dairy products are from grass-fed cows, or humanely-raised goats. Our eggs come from a neighbor in Otto, NC who has the happiest and healthiest flock of birds we've ever encountered.  All of our meats  come from farms &

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ranches that best try to mimic an environment that would suit the needs of each animal in 'the wild'.  We only purchase pasture-raised pork, grass-fed & finished beef, grass-fed lamb, pasture-raised chicken and NC mountain trout.  

Chemical-Free

Produce from REAL farms

Organic certification is expensive for most small farmers, and organic food does NOT equate to nutritious food.  On our farm and the farms we we work with,  methods like minimal tillage and using compost & manure, as well 

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crop rotations and other ecologically-sound practices to naturally create yields and ensure the highest nutrient content.  All of our farmers refuse to use the quick-fix & environmentally destructive chemicals and practiv of 'Big Ag'.

Cooking Methods

Traditional & Slow-Cooking

For any 'pre-made' food in the RAREBox, we utilize the processing methods that best preserve the nutrients in each ingredient.  Cooking at high temperatures for long periods of time degrades many of the beneficial vitamins

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and probiotics, and many people aren't aware that that vast majority of 'healthy' cooked food from restaurants are bathed in unhealthy oils and fats.  We only use grass-fed butter, avocado and coconut oils when cooking.  We try to avoid using dairy, and everything is ALWAYS gluten-free.   

IDEAL RAREBox Content Calendar

The food & meals available are dependent on what the weather and farm conditions have allowed for, so the calendar below is a very rough estimate of what to expect for the year of 2022.  Check the updated weekly homepage for the current week's RAREBox contents.

*Wild Edibles, Salads, Bouquets & Bonus Items are not included on this schedule, but will be included in the RAREBox

**Recipes are also subject to change on this schedule, so check the RAREBox homepage for the week's RAREBox contents

Month
June
July
August
September
October
November
On the Farm
Salad Greens, Tomatoes, Carrots, Onion, Radish, Beets, BokChoy, Cabbage, RAdish, Kale, Mustard Greens, Snap Beans, Squash, Zucchini, Potato
Salad Greens, Tomatoes, Peppers, Potatoes, Okra, Onions, Snap Beans, Squash, Zucchini, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Collards
Salad Greens, Tomatoes, Peppers, Collards, Butterbeans, Squash, Zucchini, Green Onions, Herbs, Melons, Okra, Snap Beans, Sweet Corn, Cucumber
Salad Greens, Tomatoes, Green Onions, Collards, Mustard Greens, Squash, Zucchini, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Corn, Herbs, Peppers, Cucumber
Spinach, Kale, Collards, Salad Greens, Beets, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Herbs, Kale, Mustard Greens, Pumpkin, Radish, Snow Peas, Sweet Potato
Spinach, Salad Greens, Radish, Sweet Potato, Beets, BokChoy, Collards, Herbs, Kale, Winter Squash, Broccoli, Mustard Greens
Soup
Carrot-Rhubarb with Ginger
Irish Potato-Leek
Cool & Creamy Cucumber & Mint
Avocado Infused Gazpacho
Ginger & Sage Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato
Autumn Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup
Bread
Wonder-Loaf
Brown Beer Bread
Biscuits & Corn Bread
Sourdough Round
Sourdough Round
Hearty Artisan Bread
Meal 1
Smoky Spanish Beef Stew
Trout Ceviche with Plantain Chips
BBQ Pulled Pork
Thai Coconut Curry Chicken & Rice
Lamb Barbacoa Corn Tacos with Avocado-Cabbage Slaw & Butternut Squash Cream Sauce
Shepherd's Pie with Mushroom Gravy
Meal 2
Broccoli-Tomato Casserole
Cauliflower-Alfredo over 'Zoodle' & Rice Linguine with Roasted tomatoes
Farm Pizza
Zoodle & Palm Heart Lasagna
Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Curry
Apple, Quinoa & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
Dessert
Blueberry Muffins
Blackberry Crumble
Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Tart
Peachy Bread Pudding
Apple Pie
Pear & Pecan Crisp
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 F.A.Q ' s

Can I substitute items?

Is all the food grown on the R.A.R.E. farm?

Do I have to sign up for a subscription?

What's different about your food versus other grocery stores or farmer's markets?

Where do I pick up my Box and how do I pay for it?

Can I add additional items from the online Farm Store to my box?

Is it actually a box?

Can I cancel a Box after I've confirmed for the upcoming weekend?

Not this year.  We currently don't have enough staff or inventory to substitute some items for others.  However, feel free to reach out to Rob or Jesse and if you catch us in time, we might be able to make something work.

Yes and no.  We grow many of the items in your Box, but we also purchase food from other farmers we know uphold our R.A.R.E. standards.  This allows for a greater diversity of food in your Box, and also helps support our fellow Blue Ridge REAL farmers.  

No.  We send you a text on Tuesday of the week we are offering a Market Basket.  Once you reply yes on that Tuesday (and it is first come, first serve), we will reserve a market basket slot for you and begin preparing for it's completion and delivery that ensuing weekend.

Fresher, tastes better, higher nutrition, utilizes 95% seasonal ingredients, supports REAL local farmers, provides unique recipes & dishes you won't find in restaurants, but MOST OF ALL - makes eating healthy EASY and something to look forward to. 

We will either personally deliver it to you, create a local pick-up point that you will agree to before confirming your RAREBox, or you can pick it up at the RARE Farm.

Yes!  When you go the farm store page, scroll down to view our additional products.  Select those additional products with the market basket (or within 3 days before pick-up/delivery) and we will include your selected items in the basket.

Yes and no.  We bring each 'RAREBox' in whatever packaging we have available, and try to re-use packaging as much as possible. 

 We do all of our prep for each week's Box every day leading up to when you receive it, so the short answer is no.  However, we will provide you with your next future RAREBox free of charge.