“We are farmers,” says Jamie DeMent, who with her partner, Richard Holcomb, are the owners of Bella Bean Organics.
“We’ve been curating a list of farmer partners and producers for the entire decade we’ve been farming. And we couldn’t do this if we didn’t understand seasonality. We are inside the system and understand it.”
Just what is this, you ask? It’s something that we’re very excited about, so much so that we included it in this print issue’s “Where to Shop” section.
Bella Bean Organics is a new concept where CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)meets “Birchbox.” A delivery service where local, organic, and sustainably raised produce, meat, and artisan products are delivered to your door on a weekly basis, shoppers can customize a box, or just trust Jamie and Richard to build one full of delicious variety. Either way, it’s farmers market quality and direct marketing with convenience for the buyer.
Bread from La Farm Bakery, tomatoes at the peak of ripeness, fresh cheese from Chapel Hill Creamery, and rainbow trout fish fillets are just some of the products available. The company takes the time to ship each item in its own insulated boxes for perfect temperatures (tomatoes don’t taste good chilled, but cheese has to be!), and the service area is growing exponentially, extending at the present from Maryland through South Carolina.
In order to provide consistency in what they offer, the company works with approximately 50 farmers, including ones in more remote rural areas. Summer is the peak time, of course, to fall in love with a Bella Bean box.
“When your box changes colors with all those fruits and veggies, then life gets better,” says DeMent. We couldn’t agree more.
Editor’s Note: Owners Holcomb and DeMent will host a tasting at The Gin Joint in Charleston, South Carolina, June 23rd, from 3-5 p.m. Meet the farmers and owners behind Bella Bean Organics and taste a huge selection of their foods. We’ll be Instagramming live from the Meet and Greet, so come and say hi to us as well!
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