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Courtesy ACME Farms + Kitchen.

We Portlanders have taken local eating to a near-professional level, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always easy. Limited farmers market hours don’t always line up perfectly with our busy schedules, and crafting delicious recipes out of this week’s eclectic CSA box can be challenging at best. And of course, even when your kitchen is full to bursting with local produce, you’ll likely still need to swing by the grocery store for all your other recipe essentials.

 Enter the Locavore Box. This food delivery service by Bellingham-based ACME Farms + Kitchen has been shipping boxes brimming with locally-sourced eggs, cheeses, meats, breads, pasta, produce, and other necessities since 2011, and plans to expand to Portland this December. Each box contains the makings of 3­-5 delicious dinners, including recipes and meal plans. A June delivery, for instance, might include fresh fettuccine, organic cream, spring onion, shelled peas, pasture-raised eggs, and a recipe for Pasta Alla Papalina.

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Make Squash Apple Soup with ACME's trial box. 

Paleo? Gluten-free? Dairy-free? Vegetarian? There’s a box for that, too. Converts can even upgrade their subscriptions with a Beyond Box, bursting with bonus items like apple cider, waffle mix, cookie dough, and apricot jam. Best of all, patrons can place their orders on a weekly basis, avoiding the daunting long-term commitments required by many subscription services. 

Ready to test-drive ACME’s offerings? Sign up online to be among the first to receive the company’s new Portland boxes, filled with local favorites like Olympia Provisions and Ancient Heritage Dairy. While you’re there, order an trial box loaded with squash, apples, kale, cheese, a Fleur de Lys baguette, and recipes for Squash Apple Soup and Kale Salad—all for only $16! Who knew locally-sourced cooking could be so simple?

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