With a full weekly schedule of play dates, parkour and chess club, it might seem like you need to be a magician to plan and shop for healthy meals to feed your busy family. Well, abracadabra! Now savvy Portland families can easily save money on grocery shopping, support local producers and end mealtime madness all at once. Welcome ACME Farms + Kitchen, a new service that’ll deliver a box of fresh local ingredients to your doorstep. Read on to learn more about this brilliant food delivery service.

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The Inspiration
Co-founded by Cara Piscitello and Joy Rubey, ACME Farm + Kitchen launched in Washington in 2011, after the two working moms of toddlers decided there was an easier way to get fresh, local food to their homes. Portland area deliveries started in January this year with the ACME Farm + Kitchen Locavore boxes, which feature seasonal produce, locally-raised proteins and a variety of cheese, fresh pasta, bread and eggs paired with recipes to make dinners simple and healthy. Think Kale Quesadillas with Spiced Pinto Beans, Shrimp Curry or a Cauliflower Soup with Brown Butter Sunchokes. ACME Farm + Kitchen boxes stand out with their commitment to local farmers and artisan producers, so families feel good about supporting their local food community. Unpack your delivery box, add a few staples and seasonings from your pantry, and you’ll be totally prepared when the kids ask, “What’s for dinner tonight?”

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Go Beyond
Now, meal options are even more exciting with the launch of ACME Farm + Kitchen’s Beyond Boxes. New in March, the Beyond Boxes are designed to complement the Locavore Boxes, featuring unique local goodies that might not fit in the regular Locavore Box rotation. Beyond Boxes regularly contain fresh eggs, a bread, two seasonal fruits and a dairy item, along with specialty items that can be used for snacks, breakfasts and lunches, like bread mix, cookie dough or hummus. Since there’s always a few surprises in the Beyond Box, you’ll be constantly inspired for new meals while discovering some great new local products!

Got a little chef in the family? Kids will love being able to help you unpack your Beyond Box and whip up something delicious in the kitchen. You might find fresh pasture raised eggs, local blueberries, pancake mix from Sweetheart Bake Shop, Willamette Valley cheese or lemon-ginger soda syrup from RAFT. (How about homemade lemon-blueberry pancakes for that slumber party this weekend?) Around holidays, you might discover even more fun treats within your Beyond Box, like a locally-made barbecue sauce for your 4th of July bash, or candies by QUIN.
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How it Works
With a few clicks, your family can have a beautifully curated box of local, seasonal food arriving right to your doorstep. Log on to the ACME Farm + Kitchen website and choose the box that fits your family’s needs and budget. Place your order before midnight on Sunday, and your box will be delivered on Thursday between noon and 7 p.m. Won’t be home for a few hours? No problem. Food comes packed in ice packs and thermal pouches to keep your yummy food cold until you arrive. ACME Farm + Kitchen also has a variety of delivery options to meet your needs. Make a one-time purchase, or subscribe to have a box delivered every week, every two weeks or just once a month. You’ll frequently find extra add-on goodies listed on the website, such as gorgeous fresh local flowers or special food items, so there’s always something new to discover.

A Box for Every Diet
The Small Locavore Box (starting at $75) contains ingredients for three meals and can be customized as SURF (containing one selection of fish or shellfish) or TURF (containing one selection of meat). The Large Locavore Box (starting at $99) contains ingredients for five meals and includes one selection of fish or shellfish and one selection of meat. Each meal is designed to comfortably feed a family of 3-4.

Need your box vegetarian or gluten-free? No problem, there’s a box for you. ACME Farm + Kitchen has thought of everything to make family meals a breeze, regardless of dietary restrictions. Paleo? No sweat. The Paleo Box (starting at $155) contains plenty of ingredients to make five delicious local Paleovore dinners. Don’t forget to add the Beyond Box ($70), and your family will be well-stocked with even more fantastic food to enjoy throughout the week.
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Insider Info
Join the ACME Farm + Kitchen weekly newsletter to stay up to date on the key ingredients for each week’s box and get a jump start on your meal planning. Need tips on how to stock your pantry, prep your meals for the week or encourage kids to try new foods? Follow ACME Farm + Kitchen’s blog, with colorful photos, great recipes and articles to help you seriously step up your kitchen game.

Ready to try? From now until June 30, 2016 ACME Farm + Kitchen is offering Portland area families $15 off any order with special code PDXREDTRI. (One use only, please.) Now you can really make your own kitchen magic knowing that you’re serving fresh and healthy meals to your kids, supporting your local farmers AND saving bucks for your family. That’s a win for everyone.

ACME Farms + Kitchen
Online: acmefarmsandkitchen.com

Are you excited to try ACME Farms + Kitchen? Which box are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan