Seal the Seasons was founded in 2014 by CEO Patrick Mateer because of his passion for local food and desire to support local growers.
Patrick worked at his local farmers market while in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and met numerous small family farmers who couldn't sell all of their yearly crop. Patrick also noticed consumers insatiable demand for local food. He founded Seal the Seasons in his dorm room at UNC-Chapel Hill with the goal of connecting the dots in the food system.
Seal the Seasons works with farmers on a state-by-state basis to freeze their produce in season and offer it year-round in local grocery stores.
Available products depend on what is grown in a specific region. For example, Seal the Seasons offers cherries in the Northeast, but not in the Southeast, where they aren't widely grown.
Seal the Seasons local frozen fruit is currently sold in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Pacific Southwest and Southeast.
Seal the Seasons strives to make local fruit available to everyone 365 days a year.
Most fruit bought outside of the fresh seasons comes from all over the world. We believe that there is great fruit available right here in the United States.
Seal the Seasons also aims to save family farms. Since 2000, 21 percent of small family farms have been forced to close their doors. Seal the Seasons hopes to change that by providing farmers with a new, reliable revenue stream.