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Seal the Seasons in the News

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

FEB. 17, 2017

Weaver Street Market

JUNE 6, 2016

Seal the Seasons in the News

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

FEB. 17, 2017

Weaver Street Market

JUNE 6, 2016

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Seal the Seasons in the News

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January 8, 2020

Throughout the past several years, many consumers have been increasingly focused on shopping more locally, especially with their produce. However, local farmers oftentimes do not have the resources to be able to supply their produce to a larger scale on their own. They are also at the mercy of environmental influences that may affect their harvest. 

Meet Patrick Mateer of Seal the Seasons

December 17, 2019

Today, we'd like to introduce you to Patrick Mateer. Patrick, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don't you give us some details about you and your story. When I was growing up, it was instilled in me that we're all better off when we support one another as a community. My parents were proactive neighbors -- they made casserole for sick friends, kenneled the dog from down the street, and were always involved in community gatherings and events. 

Innovation at every level of the supply chain: The future of natural products

November 4, 2019

Working at the farmers market during college, Patrick Mateer was excited by what he saw: consumers and farmers connecting over eager demand for fresh and local food. But he was concerned, too, about the excess that was coming back from the market unsold with no other clear outlet, and about the problem of aligning the daily output of the farm with the weekly opportunity of the market. 

Chobani Gives Budding Food Businesses a Leg Up

November 1, 2019

Chobani is renowned for being socially conscious. The yogurt producer’s founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, has helped to revitalize industrial towns such as Twin Falls, Idaho, and hired refugees and veterans. One of the company’s more altruistic initiatives is Chobani Incubator, which offers $25,000 in funding and four months of training and networking opportunities to fledgling American food and beverage businesses. 

The Story of Seal the Seasons

October 31, 2019

As the chill of autumn closes in and winter is just a snowy breath away, the memory of summer’s lavish bounty can induce wistful sighs and unfulfilled cravings. If only there were a way to have that glorious local produce all year round.Well, now you can. Because Patrick Mateer and Seal the Seasons are on a mission to rescue local farmers, lift up local economies, and furnish a profusion of perfectly ripe, brilliantly flavored local fruits every day of the year. 

The NEXTY Awards winners for Natural Products Expo East 2019

September 12, 2019

At every Natural Products Expo, we recognize a few dozen products that stand out to a panel of industry judges, as well as New Hope Network’s content team, NEXT data and insights team, standards team and marketing team. Exhibiting brands nominate their products prior to Expo East and samples are sent to the New Hope Network office in Boulder, Colorado.

The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation's Innovation Fund Names its Inaugural Cohort

August 28, 2019

The Innovation Fund, a program of The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, today named its inaugural cohort of innovators, selected from nearly 400 applicants who submitted interest earlier this year during the first-ever open call. 


August 1, 2019

The headline success stories for the Piedmont Food center are Chapel Hill-based Seal the Seasons, which works with farmers in 36 states to freeze produce in season and sell it in local grocery stores, and Raleigh-based Nellino’s Sauce Co., which develops and markets tomato-based sauces. 

produce-freezing service helps somers farm extend sales

May 10, 2019

When Patrick Mateer was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holding down a job at a nearby farmers market, the budding entrepreneur noticed a dispiriting annual ritual: when the growing season came to a close, the small-scale producers who kept the market stocked would have no choice but to dump their harvests.

026 RTP Capital’s Mark Friedman and Elaine Bolle: Understanding Angel Investing

March 25, 2019

I spoke with Patrick to learn what inspired him to create Seal the Seasons and how RTP Capital helped him build his business.

Startup Seal the Seasons, American Farmland Trust partner to help save family farms

March 21, 2019

Seal the Seasons, the Triangle startup that works with farmers to freeze and then deliver to stores local produce, is partnering with the American Farmland Trust in another bid to help save family farms.

PG GenNext Award Winner’s Startup in Spring 2019 Chobani Incubator Class

March 19, 2019

Among the members of the Chobani Incubator programs Spring 2019 class for disruptive food and beverage startups is Seal the Seasons, the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based frozen produce company co-founded in 2014 by Progressive Grocer GenNext Award recipient Patrick Mateer.

Find Us in the Frozen Food Aisle

March 18, 2019

When I first met the Chapel Hill, North Carolina based team from Seal the Seasons, I knew this crew embraced the, "No Farms, No Food" message of American Farmland Trust. 

frozen fruit with a mission

March 13, 2019

Patrick Mateer founded Seal the Seasons with a mission “to make all NC fruits and vegetables available to all North Carolinians all year round.” We were the first store to carry their frozen fruit and vegetables, in 2015! Since then, the company has grown rapidly. 

grown local, and now staying local

March 12, 2019

As the late-winter snowmelt feeds the watershed of the Willamette River, growers around the region are once again preparing for the coming agricultural season in the Willamette Valley.

patrick mateer - seal the seasons

February 25, 2019

In November, Patrick Mateer, the CEO and founder of Seal the Seasons, was named the recipient of the 2019 Specialty Food Association Leadership Award for vision.

Seal The Seasons Launches Locally Grown Frozen Fruit In The Midwest

February 15, 2019

Seal the Seasons, a national brand selling locally grown frozen fruit, is partnering with Meijer as the first Midwest retailer to carry its products.

Seal the Seasons Announces Partnership with Midwest Retailer Meijer

February 14, 2019

Seal the Seasons, a company that provides frozen locally grown produce, announced their partnership with the Midwest retailer Meijer.

North Carolina Startups Raised More Than $1 Billion Last Year. Here's Why Raleigh Is the Tech Industry's Best Kept Secret

February 1, 2019

A hyper-educated workforce means the Research Triangle, the North Carolina region comprising Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh--Inc.'s No. 3 Surge City--has a booming and brainy startup scene. Once known for tobacco and textiles, the area has reinvented itself as a hub equally well-versed in tech and food.

exclusive interview: making local produce available all year-round

January 31, 2019

In a world that has become globally linked, a search for a regional and local identity is on the rise – especially when it comes to food. The desire for traceable products is increasing, and it comes alongside a health-driven outlook that embraces organic food producing.

Fancy Food Show Education Recap: Q&A with Leadership Award Winners

January 16, 2019

The winners of the 2019 Leadership Awards share their wisdom for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. The Specialty Food Association's 2019 Leadership Award winners were honored Sunday, January 13, at the SFA Membership Meeting and Leadership Awards ceremony.

SFA News Live: Patrick Mateer, Seal the Seasons

January 15, 2019

One of the SFA's 2019 Leadership Award Winners, Patrick Mateer of Seal the Seasons, stops by SFA News Live at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

kwmr: the farm and foodshed report

January 14, 2019

Who said that hunter gatherers and farmers can't get along? Your local "Hunt and Gather girl" Robin Carpenter is the host and producer of the Farm & Foodshed Report every Monday at high noon. 

Honorees Accept Specialty Food Association’s 2019 Leadership Awards

January 13, 2019

Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko’s (Petaluma, CA), Lisa Curtis of Kuli Kuli Foods (Oakland, CA) and Patrick Mateer of Seal the Seasons (Chapel Hill, NC) accept leadership awards from the Specialty Food Association in day one of the Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show.

January 10, 2019

Seal the Seasons Launches Local Produce in Pacific Southwest

Seal the Seasons is coming to the Pacific Southwest! The local frozen fruit brand has been authorized for distribution in California and Arizona-based retailers. They will launch five top-selling products in the winter and spring of 2019.

Seal the seasons picks wayne county fruit farm

December 29, 2018

Want cherries in January? Think shipments from Chile. That’s what Patrick Mateer wanted to avoid when he launched his business in 2015. Mateer came up with the idea for his frozen fruit company while working farmers markets as a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Patrick Mateer, Seal the Seasons - Dec 12, 2018

December 12, 2018

Patrick Mateer founded Seal the Seasons as a farmer’s market that partners with local family owned farms and that freezes their products locally at the peak of freshness.

specialty food association announces 2019 leadership award winners

November 29, 2018

Every industry needs its leaders and the Specialty Food Association (SFA) has always been one to champion this vision of leadership and community. The association recently announced its honorees for its 2019 Leadership Awards. 

2019 leadership award winners

November 28, 2018

The Specialty Food Association’s Seventh Annual Leadership Awards honor food industry front-runners who go above and beyond by creating positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact through innovation and vision. Their efforts build a better world.

Progressive Grocer Names 2018 Gen Next Award Winners

November 14, 2018

Progressive Grocer is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural GenNext Awards program, recognizing emerging grocery leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in either the grocery or consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.

frozen fruit blossoms

October 10, 2018

Record low prices for fresh fruit combined with growing demand for non-fruit smoothie ingredients stopped frozen fruit growth in its tracks last year. But the category is back in the black once again, thanks to the introduction of more convenient smoothie blends, better-value big bags and more organic options.

seal the seasons

September 27, 2018

I continue to celebrate my experience at this year’s Specialty Food Association Summer Fancy Food Show. This is mostly because of all the great products I am still enjoying, but also all of the food makers with whom I remain in contact such as Seal the Seasons (@SealtheSeasons). 

seal the seasons launches new local product in the pacific northwest

September 19, 2018

Seal the Seasons’ locally-grown frozen fruit is now available in the Pacific Northwest, hitting the shelves in Safeway-Albertsons Oregon division stores! Safeway and Albertsons stores across Oregon began carrying four top-selling Seal the Seasons products in late August.

A segment with sibani: is iowa corn on the way?

September 13, 2018

The connection between food, specifically fruits and vegetables, and seasons is one that runs deep. That one bite into an ear of corn — or a juicy strawberry or nimble blueberry — carries a flavor that transcends taste.And when the season turns, the food turns. Fall means pumpkin pie and squash, for example.

Whalen farms, pure berry co announce partnership with seal the seasons

September 6, 2018

Two local revealed some "berry" exciting news for their Jersey Fresh produce. On Thursday, September 6th, Jeff Whalen of Whalen Farms in Shamong, and Bryan Jewell of Pure Berry Co., in Vineland held a press conference to introduce their new line of fresh frozen fruit products with Seal the Seasons. 

Shoprite offering local ny, nj frozen fruit

August 13, 2018

Locally grown frozen fruit from New York and New Jersey is now available year-round in ShopRite stores, which began carrying five Seal the Seasons products this month.Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Seal the Seasons has teamed with local farmers in New York and New Jersey to freeze their produce and make local fruit available anytime in the frozen aisle.

The deal has been sealed with seal the seasons

August 6, 2018

One of the reasons to eat truly local foods is you get to eat with the seasons – fresh onions in the spring, juicy tomatoes in the summer, figs in the fall, and greens in the winter. For some, eating in sync with nature creates a more meaningful connection to the world and ultimately to our lives.


August 3, 2018

Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Seal the Seasons (sealtheseasons.com) expands its unique line of locally sourced frozen fruit offered under a single national brand from the Mid-Atlantic to five new regions.

seal the seasons finds the secret to offering year-round local produce

July 19, 2018

There is nothing quite like biting into a plump, sweet New Jersey blueberry. Ditto a South Carolina peach, or a Michigan cherry. But as any farmer knows, the seasons are fleeting with excellent local crops being available for only a few weeks each year, leading to market gluts, wasted product and other issues.

it's official: seal the seasons raises $1.8 million

July 19, 2018

A food processing company helping local farmers has raised $1.8 million in a private equity offering, according to a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Seal the Seasons, Inc. raised the money from 13 investors, according to the filing.

chapel hill startup that wants to help farmers grow sales raises $1.8 million

July 12, 2018

Chapel Hill-based frozen foods company, Seal the Seasons Inc., has raised $1.8 million in a private equity offering, according to a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

chapel hill startup seal the seasons to take fresh produce to much of us

July 9, 2018

Seal the Seasons continues to grow its business footprint, teaming up with farmers to take fresh produce to much of the U.S. The Chapel Hill startup recently announced plans to expand their product line of locally grown produce to consumers in nearby communities to four new regions, expanding from the Carolinas to the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Pacific Southwest in the coming months. 

seal the seasons expands distribution

July 2, 2018

Seal the Seasons is expanding to five new regions across the United States during the summer and fall of 2018, as announced by the company on Friday. In addition to its North Carolina base, the company is rolling out its unique “national/local” model (national brand, product sourced on a local basis) in the Northeast in July, the Pacific Northwest in August, the Midwest in September and the Pacific Southwest in October.

are we entering a frozen food renaissance? 

May 24, 2018

Let’s be honest: frozen food does not have the best reputation. From French bread pizzas to bland microwaveable TV meals, the freezer section is usually full of meal options that are unhealthy, mass-produced, and overall subpar.

earth fare serves up local frozen produce year-round

May 22, 2018

Earth Fare this week announced it is now carrying four different Seal the Seasons products in its stores all year round, according to a company release. Seal the Seasons partners with family farmers in North and South Carolina to freeze produce while it is in season and then delivers to stores throughout the year. 

local food jumps from the farmers market to the freezer aisle

May 1, 2018

As winter turns to spring in New York City, the sight of fresh mescalin greens at the market can feel like a miracle for those who buy local produce. This year, a more surprising locally-grown crop went on sale at stores like D'Agostinos and Union Market: New Jersey blueberries.

this company has a genius way to make local produce available year-round

December 11, 2017

At just 24 years old, Patrick Mateer has already been named one of Forbes' top 30 social entrepreneurs under 30 years old. His company, Seal the Seasons, is dedicated to making healthy, local food readily available all year round. The idea was born out of a simple disconnect between farmers and consumers.

Patrick mateer: seal the seasons founder

November 11, 2017

Mateer is 'sealing the seasons' by flash-freezing local produce so people can buy local every season. In addition to providing healthy food options, the company works with local farms to give a sustainable market for produce year-round.

triangle entrepreneurs impacted by amazon-whole foods marriage react

June 19, 2017

Friday’s big news that e-commerce mammoth Amazon is buying specialty grocery Whole Foods Market is being met with optimism by the Triangle entrepreneurs whose products are distributed in its stores.

frozen produce helps end hunger

February 17, 2017

Seal the Seasons, Hillsborough, N.C., launched new North Carolina-grown frozen blueberries, frozen berry blend and frozen broccoli. Seal the Seasons is a mission-based business that sells local, family farm produce to conventional grocery chains. The company focuses specifically on working with small and mid-sized farms, while also pledging 20% of profits to ending hunger.

hungry for innovation: burt's bees unveils new natural launchpad cohort

March 22, 2017

The second cohort of the Burt’s Bees Natural Launchpad has been unveiled. This year, food companies dominate the list with companies offering vegan "seafood," energy bars made from coffee and supplement made from baobab fruit. 

homegrown startup puts state's small farmers in grocery freezer case

July 1, 2016

Seal the Seasons CEO and co-founder Patrick Mateer will reap the rewards of hard work this summer when the company starts shipping pounds of North Carolina produce to three national grocery chains.

changing the world with seal the seasons

June 6, 2016

Last week, we attended an open house for Seal the Seasons at the Piedmont Food & Agriculture Processing Center (PFAP). Patrick Mateer, CEO and founder of Seal the Seasons, kicked it off with a slide presentation about the company. 

student-founded frozen food company is heating up

February 24, 2016

Seal the Seasons, a locally sourced produce startup, will be stocked at local Whole Foods Markets in the upcoming weeks. The startup was founded by three UNC students in September 2013 and is already stocked in local food stores, such as Weaver Street Market and the Durham Co-op Market.