Eat the Rainbow Box

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We are so excited to share with you our new “Eat the Rainbow” box, which is not only filled with beautiful regeneratively grown seasonal vegetables that represent each of the colors of the rainbow but is also full of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more!

There is nothing more beautiful (and Instagramable) than a box full of vibrant colorful vegetables just harvested and delivered right to your door! There is unlimited potential to be creative in the kitchen with this box. Create colorful salads, wraps, bowls, stir fry, and other plant-forward meals that will be packed with color and plant-produced compounds (also known as phytonutrients). 

Phytonutrients are a big part of what makes vegetables beautiful and healthy! Phytonutrients have many potential functions in a plant, two of which are imparting color and flavor. Phytonutrients are considered non-nutritive, meaning they don’t have any caloric value but they have a ton of value when it comes to health.  There are over 8,000 identified phytonutrients, and each plant has several hundred, making vegetables a preferred source of phytonutrients over a supplement that may contain only one or two single phytonutrient extracts. 

People who consume more phytonutrients have been shown to be less likely to experience cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes as well as other conditions.  Eating a wide array of phytonutrients is also a great way to support a healthy immune system and mood.

This box is a delicious, creative, sensory eating experience delivered right to your door.

Every month the ingredients in the box will change so you can experience the colors and benefits of the season. Each box will also include a specialty item grown or created right here on the farm. 

Eat the Rainbow: Ideas to Inspire You  

Set up a recurring order and receive each box for $99. 

Enjoy the convenience of regular shipments! Subscribe for a recurring order to be delivered to your door as often as you'd like! Customize your delivery frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) and you can change, pause, or cancel at any time.  

Additional discounts cannot be applied to subscription orders.   

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This Month's Vegetables

Your box will include: 

  • Swiss Chard
  • Baby Zucchini
  • Mixed Asparagus
  • Pea Tendrils
  • Variegated Nasturtium Leaves
  • Ultra Radishes
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Flowerhouse Sprinkles

 

Phytonutrients

What makes plants so colorful? It’s all about the phytonutrients! Phytonutrients (aka phytochemicals) are compounds produced by plants to help protect them from disease, sun damage, and predators like insects. Phytonutrients are what give plants their unique colors, smells, and tastes. Many phytonutrients have antioxidant properties, which means they help to protect our cells from damage. Studies show that people who eat more plant foods have a reduced risk of chronic diseases and enjoy better brain health and lower inflammation. 

Biodiversity 

Eating the rainbow is not only beneficial for your health, but it’s also good for the planet. Eating a wide range of differently colored vegetables promotes biodiversity. Although there are over 40,000 different edible species on Earth, it’s estimated that 75% of our food supply comes from just 12 species of plants and animals. This lack of diversity limits the number of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that we’re consuming, not to mention that it is so much more fun to experiment with different vegetables! 

Color, Mood, and Food

Including all of the tastes (sweet, salty, sour, spicy, bitter, astringent) ensures that you’re getting a variety of nutrients and supports healthy digestion. Our brains have evolved to associate color with taste: the more color you include, the more different tastes will be included in your meal. Even better—the more vibrant the color, the more flavorful the vegetable!

Colors also have measurable effects on health and mood, including influencing blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep as well as helping us to experience feelings such as being relaxed, energetic, or happy. For example, we often associate orange and yellow with happiness, hope, and optimism and also associate orange and yellow foods with sweetness (think sweet corn, sweet potatoes, etc). When we think of green, we often associate it with health and nature. Green foods often have more of a bitter flavor (think dandelion, chicory, and other spring greens), which is partially from their higher calcium content and how genetics influence your taste perception as well as phytochemicals (like glucosinolates). 

Do you experience the mid-afternoon crash? Stabilizing blood sugar by eating a variety of colorful vegetables helps avoid this mid-afternoon slump and avoids the need to turn to sweets or caffeine. 

Eating the rainbow of vegetables also can reduce symptoms of “brain fog” by providing antioxidants (like luteolin) that reduce inflammation and vitamins B9, C, E, and the minerals selenium, magnesium, and zinc, which all help your brain function. 

Simply switching from the standard American diet (which is high in processed foods and low in whole plant-based foods) to a Mediterranean style of eating, which includes a more diverse array of colorful fruits and vegetables, unprocessed grains, nuts, and fish was shown to reduce depression by 25-35%. 

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