Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about our products and what we do!
Our produce is delivered to the stores within 24 hours of harvest; often in the same day.
Great question! Depending on who you ask, ‘Local’ may be defined as anything grown within 10 miles, 500 miles, or even over 1,000 miles. We define local as within 100 miles of our farm. Furthermore, FreshBox Farms also creates local jobs!
Along with delivering our greens to local stores just hours after harvest, we maintain a consistent cold chain of 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.
FreshBox Farms’ greens are grown at our farm in Millis, Massachusetts. We grow indoors so our greens are always in-season.
FreshBox Farms greens should be sealed in their original packaging and refrigerated at all times.
Our greens are harvested, packaged, and on the shelves within 24 hours; nearly two weeks faster than what we’ve grown to accept. This means that FreshBox Farms’ greens may be safe to eat beyond the sell-by date if stored and handled properly. However, we cannot recommend consuming our greens past the sell-by date.
Absolutely not! We grow our greens in a clean and safe environment eliminating any need to use yucky and dangerous chemicals.
Nope. Never. Absolutely zero pesticides.
There are no additives or preservatives of any kind in any of products; just natural taste and superb freshness.
Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standards—that requires ongoing testing of all major GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections, and an annual audit to ensure we’re meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.
Our products begin with Non-GMO & organic seeds and we never use any pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, therefore offering the valued benefits often sought when choosing organic foods. Since FreshBox Farms does not farm in soil, we are not eligible for USDA organic certification at this time.
Yes! All of our leafy greens are KVH Kosher Certified by the Rabbicinal Council of New England, one of the oldest and top Kosher certification agencies in North America. Read our blog post to learn more about what our certification means for you. Read our blog post
We don’t pre-wash or triple-wash our greens because they are grown in a clean and contaminant-free environment. Our greens are clean from seedling to packaging. Should you choose to wash the greens, please do so under cold running water in a sink that has been sanitized to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. And never soak or store the greens in water.
FreshBox Farms is proudly certified by the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. This ensures that our food safety standards adhere to the audit programs set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) program.
No they do not! BPA (bisphenol) is found in many plastics and believed to have negative side effects on one’s health.
Why are there “Wash Well Before Use” labels on some of your packages?
FreshBox Farms is committed to growing the highest quality fresh produce. Our ultraclean, soilless growing practices means that our leafy greens are not exposed to the same contaminants as outdoor farms may be.
Achieving this level of quality is met in part by providing the cleanest produce possible. This is how we do it:
- Controlled environment. Every seed is planted and grown in completely sealed and clean “growth rooms”. Growth rooms provide the ideal light, heat, and humidity for optimal growth. High-grade air filters keep the air free from irritants or impurities.
- Pure water planting. Our soilless, hydroponic farms use an advanced water purification system. Plants are nourished in clean and purified water.
- Picked and packed fresh. When ready, plants are carefully harvested and packed by our trained team who have traded traditional farm-wear for clean white coats, hairnets, and gloves.
This process is certified for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The same steps are taken for every bit of produce grown so that all of our customers receive the same, high-quality and Kosher-certified leafy greens. However, each store has their own package labeling requirements for fresh produce. Some grocers ask their produce providers to include a label that says, “Wash Well Before Use”. We want to make sure FreshBox Farms’ produce is available to as many people in the area as possible, so we have no problem adding the label. As local a farm, we’re just happy to be on their shelf.
Yes, our clamshell containers are made with PET #1 plastic and are 100% recyclable. Some common uses of these recycled containers include: tote bags, composite lumber, carpeting, and polar fleece.
FreshBox Farms grows indoors by using Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) where our modern-day farmers provide the perfect temperature, humidity, and lighting for our crops to grow hydroponically. These sustainable farming methods provide consistent quality harvests all year long!
Hydroponics is actually quite simple. Instead of the plant’s roots burrowing through soil to find nutrients, the roots sit in filtered circulating water that delivers the nutrients needed for growth.
Because hydroponics allows the plant’s roots to sit directly in water to receive nutrients we use 99% less water than field farming. Our indoor growing system allows us to grow vertically on shelves using a much smaller footprint; depending on the crop grown, one of our 320 square foot farms can yield as much as nineteen-acres of farmland.
This is a common question that can best be answered by tasting for yourself. Being able to provide the plants exactly what they need during growth, ensuring ultimate freshness, and never exposing them to pesticides, herbicides, or other yucky-gross stuff, it’s no surprise that we’re consistently told that our greens do taste the best!
Because we nurture our greens in a controlled environment, where they are also far less susceptible to plant diseases, they are able to grow full-size while retaining the tenderness of baby leaves.
They’re incredibly good for you! Generally speaking, the darker the green, the more nutrient-dense it will be. Dark greens like Spinach, Kale and darker lettuces, such as Romaine, contain large amounts vitamins A, K & C, and the minerals Iron and Calcium—earning them the title of “superfoods.” Lighter colored greens may not be superfoods, but they remain low-calorie, high in fiber, and have impressive amounts of vitamins, such as A, K and B9 (folate), and the mineral Potassium, along with other vitamins and minerals.
Some greens belong to the Brassicaceae genus of plants, in the Mustard family. This includes greens such as: Arugula, Mizuna, Horseradish, and Wasabi. These plants have an enzyme that is released when chewed, generating the spicy or peppery sensation.