How ‘Bout Them Apples: Win A Farm-To-Table Produce Box With Kaufmann Mercantile

We hate to admit it, but we’ve only got a few months left of summer. Good news is, we love the excitement and fresh start that autumn brings! Whether you’re a kid, parent, or somewhere in between, the end of August can mean only one thing: it’s back-to-school time.

Farm-to-table delivery service Out Of The Box Collective is partnering up with homeware store Kaufmann Mercantile this month to get you and your family ready for the transition. Get your hands on their mouth-watering cinnamon applesauce recipe, perfect for both kid-sized and adult lunchboxes – then enter to win your own Real Food Box below!

We’re thrilled to team up with Kaufmann Mercantile, the online homewares store dedicated to a slow and thoughtful home. What distinguishes Kaufmann Mercantile from the flood of other homeware shops is their dedication to positively affecting the environment. Their hand-picked products are made from quality materials that will last a lifetime, instead of those that are used once before ending up in a landfill.

Their apple baker and apple cutter, one of which is included in each of our Real Food boxes, epitomize fall. In combination with our Gravenstein apples, reluctant students can take advantage of these tools and impress their new teachers with a classic apple gift.

The Real Food box, delivering across LA on August 24th, features a myriad of seasonal ingredients perfect for making kid-friendly meals – sweet potatoes, lipstick peppers, tomatillos, Larder Bakery bread, ingredients for pesto pasta and, most importantly, Gravenstein apples. These prized apples have been nominated for the Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. They are small and stout but mighty with their crunchy, sweet-tart flavor and are perfect for lunch-box applesauce!

Kaufmann Mercantile x Out Of The Box Collective Delivery Box
A hand-selected assortment of local seasonal ingredients, specially designed for back-to-school dinners and
packed lunches, and a covetable gift from Kaufmann Mercantile. 

What's inside:

Organic Gravenstein apples from Sonoma; an apple cutter or baker from Kaufmann Mercantile; Mission Rose fresh pasta, handcrafted in Santa Barbara, California; pastured beef and chicken; granola from Bread Lounge; fresh-squeezed local OJ; Dare to Dream pastured eggs from Lompoc; and a large assortment of sustainably grown fruits and veggies from our favorite local farmers. 

WIN the back-to-school box!

Out of the Box Collective is giving away a produce selection to one lucky reader! This box serves 1-3 people and comes with a variety of produce including lipstick peppers, Gravenstein apples and sweet potatoes – as well as an apple cutter.

Here’s how to enter: simply sign up for our weekly TCM newsletter, plus the Out Of The Box Collective newsletter, then leave a comment below to let us know you’ve entered! Good luck!

Open to Los Angeles-area residents only. This giveaway ends Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 5 p.m. PST. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck, readers!

Homemade Honey Cinnamon Applesauce


6 apples, peeled and sliced using apple slicer
3/4 to 1 cup water or apple juice
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon, if desired


Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.

Carefully puree in a food processor or blender (don’t fill too full; split into two portions, if necessary) until smooth.

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