An Intro to Our 7 New Seattle Vendors
Volunteer Park Cafe
Volunteer Park Cafe is all about celebrating fresh, local, and seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Their approach to food is,simply put…Always Fresh Goodness. Stop in for one of many creative and delicious pastries or dishes. If you’re looking for something extra special, try one of their Sunday Suppers; a once a month family style chef’s whim 3 course dinner!
NuFlours is a gluten free bakery dedicated to fresh, locally sourced deliciousness. They started out on the farmer’s market circuit, and just last month, opened a permanent store on North Capitol Hill! Whether you’re gluten free or not, they are sure to be a new neighborhood favorite with items like garlic parmesan bread, spinach tomato gouda puff pastry, and a spicy hot chocolate cinnamon cake.
The Kitchen Imp
The Kitchen Imp was named to convey the spirit of enthusiasm, whimsy, and magic that can give rise to cooking and that cooking can bring into one’s life. They operate on the principle that anyone is capable of cooking well and they provide many of the tools needed to do so easily. The Kitchen Imp offers a wide range of spices, cooking blends, salts & sugars, and teas. Their products are organic and fair trade whenever possible!
We couldn’t talk about new FarmRaiser vendors without introducing you to a few farms!
Bellewood Acres, located just a few miles south of Canada, is one of Northwest Washington’s largest apple orchards. They cultivate 25,000 fruit trees, grown with a philosophy of strong community and responsible farming practices. Bellewood Acres is more than a farm that grows insanely delicious apples (which they do!), they are an experience, with U-pick days, a farm market and bistro, and newly opened distillery!
Sno-Valley Mushrooms is not your typical farm, growing most of their products in a highly controlled greenhouse, this small company delivers year-round gourmet mushrooms to various Seattle farmer’s markets. With mushrooms that are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat, they are not to be missed!
Another one of our new farmers is actually a handful of many small farmers. Seattle Tilth is a well respected non-profit organization, whose mission is to “inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system”. The produce we source from them will come from their various farms and farmers.
Finally, we are proud to partner with two larger producers of treats we all love and covet. While the agricultural aspect to these products takes place far from Seattle, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Theo Chocolate make sure to procure the best beans from around the world, using the best practices possible.
Opened in 1999 in Portland, OR, Stumptown Coffee Roasters has been dedicated to sourcing the best beans in the world, paying a living wage to the farmers that grow and harvest them, and raising the level of discourse and expectations that surround a cup of coffee. Stumptown practices direct trade sourcing from coffee bean producers around the world. Once in Seattle, beans are meticulously and carefully roasted, and baristas are trained to make the best cups of coffee – you really just have to try it for yourself!
I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Theo Chocolate factory recently, the first Fair Trade, Organic, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America. Since 2006, Theo has been making the highest quality chocolate from the world’s best cocoa beans, grown in the most sustainable way possible. Look for their staples, like 70% Dark Sea Salt chocolate, and their more extravagant specialty items, such as Ghost Chili Caramels or Coconut Curry chocolate bars. Theo is dedicated to creating amazing flavors, making people happy, and changing the wo