Guerilla Beekeepers

Honey bees are often the unsung hero of the food world. Through pollination they are responsible for a third of the food we eat. Yet bee colonies in the US are declining at rapid rates – 30% a year!

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Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company

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Hearst Ranch Grass-fed Beef

Nestled on the coast of central California next to the famous Hearst Castle, Hearst Ranch combines pristine grassland and true cowboy heritage to raise premium quality all-natural, grass-fed beef. Look for their beef in the meat departments of some of our Southern California stores this summer (see below for details) and take a look at Stephen Hearst’s tips for grilling grass-fed beef.

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Fran's Chocolates

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Smiling Hara Tempeh

Originating in Indonesia, tempeh (say, “TEM-pay”) is traditionally made through a natural culturing and incubation process that binds soybeans together in a cake form. It’s become increasingly popular in the US over the last several years. 

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Quinn Reinvents Microwave Popcorn

Kristy and Coulter Lewis developed a “Pure Pop” bag made from recycled and compostable paper for their mom and pop popcorn business. Learn about other upgrades to their microwave snack.
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Pork Newsflash!

Have you heard? Thompson Farms has achieved a 5+ rating through the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating System!

Local Producer: Firefly Kitchens

Our local forager in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Breyley, shares the story behind Firefly Kitchens’ naturally fermented foods and how their Local Producer Loan helps grow their business.
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Local Producer: Buchi Kombucha

Two moms from Asheville, NC shared a common interest in brewing kombucha. They combined their talents and Buchi was born. Learn more about this Local Producer Loan recipient.
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A Visit With the Big Cheese at Vermont's Jasper Hill Cellars

While brothers Meteo and Andy Kehler were milking their own Ayershire cows to make cheese for Jasper Hill, they realized they might be able to help local farmers do the same thing.
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