How’s that for a clickbait subject line? See, I am learning how to use the internet properly, if with some reluctance. I’m not actually giving up on Organic ingredients, but I do find that as my knowledge of the food system deepens, I’m more interested in relationships, in short, transparent supply chains, than I am in certification stickers. Certifications like USDA Organic or Fair Trade are useful if you don’t know your producers, and I’ll continue to prioritize them for ingredients I can’t buy directly, but Organic doesn’t mean sustainable or just. Plenty of farms follow the letter of the environmental regulations rather than the spirit, and, more importantly, Organic certification doesn’t regulate labor practices. Given the social-racial-economic-environmental justice disaster that is U.S. farm labor, this is an unconscionable omission.
When we choose what ingredients to buy for the bakery, the thought process goes something like this:
The current results, imperfect but ever-improving, are as follows:
BUTTER: Organic, cultured cream, domestic not local. Usually from Oregon.
EGGS: pastured year-round, non GM feed, not certified Organic. Broad Leaf Farm (Whatcom), Osprey Hill Farm (Whatcom), Foothills Farm (Skagit), or Well Fed Farms (Skagit).
FLOUR + GRAINS: USDA Organic. Fairhaven Flour Mill (Skagit).
HERBS: The garden.
HONEY: BeeWorks Farm (Whatcom), The Valley’s Buzz (Skagit).
MILK & CREAM: Twin Brook Creamery (pastured, not Organic), Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy.
NUTS: Holmquist Hazelnuts.
SEEDS & SWEETENERS: Seeds all Organic. Tropical products (chocolate, sugar, etc.) Fair Trade certified and/or bought by the distributor directly from farmers or coops. Distributor: Hummingbird Wholesale (Oregon).
SPICES: Some certified Organic and/or Fair Trade, some not. All direct contracted from small farmers around the world by Burlap & Barrel, Singing Dog Vanilla, Red Ape Cinnamon.
SALT: Commodity sea salt.
See you soon.
Owner | Baker
P.S. Just to put it out there: I’ve thought for years about creating a map tracing every ingredient I use from farm to bakery. I’ve been picturing this as a totally low tech pin & string map, but if you know of any students looking for an in depth study of one small corner of the food system, perhaps it could be digital?
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