Stackhouse Brothers Orchard is a family owned farm located between Hickman and Hughson in the central valley, around 20 miles from Modesto. Rodney and Don Stackhouse continued their family farm business of growing almonds as well as over 140 varieties of stone fruit. They take pride in their almonds and practice environmentally friendly and natural tactics to eliminate harsh pesticides and herbicides in their growing practices.
The family has been selling their flavored almonds at farmers markets for 25 years in over 30 markets including Jack London Square, Monterey and Santa Cruz. They continuously add new flavors to their almonds and are currently at 14!
Boriquena Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop has been a staple of Old Oakland for the last 68 years. East Bay citizens can always find a consistently perfect tamale, gluten-free and even vegetarian tamale. Inspired by her grandmother’s recipes and entrepreneurial drive, you can find Tina’s amazing tamales in her brightly painted, biodiesel food truck on the streets of Oakland with her team or at the restaurant. But you cannot find her specially spiced tortilla chips anywhere. Tina and Boriquena are green heroes carrying the progressive spirit of community in Oakland reducing waste and promoting environmentally sustainable practices.
Peter Ng and his brother, John, make a power team at pop up events, like Off the Grid Fort Mason and farmers markets. In 2007, their fond childhood memories of watching kettle corn be made at fairs, festivals and outdoor events inspired them to open their own kettle corn establishment and turn a dream into a reality. Based out of Alameda, Peter’s Kettle Corn is a local, family owned business that uses all natural ingredients to deliver what many say is the “Best Kettle Corn!” Check out Yelp for their classy reviews. Their unique flavored kettle corn is a hit with foodie fans who want to be thrilled. You can find horchata, chipotle lime, strawberry corn brule, tamarind spice, furikake, sea salt, and more everyday.
Dang Foods is named after Vincent Kitirattragarn's mother, who grew up eating food from some of the best chefs in the world: Bangkok’s street vendors. She passed down the culinary knowledge to Vincent, while his father passed on the importing business skills to him. With these tools and support system, Vincent started Dang Foods with a dang good product. Toasted Coconut has a strong, sweet aroma and a lovely crunchy texture everyone will love. The meat of mature coconuts are used and then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to golden brown. Dang’s motto is “Dang, that's good!" Use on ice cream, yogurt, salads, oatmeal or by itself.
Bill Crepps began farming in 1987 after completing a graduate degree in alternative farming techniques. He has always been an environmentalist and started farming organically to put his ideas and beliefs into practice. Bill grows a wide variety of crops from apples and apricots to cactus pear and turnip on his 28 acre farm in Winters.
Everything Under the Sun dries many of its products so that everyone can enjoy their fruit year-round. All fruits are fully ripe before they are hand-cut and dried, and no preservatives are added keeping the entire fruit flavor. All products are sun dried throughout the summer and into fall; the rest of the year, a low temperature dehydrator is used keeping the temperature of the fruit low to help preserve the natural enzymes, vitamins, and other nutrients of the fruit. Visit them at the Ferry Building Year round Tuesdays and Saturdays.
David Fenton brings his dark humor and punking genius to the Bay area with Illfortune Cookies. He loves playing pranks on people and is expanding his business in this way, so you can scheme on your loved ones. He started Illfortune cookies this 2012 and loves it when first timers pee their pants from laughter. Have fun and give the cookie to get a laugh. Just beware! If you see a giant fortune cookie tent around town, be sure to drop in and watch the cookie crumble.
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Little Bites Read on to find out more about these artisans.
Dang Foods, San Francisco
Everything Under the Sun, Winters
Illfortune, San Mateo
Peter's Kettle Corn, Alameda
Tina Tamale & Boriquena Mex-icatessen, Old Oakland
Stackhouse Bros. Orchard, Hickman (Modesto)
Oren's Kitchen, El Cerritto
Taste sweet, slow roasted perfection in this healthy snack. Chef Arnon Oren grew up in a small village surrounded with a culture of pure food and fresh flavors. He brings his seasoned culinary experience and passion to this artisan bay culture. He has had formal training in France and has worked with other stellar culinary professionals like Alice Waters. Oren caters with an honest approach of food but also guest chefs for Regents Seven Seas Cruises.
Lynn Quan started making Karinto Krisps in her kitchen so she could offer a little homemade goodness to her contacts at her tradeshows. She wanted to give them something fun to snack on while being stuck working in their booths with little time to grab a bite to eat or get away. For the past 6 years she has been bringing her snack to conventions and has been chased down aisles, received numerous calls and emails asking how they could get more.
She daylights in the corporate gift world and produces the tastiest gift in La Cocina Kitchen at night. Lynn lightly caramel coats each sesame cracker and bakes it in small batches. Her two sons, daughter and other kind relatives help make this a family affair.
Margaret created her unique flavors of kale chip in her kitchen in Oakland, inspired by the flavors, aromas and textures of open air markets from around the world. She didn't start out to create a healthy line of snacks, but rather found that kale, tossed with her various nuts, seeds and vegetable and spice mixes and slowly dried, created a deliciously crunchy snack that is fun to eat, and is also crazy good for you. She runs her small business with the help of her husband and two young sons. They enjoy going to food festivals and sharing experiences over their daily family dinners. Their kale and other fresh ingredients are sourced from small farms from around the Bay Area, keeping it local.
Nibnaks is named after a word mix of nibbles & snacks. Marta da Camara curates unique, wholesome ingredients from local family-run farms in California. Her customers are working moms, fresh lovin foodies, office workers in big organizations who rely on healthy snacks to enhance productivity and maintain good energy on long busy days. Each Nibnaks is the perfect companion for travel, lunch boxes, post workouts or just an in-between meal snack to help beat those 3pm temptations like a big bag of potato chips.
The Peguero Family has been farming for over 50 years and has been growing pistachios for over 23 years in the central valley. Paul Peguero is a 4th generation farmer that wanted to change the way we see pistachios by bringing them fresh to the farmers markets, educating others about the naturally nutritional nut, and show consumers the many ways pistachios can be used. Having high interest in the culinary arts we have explored how we can create different pistachio products. Along with our great tasting pistachios we have created a smooth 100% pistachio butter, pistachio pesto, and pistachio gelato. We look forward to the growing ideas and benefits of using pistachios in everyday eats.