What does sustainability mean?

Words like natural and organic have garnered a lot of media attention in the past few years. The plethora of new products, superfoods, and pop science fads all seem to boil down to one simple truth:

People want better food.

They want higher quality, better flavors, and the knowledge that what they are putting into their body was raised with care and without harmful pesticides or cruelty. As a professional caterer and foodservice provider, these issues have a direct effect on not just the food we make but the way we operate as a company.

For us, food is not limited to what we feed our families at home, it’s what we feed our clients – the 6,000+ meals we prepare and send out each week.

Our clients are our priority –  they are the heart and soul of our business.

That said, we believe our responsibilities extend far beyond preparing and serving any one meal. We are not only a producer of food, but a consumer of raw ingredients. Each month, we purchase over hundred thousand dollars worth of produce, grains, fish, and meats.

The money we spend on raw ingredients, more importantly, where that money is spent – has a significant ripple effect.

We could purchase grain soaked in pesticides and farmed in a way that ruins the land for later generations. We could purchase commodity pork, beef, or chicken, and in doing so support inhumane treatment and the unhealthy use of animal antibiotics.

We could purchase fruits and vegetables out of season, supporting a process that employs genetic modification, lowers nutrient value, and causes increased transport emissions.

Buying raw ingredients – with no thought to their source – is often simpler and almost always cheaper. 

Despite this, we believe that supporting producers who conduct business sustainably is worth it – higher cost or not. Our buying decisions help shape the economy around us – they are a vote cast every single day in support of a better world.

We conduct business based on the principles of sustainability.

sustainabilityWhat does this mean in practice?

We often don’t buy organic. This is because organic doesn’t necessarily mean better for the environment or for product quality. This is not to say that items labelled organic are actually false – they aren’t – but with the rise of the organic movement comes too the need for increased scrutiny.

We prefer to source our goods with a focus on sustainable farming and humane animal raising practices. We consider each producers’ efforts to offset their environmental footprint, and we always make an effort to stay as local as possible.

Why does this matter?

We aim for complete transparency and we hope you’ll join our vision for a better earth and a brighter future.

We hope that when choosing between our food and food that comes at a lower cost, you will consider the ‘why’ behind our prices.

In a consumer economy like ours, the best way to be heard is with how you choose to spend your money.

We have chosen to make ourselves heard through our unwavering commitment to producing food in the most sustainable way we know.  We are always looking for ways to improve, to be better, to do more.

Below you will find an extensive list of our producers, along with that producer’s website or information. We encourage you to do your own research as well. 

Painted Hills
St. Helens Beef
Columbia River Reserve

Draper Valley
Bare Chicken

Carlton Farms
Hill’s Premium Meats (for bacon)

Salmon – Peter Pan Seafoods Bristol Bay (Wild. We never use farmed salmon.)
All other fish (except Trout) are caught wild and not farmed.
*Trout is all but impossible to source wild caught

Shepherd’s Grain 
A cooperative company working with fantastic farmers

Charlie’s Produce
The largest local and organic program in the city. When they realized that the greatest impediment for a small farmer is getting their produce to market, they sent their trucks out to the farms North of Seattle and East of the mountains to gather these locally grown goods.

This list will be updated periodically as the seasons and our needs change. Our promise to you though is that no matter how the list changes, it will always only be filled with producers whose vision of the future is in line with our own. We sincerely hope you will join us in that vision, because we wholeheartedly believe that the only way to move forward with positive change is to do so together.