Adventures in Food Scouting

Seattle Specialty Foods Shopping Guide

We have no small amount of pride in our hometown of Seattle. There is no shortage of high quality food growers, purveyors, and artisans in this city, but the below is our short list of the places we rely on
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Meet a Producer – Midori Farm

Marko & Hanako produce truly superb organic sauerkrauts & kimchi at Midori Farm in Quilcene, WA and a nearby commercial kitchen – shepherding the whole process from seed to jar.  Because their krauts are unpasteurized and don’t ship well, we
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Best Souvenir Ever!

During my recent food scouting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to visit Compagnia del Montale, the family owned & operated company producing our superb aged balsamic vinegars.  It was a great visit, and I learned a lot…but perhaps
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Farmbox Greens at Marx Foods!

I’m super excited to be the first retailer in Seattle (and maybe the country) to offer urban-farmed microgreens from Farmbox Greens. Not only are they gorgeous, but they’re also delicious, thanks to a perfectly balanced regimen of light, moisture and
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North Olympic Peninsula Urban Foraging

The Olympic Peninsula is home to abundant natural beauty–the Hoh rainforest, the Olympic mountains, the Pacific coast. It is also home to a sort of agrarian renaissance, with an impressive diversity of farms, from livestock to orchards to vineyards. Here
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Willamette Valley Urban Foraging

If you’re driving through the Willamette Valley wine country between Portland and McMinnville on Highway 99, these are good shops to fill your picnic basket or fortify your wine tasting tour. Beaverton Farmers’ Market A huge, diverse market, easily twice
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Portland Urban Foraging

Portland is a little powerhouse food city of the West Coast. It has the food resources of a much larger city: nationally-acclaimed restaurants and bars, an impressive number of well-stocked farmer’s markets, all manner of natural and specialty food shops,
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Urban Foraging Guides

It’s easy enough to find guides on which restaurants, bars, and food trucks to sample when visiting a city, but guides on where to shop for food are considerably harder to come by. Sometimes you just want to cook a
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Going to the Source: Chicaoji!

Chicaoji Hot Sauce is one of my favorite products we sell, not just because it’s local and tasty, but also because of the down to earth guy who makes it: Randall Waugh. He’s a solid guy! I recently got to
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Truffle Hunting in Italy

One of the highlights of my recent food scouting trip to Italy was getting to hunt bianchetti truffles & fresh morels. I love wild foods –especially wild mushrooms. The forest contains some of the most delicious foods and some of
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Visiting Appenino Food

I’m man enough to admit that sometimes I walk around in little plastic blue bootees.  Hey, they may not be the most stylish footwear on the planet, but when you’re going to the source you sometimes have to eschew fashion
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Balsamic Vinegar’s Secret Ingredient

On a recent food scouting trip to Italy, I got to visit Compagnia del Montale, producers of our aged balsamic vinegars and two-time winners of the Spilamberto Prize for best balsamic in the world. We’ve discussed how balsamic vinegars are
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