Taproot is a nonprofit shared-use certified commercial food processing facility on Lopez Island, Washington.
Our goals are to promote and support local entrepreneurship by fostering strong connections between food and land stewardship while sustaining the physical health and economic well-being of our community.
It is vitally important that local producers have a place to make their products, and it is fitting that the cost of that facility be shared by many hands. This kitchen will benefit all of us, by enabling small businesses to expand, innovate, and flourish. We hope to help people create healthy, locally made products that will eventually become an integral part of the food-web of the San Juan Islands.
It is the intention of Taproot Community Kitchen to
–Promote local economic opportunity and entrepreneurship
–Encourage local agriculture
–Improve island food resiliency
–Provide resources and education in food safety and production
–Offer small business support
Taproot Community Kitchen Statement of Purpose
- Taproot Kitchen proposes to serve the Lopez Island and Sand Juan County communities by creating jobs directly by providing facilities for commercial food processing, in particular for adding value to locally grown agricultural products.
- Providing a shared infrastructure which permits small entrepreneurs to develop ideas at a minimal cost, and encourages cooperation, creativity, and collaboration between food producers.
- Offering a certified commercial kitchen to intermittent users such as Farmer’s Market vendors, food truck vendors, and caterers.
- Providing access to commercial equipment for individuals, families, and non-profits to efficiently process foods for their own use.
- Teaching safe food handling and processing practices, facilitating small business start-ups with resources and information, and generally helping to provide nourishment and livelihoods to the Lopez Island and larger San Juan County communities.