About

Mission

It is the intention of Taproot Community Kitchen to:

  • Promote local economic opportunity and entrepreneurship…create jobs
  • Encourage local agriculture
  • Improve island food resiliency
  • Provide resources and education in food safety and production
  • Offer small business support

Statement of Purpose

Taproot Kitchen endeavors to provide nourishment, livelihood, and food security to Lopez and the larger to San Juan County community by providing:

  1. Facilities for commercial food processing, in particular for adding value to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products.
  2. A shared infrastructure which permits small entrepreneurs to develop ideas at a minimal cost, and encourages cooperation, creativity, and collaboration between food producers.
  3. A certified commercial kitchen to intermittent users such as Farmer’s Market vendors, food truck vendors, and caterers.
  4. Access to commercial equipment for individuals, families, and nonprofits to efficiently process foods for their own use.
  5. Education on safe food handling and processing practices, facilitating small business start-ups with resources and information.

“One great advantage of having a community kitchen is to have a place where summers’ bounty can be preserved for winter use. Pea pods, garlic scapes, broccoli, cauliflower can be blended together to make a base for a hearty winter soup. Vegetables and fruit can be canned or dried in a certified dehydrator. People can work together in groups, and excess produce can find a good home.A commercial kitchen makes the sale of products possible. Aside from the obvious benefit to all who wish to establish a business, the benefit of having a place where the community at large can participate in the preservation of nature’s bounty is worth serious consideration.”
~Jim Birkemeier

Jim Birkemeier is farmer, gardener, orchardist and all around decent human being Occasionally using Taproot’s equipment to dehydrate hundreds of pounds of Lopez Island fruit for year-round nourishment and enjoyment of Autumn’s Bounty.

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