Taproot News

April 2019:

Remodel continues.

Walls are painted. The resurfacing of the floor and installation of the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic panels on the walls. (That’s the wall covering you see in commercial kitchens that uneven like the skin of an orange but super cleanable and white.

Watch your email if you’ve already signed up to help or write us a info@lopeztaproot.org to find out how to help with the next steps.

$10,000 Challenge Grant met!

We all did it! Thanks to all the generous donations, the Taproot Matching Funds Challenge has been not only been met but exceeded!

We collected almost $13,000!

Read the Islands Weekly article about Taproot’s fundraising success and community commitment.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!

CoolBot walk-in cooler that was loaded with food feed people all winter.

The CoolBot walk-in cooler has apples, pears, asian pears, buckets of pickles and a LOT of  kiwi fruit. Some of this belongs to individuals but the vast bulk of fruit put into the CoolBot this season has been picked by the Lopez Island Gleaners. They’ve picked about 9,000 pounds of fruit so far this year!

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The Gleaner program has two operational “branches” coordinated by the energetic Dixie Budke.

  • Lopez Island Family Resouce Center Harvest Glean Team: Picks fruit
  • Lopez Locavore Culinary Glean Team: Processes fruit

The Taproot Coolbot provides critical infrastructure to support both of these branches. Cold storage allows the fresh fruit to be preserved until it can either be served directly or processed into value added products like sauces, frozen and dried fruit, juices and so forth. This collaboration feeds the community through the Lopez Fresh Food Bank, Senior Meals, and the kids at school.

…And back to the upgrade update…

Pitch in and help with the construction phase. Contact us at <info@lopeztaproot.org> for details. This is going to be fun!!

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Current use:

The Taproot Community Kitchen on Dill Road has been serving two WSDA producers, Chicaoji Sauce and Kraut Pleasers, and has also hosted a number of non-commercial endeavors like a kim chee workshop and the drying of hundreds of pounds of Lopez fruit. The day to day operations of the kitchen are entirely covered by the users, and the more users we have, the lower the costs and the more improvements we can make.


Existing facilities work fine for value added products that obtain their processing authority from the WSDA (Washington State Dept of Agriculture). Direct-to-Consumer vendors (Farmers Market, catering, food trucks, etc.) need a few changes to meet San Juan County Health Dept regulations. 

Current project: Plumbing and lighting upgrade

  • install sinks and dishwasher
  • install a brand new 80 gallon hot water heater. (Thanks to the Lopez Island Thrift Shop for donating this specific item.)
  • refinish the floor
  • install vinyl wall panels

Can you help?

Tell people you know who want to process food for themselves or start/grow a small food biz that we are actually getting really close to finishing the kitchen.

Get on our email list.

Email us at info@lopeztaproot.org

Support local food security!

  1. If you want to help, email us at <info@lopeztaproot.org>
  2. Donate –
  3. Please forward this message to anyone you think might like to support local food production on Lopez Island.


Email us at info@lopeztaproot.org…. or talk to Jean at the Vortex Cafe after 3:00 PM Wednesday – Saturday.

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