Big news of Spring 2018:

Kitchen upgrade report 

We are making progress but are delayed by a wee bit of a bureaucratic SNAFU. It’s not insurmountable….just taking time.  The framing is exposed, the concrete slab is cut and the is trench dug to install the plumbing.

The plumber, Steve Robertson, will begin to install the plumbing as soon as we get the green flag from San Juan County.

We’ll need volunteer labor soon. See list below.

If you want to pitch in and help please email us at <>. Read on for more details. This is going to be fun!!

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Taproot-20180504-Ron Metcalf finishes trench IMG_0423~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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. 

Hello from the big door at Taproot Kitchen, wide enough to allow standard pallets full of product to be rolled out onto the loading dock.
Hello from the big door at Taproot Kitchen, wide enough to allow standard pallets full of product to be rolled out onto the loading dock.

Current project: Plumbing and lighting upgrade

  • install plumbing improvements
  • install additional prep sink sinks
  • improve lighting
  • upgrade ventilation fan
  • 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
  • finish up drywall and painting

Can you help?

  • back fill (shovel work)
  • minor construction
  • install sheetrock, mud and tape (We are talking about 10 sheets at most)
  • paint the place
  • supply miscellaneous labor


We began in late April and will carry on until done. As of mid-June…there’s not much to do until we get the green flag from the county.

The Pitch:

  1. We need volunteer labor. If you want to help, email us at <>. We will schedule you in. 
  2. We also need money as this project will pretty much deplete our cash reserves. Donate securely on our website via PayPal: or send a check to PO Box 551, Lopez Island, WA, 98261
  3. Please forward this message to anyone you think might like to support local food production on Lopez Island.


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

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