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Little Earth Tortillas

Little Earth Co-founders Brandon and Lila (1)

Hi! We’re Brandon and Lila, the co-founders of Little Earth Tortilleria. We make small batches of fresh corn tortillas here on Lopez Island. We use heirloom corn that is grown on small independent farms. We cook the corn using the ancient method of nixtamalization – soaking the corn in water, salt, and lime. We grind the corn in a small stone mill to create masa. We press every tortilla by hand and cook them on a cast iron griddle. This process activates nutrients and flavors that aren’t available in most store-bought tortillas. Our tortillas are non-gmo and naturally gluten-free. You can find our tortillas at the San Juan Island Food Co-op, the San Juan Island Farmers Market, the Lopez Island Farmers Market, and the El Taco Bout It food truck on Lopez Island.


Poutine Your Mouth

Poutine Your Mouth specializes in serving large crowds, events, and catering.Part food, music, art and all fun, Poutine Your Mouth is a cognitive eating experience unlike anything before. The stage is food truck adorned in colorful art, that welcomes all to taste, experience, interact and enjoy. The truck attracts patrons with lights, art and an open feel. Guests will congregate. Enjoying shade under umbrellas, eating amazing simple food, while chatting up other visitors. The music will be impossible not to groove to, and the food so delicious, one thing is certain, Poutine Your Mouth will be a craving for years to come! Gift cards now available!


Jim Birkemeier

The commercial food dehydrator that Jim bought and donated to Taproot A Lopez Kitchen can hold up to 80 pounds of fresh fruit! These dried fruits are wonderful ingredients for many others’ products, including desserts and snack mixes. Plums, berries, peaches, apples, pears…. the list goes on and on.  You too could get abundant dried fruit from Lopez Island in our shared-use commercial kitchen!

We now have a corer/wedger that can process apples and pears at a phenomenal rate.

Jean Perry, Vortex Juice Bar

With decades of growing, harvesting, preserving, preparing, serving, and selling food under our belt, Vortex Juice Bar and Cafe has taken on the production of small batch products which directly reflect our island food culture and can be sold at local groceries. We are making hummus, soups, dressings, and sauces that make use of the beautiful produce grown on Lopez Island and also incorporate other Lopez made products. We hope to feed people in an uncommonly nourishing way that both reinforces their connection to the island and supports the livelihoods of our island producers.

Vortex embraces the idea that local foods are an honest investment in our island culture and economy. Promoting locally grown foods also represents an investment in the small farms and farmers that produce food with a minimal use of fossil fuels, and with respect for, and conservation of our irreplaceable topsoil and water. We celebrate the idea of eating seasonally and of making good use of what grows well here. We want to offer foods that are beautiful, clean, vital, and delicious.

Taproot, as a shared commercial kitchen, allows us to produce our goods efficiently in a larger, better equipped space than the Vortex kitchen, and enjoy the mutual support and collaboration of other food producers.

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