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Mama Tong

Lindsay Ott came to the Bay Area in 2013 with her young son and a background in organic farming and midwifery. She understood a new mother’s needs and fused her passions into postpartum nutrition. In her quest to find kindred spirits, Lindsay contacted Jane Lin, owner of Mama Tong. Jane trained Lindsay in Chinese postpartum soups, indicating that she was …

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U-Konserve

Based here in Sausalito, U-Konserve is the result of two mothers’ struggle to be environmentally conscious as they packed school lunches. They knew the disposable bags and containers they used were headed to landfill. They took action and launched U-konserve in 2008, initially offering reusable school lunch gear. Demand increased, and customers began asking for products designed for a variety …

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Dram

Dram Apothecary makes their line of unique bitters and syrups in Colorado, where they forage plants and herbs from the wild. Native Coloradan Shae Whitney founded Dram with a background in food science, bartending, and a passion for botany. Shae believes that bitters are not just for the cocktail enthusiast, and that their health benefits — including as a digestif …

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Spirit Works

Founded in Sebastopol in 2012 by husband and wife team Ashby and Timo Marshall, Spirit Works is an award-winning distiller of craft spirits. Though Timo hails from England and Ashby from the West Coast, they share a passion for the environment and working with their hands. At the distillery, the pair work side-by-side with their team of mostly female producers …

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Granola Guru

Ayana K.’s Oakland-based granola company is committed to excellence. She started The Granola Guru as a personal mission to elevate a timeless classic. The Granola Guru’s collection of small batch granolas are designed to provide you with sustainable energy throughout the day, and Ayana bakes each batch with coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and organic coconut sugar for unrefined goodness. …

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Teranga Baobab

Teranga means “hospitality” in Wolof, the national language of Senegal. It is this spirit of camaraderie that inspired founder Nafy Flatley to start her own company. Born in Senegal, Nafy’s favorite childhood memory is of her grandmother using baobab fruit to make refreshing drinks. The baobab tree is an essential part of African culture, and Senegalese use the entire tree, …

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Robert Lambert

Robert Lambert has made a career out of memorable food. He grew up preserving fruit on his family’s farm in Wisconsin, and honed his skills catering prestigious parties from Los Angeles to San Francisco. In his line of jams and preserves, Robert harvests, processes and cans fruit himself. He says it’s the beauty of the fruit that sustains him, but …

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Casa Agria

The best relationships are rooted in friendships. That’s the motto at Casa Agria, located in Ventura County with a brewery in Oxnard. Brewer owned and operated since 2015, the crew at Casa Agria love to share their unique styles of beer with friends new and old. At Casa Agria, everyone is welcome! New to Driver’s Coolship, Casa Agria’s focus is …

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Primavera

Karen Taylor started selling Primavera tamales at the Berkeley Farmers Market in 1992. The organic farmers she met there still supply produce for her now iconic tamales. Today, Primavera employs a team of 30 who bring their own expertise and regional recipes to the kitchen. Primavera produces handmade tamales and tortilla chips for almost 300 stores, and for the San …

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

When Jeni Britton Bauer founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002, she had a vision: use dairy from grass-fed cows, whole ingredients and inspired flavor combinations. Jeni brings her creative background — as an art student, a professional baker, and an amateur perfumer — to her beautifully crafted ice creams. Her line of traditional ice creams have a unique buttercream …

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Wild Planet

A visit to the “Oceans in Crisis” exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2001 inspired founder Bill Carvalho to transform his family’s seafood company. By 2004, Wild Planet sourced their tuna exclusively from pole and line catch fisheries. The company selects only the finest quality, 100% sustainably caught seafood for all their products, placing environmental health as the top priority. …

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Kettle & Fire

Paleo enthusiast Justin Mares was searching for a bone broth to help his brother Nick heal from an ACL tear in 2013. Online offerings were limited: non-organic, shipped with styrofoam, frozen. So he and Nick set out to develop their own recipe, and Kettle & Fire was born. They combine marrow bones with vegetables and filtered water in steel kettles. …

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Piment d’Ville

Krissy Scommegna and Gideon Burdick traded life in Boston for a farm in Boonville, CA where Krissy started Piment d’Ville in 2012. Piment d’Ville is a Renegade Certified farm that produces hard to find chile powders, and offers better pay and working conditions than conventional farms. Krissy and Gideon also founded the Boonville Barn Collective to run farming and marketing …

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Katz Farm

After a serendipitous trip to Italy, restaurateurs Albert & Kim Katz moved their family to Napa and helped launch the olive oil renaissance in California in the 90’s. Together with their partner, Jim Parr, they began growing organic olives in the historic Suisun Valley. Today the Katz’s offerings include award winning olive oils, artisan vinegars and honey. Truly top of …

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Soquel Fermentation Project

Chemist Derek Mortensen leads the Soquel Fermentation Project where he blends modern science with traditional coolship brewing. A coolship is a type of fermentation vessel — it’s a flat, open tub used for cooling and fermenting wort. At Derek’s brewery in the Santa Cruz mountains, wort chills in the cold winter air and soaks up the microflora of the redwoods. …

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Stemple Creek Ranch

Over a century ago, Angelo Poncia immigrated from Italy to a remote California outpost and founded a dairy at what is now Stemple Creek Ranch. Now in its fourth-generation, the ranch is proudly run by Angelo’s great-grandson Loren who reinvented the family business with a vision for superior quality grass-fed meats. At over 1,000 acres, Stemple Creek Ranch is protected …

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Forager Project

Founded by Stephen Williamson and JC Hanley in 2013, Forager Project is a family-owned producer specializing in small batch, plant-based foods. Crafted in Indio, California, Forager’s protein rich yogurts are made from ethically sourced cashew milk. Forager believes that the food we eat is as important as the air we breathe, and they hope to improve human and planet health …

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Anson Mills

Glenn Roberts came up with an ambitious plan in the late 1990’s: to make nearly extinct southern grains like Carolina Gold rice a viable Southern crop, and to grow them organically. Glenn hoped to re-create ingredients of the Southern larder, including grits, cornmeal and rice that were all, once upon a time, milled fresh daily for the table. Available almost …

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Little Apple Granola, big in Sebastopol

Dan and Joanne Lehrer moved to Sebastopol in 1999, just as one of the last of the town’s apple processors was closing up shop. “The most beautiful Gravenstein orchard in the world, the old Hallberg orchard along Highway 116 just north of town, was cut down that year,” they recall. “Imagine rows of majestic trees all felled in the same direction, …