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Midwinter freshness from Full Belly Farm

Anyone hailing from a colder clime marvels at the year-round bounty around here. Even in the middle of winter, our bins display a cornucopia of fresh, delicious produce, much of it from Full Belly Farms, a thirty year-old 350-acre certified organic farm in the Capay Valley, about 100 miles north of Sausalito. Their annual “Hoes Down” festival in October, an …

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Truly Grains Pasta: Ancient grains for modern times

Truly Grains is a young Marin-based company on a mission to make grains great again. Truly Grains Pasta uses only ancient variety grains, also known as landrace, that have been around for hundreds of years, and haven’t been changed by modern breeding techniques. They work with small farms to grow our products organically, and avoid industrial agriculture. They mill their …

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Little Belgians from Berkeley

Evy Ballegeer started baking Little Belgians cookies in her Berkeley kitchen out of nostalgia. Speculoos are by far the most popular cookie in her native Belgium, flavored by blends of spices that vary from baker to baker. Her version combines nine spices that include cinnamon, cloves, pepper and cardamom. They taste great with coffee, tea, milk, or hot chocolate, making …

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Say yes to yummy with the Yes Bar

The Yes Bar came about when a Los Angeles mother got tired of saying “no” to things her kids wanted to eat. Abigail Wald created the Yes Bar to give them a grain-free treat made entirely of real foods and entirely free of binders, fillers or preservatives. Over 20 real foods go into each and every Yes Bar. Every single bite is a …

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Ellen’s Kimchi, a superfood made with love

Seventy-five million Koreans can’t be wrong. Now we have Ellen White and Ellen’s Kimchi to show us why their staple food makes good eating for everyone. A traditional food that remains a part of everyday modern life in Korea, kimchi consists of raw vegetables that naturally ferment in purees of fruits, garlic, ginger and Korean spices. Kimchi is a living …

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The great taste of Nana Joes Granola

There’s granola, and then there’s Nana Joes. It’s made in San Francisco by hand in a gluten-free kitchen, full of locally-sourced fruits and nuts, and sweetened only by maple syrup from an artisan producer on the East Coast. Former pastry chef Michelle Pusateri named it after her grandparents (one Nana, two Joes). “I was making my own granola and giving …

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Love and Hummus and delicious

The Love and Hummus Co. makes the kind of food that inspires us at Driver’s Market. Local. Organic. Sunstainably packaged. Delicious. Founder Donna Sky got her start through La Cocina, the innovative incubator kitchen, and has succeeded because her hummus tastes great. “When Donna Sky says that the love in jar of her hummus is an ingredient,” SF Weekly says, “we’re easily …

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Bread SRSLY, a gluten-free love story

Bread SRSLY makes delicious, moist and nourishing gluten-free sourdough breads. It started with a college crush, a gluten-intolerant San Franciscan. Sadie Scheffer began to bake loaves of gluten-free sourdough bread in hopes of winning him over. The first attempts weren’t completely successful. “I got to work experimenting with new ingredients – sorghum flour, sweet rice, buckwheat,” Sadie recalls. “Many of …

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Teas from the Desta Epicures Guild

Desta Epicures Guild is a purveyor offering hand-selected, high quality, organic and fair trade artisanal teas. Desta painstakingly searches the world for the finest ingredients grown using time-honored methods. Desta was created with a philosophy of interconnectedness of all things. It chooses wild harvesting, biodynamic and thoughtful farming. Its intent is to present each ingredient in its authentic state without …

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From Fra’ Mani to you

Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Foods, based in Berkeley, California, was founded by nationally-recognized chef Paul Bertolli. Fra’ Mani strives to keep old world food traditions alive in taste and technique, and is committed to selecting ingredients of the highest quality to produce a wide array of hand-tied dry salami, sausages, cooked salumi and deli meats. Fra’ Mani works with family farmers dedicated …

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Starter Bakery, born with a kouign amman

When Starter Bakery introduced its signature kouign-amann at Oakland’s Pop-Up General Store in 2010, the unique French delicacy proved so popular that a business was born. Driver’s is proud to be on Starter’s regular delivery route, featuring a selection of fresh handcrafted edibles daily. Starter’s award-winning specialty, pronounced kween a-mon, is an indulgent French pastry that is similar to a …

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TCHO, obsessed from the beginning

TCHO is a craft chocolate manufacturer obsessed with creating amazing chocolate, innovating in everything they do, and making a better world — from tree, to bean, to bar. The obsession begins at origin with TCHOSource, its unique sourcing program, designed to obtain the best beans in the world while enabling its partners in country of origin to earn a better …