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CAFE & GROCERY

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

RAMBLIN' POPPY

ABOUT

Ramblin' Poppy is a "mom and pop" type of shop with a heart. Located in beautiful West Jefferson, NC, they make sausages by hand with a focus on local and ethically-sourced ingredients. Their creative combinations of flavors make these some of the best sausages you can buy! They also are a contributing member of their local community and winner of the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce award for customer service.

BASED IN:

West Jefferson, NC

INSTAGRAM:

@ramblinpoppy

https://www.ramblinpoppy.com/

local, family owned and run, ethically sourced meats

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HAPPY DIRT

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We have the audacity to believe that providing fresh fruits, vegetables and pantry goods can make us all a little happier. It’s also a great way to build a more sustainable food system. So every day at Happy Dirt, we work hard to pool diverse harvests from several regions, supporting our farmers and enabling us to meet your growing demand for a steady stream of high-quality food choices throughout the year. Happy customers, happy farmers and a happier planet.

When it comes to driving our mission, our capabilities are virtually endless in helping you access the product you desire from farmers you can trust.

Happy Dirt participates in the following third-party audit programs to ensure its commitment to core values: Certified Organic, Food Safety Certified (Primus GFS), Certified B-Corporation, and Certified Living Wage Employer. All of these protocols make Happy Dirt a stronger business – more resilient, sustainable, and better for people and planet!

BASED IN:

Durham, NC

INSTAGRAM:

@happydirtproduce

https://happydirt.com/

sustainable, certified organic, living wage employer

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EGG PRESS MANUFACTURING

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EP MFG is a collective of nice people. We print and distribute letterpress cards for a variety of independent design brands. Our mission is to make people feel good, and encourage them to make others feel good too. We like to think of ourselves as ‘thoughtful as hell’ -- with a commitment to craft, sustainable manufacturing, and putting people first in all that we do. Here’s what you get when you work with us: Really Good Letterpress: We do letterpress the traditional way: by hand, with artistry and attention to craftsmanship. Every card we manufacture is exceptionally made. High Volume: With well over half a million cards going out the door each year, we offer quality and quantity at a speed not typically associated with the “snail mail” we produce. Sustainable Manufacturing: We make responsibly. From what we use, to how we use it, and constantly looking for ways to use less. We piloted our plastic-free packaging in 2023 with great success, eliminating plastic sleeves on 66% of cards that went out the door!

BASED IN:

Portland, OR

INSTAGRAM:

@ep.mfg

https://eggpressmfg.com/

women owned, eco-friendly, handmade

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FIRSTHAND FOODS

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Our food hub began with a little bit of luck, a lot of determination, and a generous dose of community support. We met in 2008 and discovered a shared interest in the well-being of family farmers and in preserving our state’s natural beauty and agricultural heritage. We saw in each other kindred spirits who are energized by solving problems and believe that business can and should be a tool for creating social and environmental good.

In a world of commerce dominated by global supply chain arrangements, small-scale farmers are often denied access to market opportunities. We set out to change that by building a robust market for local, pasture-raised meats that consumers can trust were raised humanely in a spirit of fairness and stewardship. From our humble beginnings as Durham’s first mobile Sausage Wagon, Firsthand Foods has grown into a food hub that feeds the growing demand for locally sourced and downright delicious beef, pork and lamb.

BASED IN:

Durham, NC

INSTAGRAM:

@firsthandfoods

https://firsthandfoods.com

women owned, humanely-raised meat

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FLY BY JING

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Founded in 2018, Jing was inspired by the amazing flavors of her hometown Chengdu and its famous fly restaurants— soulful hole-in-the-wall eateries so good they attract diners like flies.

Fly By Jing is the first premium Chinese food company that brings thoughtfully-crafted pantry staples to the modern kitchen. Developed by Jenny Gao, a chef, entrepreneur and renowned expert on Chinese cuisine, they’re on a mission to bring uncensored Chinese flavors to the table: Where highly charged flavors meet 100% real ingredients.

BASED IN:

Los Angeles, CA

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@flybyjing

https://flybyjing.com/

AAPI owned

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SARDINHA

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On the outside they are fun and modern. Inside, they are delicious and prepared according to traditional methods. Traditional Portuguese recipes served with great creativity and good mood. Designers and advertisers in tune with those who, for many years, have been making delicious sardines recipes by hand. This is the main secret of our cans and what makes our brand a success story and highly appreciated both in Portugal and in other demanding markets, such as England, the USA, Germany, among many others.

BASED IN:

Lisboa Portugal

INSTAGRAM:

@bancadasardinha

https://sardinha.pt/en/

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THE GRATEFUL
TEA CO.

ABOUT

Our Tea:
For a tasteful beverage that boasts the added value of elevating our minds, vibrancy, and our spirit, tea is fast becoming found out for what it well and truly is—something of a delightful delicacy, yet so therapeutic. It really does tick all the boxes. From gourmet sachet teabags to loose-leaf, Rooibos, black tea, green, herbal & wellness teas you can rest easy in the confidence and originality that the signature “The Grateful Tea Co.” inspires.

Our Mission:
Re-imagining the tea experience as a cupful of comfort, and an elixir of redemption, hope, and renewed vigor. One “cuppa” at a time.

BASED IN:

Cornelius, NC

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women owned

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TOP NOTE TONIC

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Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, founders Mary Pellettieri and Noah Swanson have drawn upon their collective experiences, to change the way people think about- and enjoy- soft beverages.

In 2014, Mary and Noah started pouring through old recipes for tinctures. They formulated Top Note's original craft beverage concentrates, including a unique Bitter Orange syrup, based on these old world tinctures and sold them at local farmer's markets in Wisconsin. The response was so positive, the founders decided to bring their products to a broader audience while staying true to the artisan take on soft drinks - Keep it real, keep it low in sugar and keep in interesting.

Top Note is serious about flavor, but also about the environment. All packaging is biodegradeable, and they have reduced the packaging needed with e-comm shippers in 2020.

BASED IN:

Milwaukee, WI

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women owned, eco-friendly

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