We're facing some very big challenges and decisions as we try to source ethically and locally. Something as simple as buying a bag of dried beans takes several days as we try to figure out how to provide organic and still make a profit. We've been unable to find any local wholesaler who provides organic bulk beans. Organics from Idaho prove too expensive after outrageous shipping and handling. So we've found organic beans from California which are slightly more affordable.
Here in the Northwest, this seems like the bleakest time for local food. Spring is here, warm weather is near, but all we've got are greens, roots, and cold stored apples. So we look forward to summer when we estimate about 95% Washington grown produce!