We did not make our original fundraising goal to build the Taproot Kitchen at the Homestead Building in Lopez Village
However, we changed our goal making PLAN B possible: Taproot at Dill Road!
We will create a simplified version of the Taproot kitchen in a building owned by Lopez Storage on Dill Road on Lopez Island. This is in the facility currently used by Randall Waugh, a Taproot Board Member, to make Chicaoji Sauce, already an WSDA-approved “food processing facility.”
The downside: Taproot will not be able to accommodate food prep for direct sale such as catering, Farmers Market and Food Trucks. We plan to develop this capability with the San Juan County Health Department.
The upside: Licensed processors will be able to begin using the Dill Road facility immediately for shelf ready products through the WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture) food processing licensing procedures.
Locals can process food for personal consumption immediately. In fact, we’ve already dried several hundred pounds of peaches, nectarines, apples, pears and asian pears in the commercial food dehydrator donated by Jim Birkemeier.
Email us to learn more about this: info@LopezTaproot.org
We will make structural improvements and acquire more equipment to include more processors. Vendors who want to use Taproot at Dill Road for retail or wholesale products must apply for their own licenses with the WSDA. Ask us for more information. One cool thing: The facility is already approved for one local product: Chicaoji!!
Taproot A Lopez Kitchen is a 501c(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization (EIN# 81-1346888).
Your contributions to Taproot are tax deductible.
Donate on this page through Paypal or...better yet, send a check to PO BOX 551, Lopez Island, WA,98261.
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At this point, Taproot needs your help, energy and ideas more than your money. Thanks to generous donors we have our basic equipment and construction costs covered.
Once we are set up and running, user fees will fund Taproot’s day-to-day operations.
We are excited to open the channel between food producers and consumers while supporting the creation of long-term sustainable livelihoods for local families.
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Strengthening the bond between local farmers, local food producers, and the local food market creating a deeper awareness of the need for land stewardship.
Fostering small scale food production that is closely linked to island farmers while paying tribute to island agricultural traditions.
Creating opportunities for local economic development and supporting island farmers and food producers.
Additional In-Kind Donations: $20,000
A place to gather, store, and share information related to food production, food safety, and food distribution.
Taproot is a shared-use certified commercial food processing facility on Lopez Island, Washington.
Taproot serves to create jobs directly by providing facilities for adding value to agricultural products, particularly those grown locally.
Shared infrastructure permits smaller entrepreneurs to develop their ideas/potentials without debilitating start-up costs
Our goals are to promote and support local entrepreneurship to foster strong connections between food and land stewardship while sustaining the physical health and economic wellbeing of our community.
It is vitally important that local producers have a place to make their products, and it is fitting that the cost of that facility be shared by many hands. This kitchen will benefit all of us, by enabling small businesses to expand, innovate, and flourish. We hope to help people create healthy, locally made products that will eventually become an integral part of the food-web of the San Juan Islands.