ACME by the numbers

AF+K by the numbers – check out the amount of local food we purchased in 2014!

We are so proud of the positive impact we’ve had on our local farmers and food producers. Our customers’ interest and dedication to healthy meals is having a tremendous effect on our local food economy keeping the people who grow and make our food in business.

When you buy from ACME Farms + Kitchen you know exactly where your food comes from and that your grocery budget is being well spent supporting farmers and businesses that care about their customers and our community. Together, we can ensure that these hard working folks are able to continue growing and making the fresh, healthy foods we all enjoy.

Check out the list of Farmers, Ranchers + Fishers, and Artisan Producers we worked with in 2014 and 2015. As we head into 2016 we’ll be adding even more locals to this list. 

FARMERS
Bellewood Acres
apples, apple chips, cider
Bow Hill Blueberries
blueberries, jam, edamame
Cascadia Mushrooms
shiitake + oyster mushrooms
Cedarville Farm
produce + eggs
Cloud Mountain Farm Center
produce
Fresh Breese Organic
milk + cream 
Growing Washington
produce
Haricot Farms
dried beans
Hedlin’s Farm
prduce, grain, flour
Hopewell Farm
produce
Joe’s Garden
produce
Lyall Farms
sweet potatoes
Mama’s Garden
produce, eggs, pumpkins
Martin Family Orchards
stone fruit
Moondance Farm
produce
Osprey Hill Farm
produce, eggs
Palouse Brand
dried beans 
Prairie Road Farm
produce, eggs
Sage + Sky Farm
eggs
Sherman’s Pioneer Farm
sugar hubbard squash
Smallwood Farms
produce
Starvation Alley Farms
cranberries
Triple Wren Farm
cut flowers, produce
Viva Farms
produce
 
RANCHERS + FISHERS
3 Sisters
grassfed beef
Barlean’s Fishery
fin fish + shellfish
Crown S Ranch
grassfed beef, pastured pork, chicken + lamb
Jones Family Farm
grassfed beef, pastured pork
Lummi Island Wild
reefnet salmon
Samish Bay Cheese
grassfed beef, pastured pork
Skagit Angus Beef
grassfed beef
Skagit River Ranch
grassfed beef, pastured pork
Taylor Shellfish Farm
clams, oysters, mussels
Western Freedom Seafood
alaskan true cod
Osprey Hill Farm
pasture raised chicken

ARTISAN PRODUCERS
Bellingham Pasta Co.
handmade pasta + sauces
Breadfarm
artisan breads + sweet treats
Cascade Cheese Co.
artisan cheese
Cascadia Creamery
artisan raw cheeses
Chia Girl Foods
chia seed fruit spreads
Flying Bird Botanicals
teas + drinking chocolates
Gothberg Farm
goat cheese
jonboy Caramels
handmade caramels
La Fiamma
pizza dough
MMLocal Foods
preserved fruit + vegetables
Moon Valley Organics
honey
Mt. Townsend Creamery
artisan cheese
Pipitone Farms
preserve, salsas, dried fruit
QUIN Candy
handmade confections
Ralf’s Bavarian Bakery
authentic pretzels + pretzel buns
Samish Bay Cheese
artisan cheeses + yogurt
Tadeo’s Restaurant
handmade organic tortillas

Have a favorite local? We’d love to hear about it. Just email us or leave us a note on our Facebook page. 

It’s more than just a box of groceries

At ACME Farms + Kitchen we have a passion for local food. We enjoy the challenge of finding and connecting with local growers and producers to find the best ingredients for our Locavore Boxes. It’s especially fun to meet new people who care as much as we do about providing good food.

By sourcing locally we’re getting the freshest, most flavorful food possible. We’re also financially supporting farmers and producers in our region ensuring that they can continue to grow and make food for all of us.

We take great pride in providing healthy, clean food for your family and in our contribution to the food economy. 

When you shop with AF+K you make all of this possible.

Taste the difference local can make.

Try our Goat Cheese + Shiitake Strata Recipe using these suggested Portland area favorites.

Eggs – Deck Family Farm
Mushrooms – Top Hat Mushrooms
Bread – Fleur de Lis Bakery
Half & Half – Garry’s Meadow Fresh
Goat Cheese – Alsea Acre

In the Whatcom County or Seattle region? Look for ingredients from these growers and producers:

Eggs – Prairie Road Farm
Mushrooms – Cascadia Mushrooms
Bread – Breadfarm
Half & Half – Fresh Breeze Organic
Goat Cheese – Gothberg Farms

AF+K Goat Cheese + Shiitake Strata

PS. We’re excited about the new connections we’re making in the Portland area. Look for future recipes featuring ingredients from Pasta del Sol, SweetHeart Bake Shop, Carman Ranch, Deck Family Farm, Gathering Together Farm, Rossi Farms and more.

It’s rough work, looking for delicious local food but we promise, we’ll stick with it.

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

Cooking [from scratch] is “the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being.” – Michael Pollan

When we started ACME Farms + Kitchen we did it with our families in mind. We want to feed our kids the best food possible. We enjoy watching them learn about good food choices, how food made from scratch is prepared, and we especially love seeing them develop a taste for a wide variety of different flavors and textures.

It can definitely be a challenge to prepare meals that are healthy and we know that sometimes when we do, kids don’t always want to eat what we prepare. Our hope is that by using AF+K Locavore Boxes, full of interesting, colorful and flavorful local foods, it’s easier for you and your family to eat food you feel good about and enjoy. We also hope it makes it easier to share the experience of preparing food and to pass on the skills needed to help your kids feel comfortable in the kitchen.

Ana helps make handpies.

There are a lot of positive outcomes when kids help cook.

  • The more kids are involved with the food they eat, the more likely they are to try new things. They’re also more willing to eat what they’ve helped prepare!
  • When kids help prepare and eat a variety of healthy foods they are more likely to develop a taste for whole foods and less likely to crave processed foods. This sets them up for good habits as adults.
  • By inviting our kids to help prepare meals, we’re teaching them an important life skill and giving them self confidence in the kitchen.
  • Cooking is also a great way to teach other transferable skills. Reading recipes, following directions, measuring, using math, seeing cause and effect, developing motor skills, identifying different types of foods and the tools used in cooking are all excellent learning experiences.
  • Spending time in the kitchen is also a great way to have quality family time and to connect with one another. It’s the perfect time to talk about good food choices and how by eating well, we’re taking care of ourselves and staying healthy. It’s also a sweet way to make family memories.
Etta in the kitchen with Cara's grandmother.

Etta in the kitchen with Cara’s grandmother. 

Throughout the month of March, look for tips on your weekly recipe sheets for ways your kids can get involved with your family meals. Also watch for other fun ways to get your kids excited about eating and cooking. Together we can grow the next generation of healthy kids that love good food!

BLUEBERRY PIE AND KIDS IN THE GARDEN

ACME Farms + Kitchen Pie Kits

For the third Pi Day in a row we’re taking the opportunity to give back! At ACME Farms + Kitchen we love to see our kids learn where the food they eat comes from. This year proceeds from our Pi Day Fundraiser will be donated to the great organizations outlined below. We love the mission of all three and hope you’ll join us in supporting the invaluable work they do inspiring and educating folks on where their food comes from.

Special thanks to Bow Hill BlueberriesIcing on the CakeSpringbank Farm, and Pie Spot for partnering with us to give more to these important organizations.

For Bellingham and Seattle area customers, orders for Blueberry Pie Kits are due by 10am on Monday, 5th. For Portland customers, orders are due by midnight, Sunday 4th. Visit our SHOP page to order.

Kits will be delivered March 8th. 

Common Threads Farm

Common Threads Farm is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that connects kids to healthy food in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the table. Currently, close to 6,000 kids in 21 schools across Whatcom County are gardening and cooking with Common Threads! Partner schools cover about 20% of the costs of food education, so your support is vital to providing the resources, information, and experiences to help ALL kids make daily healthy food choices for life.

Common Threads also offers wonderful CAMPS in spring and summer! Need-based scholarships help ensure that all kids can enjoy the opportunity to fall in love with healthy food–in the garden, in the outdoor kitchen, and at the picnic table! For more information, please visit Common Threads’ website: https://commonthreadsfarm.org

Tilth Alliance offers farm and garden education for kids and teens. Through farm and garden tours, mobile garden classrooms, and summer camps, youth discover where food comes from. Through Tilth Alliance, kids get the opportunity to taste fresh vegetables straight from the farm, tend and harvest crops, collect seeds, make compost, learn about worms, insects and other pollinators, and explore the natural environment in hands-on science based learning. Check their website for details on bringing hands-on experiences to the classroom and for summertime camps, tours and classes for kids of all ages: www.tilthalliance.org/learn/kids/kids-and-families

Growing Gardens Portland

Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy, equitable, communities. Through hands-on learning, people across Oregon learn skills, build leadership, and grow in a way that is true to themselves.  We work with communities for at least 3 years to build strong partnerships and relationships. Growing Gardens envisions communities where all people have equal access to safe, healthy and sustainable food. We strive to become an organization that is community-driven where leadership is fostered at all levels.

Find out more about our work at www.growing-gardens.org

BLUEBERRY CRUMB PIE FOR PI DAY 3.14

ACME Farms + Kitchen Blueberry Crumb Pie

In celebration of Pi Day we’re sharing our favorite recipe for Blueberry Crumb Pie. If you didn’t purchase the kit last week, you can still make yourself a delicious pie. This recipe is excellent made with frozen blueberries but we also suggest you keep it around for blueberry season. This recipe is so simple and tasty you’ll definitely want to make it again.

BLUEBERRY CRUMB PIE

  • 1 pie dough
  • 1 1/2 lb blueberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cornstartch  
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, thinly sliced

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted but slightly cooled

Preheat the oven to 450F.

Transfer the blueberries to a large bowl. Add the sugar, cornstarch along with the lemon juice. Toss well and let stand for 15 minutes.

Roll out pie dough into an 1/8” thick round on a floured surface. Fit it into an 8” or 9” pie dish, leaving an overhang around the perimeter. Fold the edge of the pie dough under itself and crimp. 

Pour the fruit and its juices into the pie shell and scatter the butter slices on top.

For the crumb topping whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour melted butter over the mixed ingredients and mix in with fingertips to blend.

Scatter the crumb topping evenly over the top of the fruit in the pie dish.

Transfer the pie to the oven on a parchment lined baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake for 10 minutes at 450F then reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for about 45 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling and the crumb topping is deeply golden on top.

Transfer the pie to a rack to cool completely. Serve with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Skiyou Farm

Skiyou Ranch

Skiyou Ranch, located in Sedro Woolley, WA, is a 4th generation farm nestled along side the beautiful Skagit River. The farm is home to a herd of organic beef raised by Tarie and Lonn Benson and serves as ACME’s main beef supplier. 

Skiyou Ranch

The farm has a rich history with the Benson family raising working mules back in the day, dairy cows, and beef. Skiyou Ranch registered with the WSDA Organic program in 2002.

Skiyou Ranch

Tarie and Lonn not only care for their heard, they care about all the wildlife on their land. Skiyou Ranch participates in the Washington State Backyard Sanctuary program and the National Wildlife Federation for Certification as a Wildlife Habitat.

Skiyou Ranch

At ACME Farms + Kitchen we are proud to work with local farmers like Tarie and Lonn bringing you the best locally sourced products we can find. When you shop with us, you support locals like them who are an essential part of our community foodshed and who care about our place just as much as you do. 

Skiyou Ranch
Skiyou Ranch farm cat. 

Delicious Things to Make with Cauliflower

Ready to learn more about Cauliflower and try out a new recipe? 

CauliflowerHOW TO STORE CAULIFLOWER

  • Refrigerate raw, whole cauliflower in a plastics bag, leaving it unwashed until right before you use it. Store it stem side down to prevent any moisture from pooling around the edible bits. It should keep for about a week.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
In a 1 cup serving:

  • Calories: 27
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g, 8% of Daily Value (DV)
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • 77% DV of Vitamin C: A water-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant to fight against potentially damaging free radicals (molecules with unshared electrons that float around wreaking havoc) and an important cofactor in collagen synthesis.
  • 20% Dv of Vitamin K: A fat-soluble vitamin that allows for activation of enzymes in the clotting cascade, which is responsible for blood clotting. Also builds bone by modifying osteocalcin so that it may bind calcium, thus building the bone matrix.
  • 14% DV of Folate (Vitamin B9): A water-soluble vitamin that helps make DNA & RNA and metabolize amino acids.
  • 10% DV of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): A water-soluble vitamin that works behind the scenes as a coenzyme in many important reactions within your body, including protein metabolism and red blood cell formation, among countless other functions.

SOME DELICIOUS WAYS TO EAT CAULIFLOWER:

1. Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower from Garlic + Zest

2. General Tso’s Cauliflower from Pinch of Yum

3. Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous from Autoimmune Wellness

4. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower from Jessica in the Kitchen

5. Thai Coconut Cauliflower Soup from The Endless Meal

If you try out one of these recipes, or come up with your own, make sure to take a picture and tag us on social media at #acmefarmsandkitchen or #acmekids and you could win a $25 gift certificate this week!

STOCK YOUR PANTRY | STAPLES

Our Locavore Boxes come with almost everything you need to make delicious meals at home. To save on box cost, packaging, and food waste we generally do not include common pantry items in your box. 

Below we list our common pantry items in order from most to least often needed as pantry items in our recipes:

  • Butter and Cooking Oils: Vegetable oils, and high heat oils such as avocado and safflower, and non-dairy butter alternatives such as ghee.
  • Salt and Pepper: The staple among staples!
  • Broth*: Vegetable, Beef, or Chicken. Stock can generally be considered interchangeable.
  • Mayo
  • Salad Fixings: In order to use our box budget to add more value to your meals, we sometimes leave the side salad up to you (but we’ll usually provide the leafy greens!). Make your own salad creation, or order our Salad Kit along with your box to add simplicity and deliciousness!
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic*
  • Sweeteners: Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar, Agave, Brown Sugar
  • Vinegar: Red Wine, Rice, Sherry, Balsamic, Apple Cider
  • Spice: Sriracha, Hot Sauce, Red Pepper Flakes. Where possible, we like to leave the spice levels up to you.
  • Cornstarch
  • Cream
  • Cumin 
  • Lemon Juice*
  • Wine: White, Red
  • Almond Flour 
  • Balsamic Vinegar 
  • Beer: A good guideline for cooking with beer is lighter beer for lighter meals and heavy beer for heavy meals.
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Mustard: Dijon, Brown, Yellow
  • Canned Tomatoes: If the recipe’s tomatoes are getting cooked down, a 15oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes may be called for.
  • Coconut Milk* 
  • Milk or Milk Alternative*
  • Nuts
  • Paprika
  • Tomato Paste or Ketchup
  • Avocado*
  • Bay Leaf
  • Coriander
  • Curry Powder
  • Egg*
  • Flour
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika 
  • Parmesan*
  • Pine Nuts
  • Turmeric 

*We will quite often include these items for you, but either when they are optional recipe additions, or they are required in such small amounts it would be wasteful to include a whole package, we will sometimes make them pantry items.