This week, Serious Eats posted a Cook and Tell challenge that asked for information about locally-made products. So I checked my kitchen and pantry, then took my camera along to Cayenne Kitchen hunt down even more local products. I was surprised how many I found.
And I also found that was difficult to draw the line at who was truly local. In the end, I included all the ones with local connections that I found during my short hunt.
I meant to take my camera to the farmer's market over the weekend, but forgot it, so that's a post for another day. I'll probably put that off until the market has moved beyond spring greens and there are some more vegetables making an appearance.
These are in alphabetical order, and where the product line didn't seem obvious from the photos or company names, I included that as well. I also linked to websites, if the companies had them. In some cases, I have links to my previous posts about these businesses, people, and products.
I think I've strayed a bit from SE's question about locally and hand/homemade products, since many of these companies have grown past the kitchen-table stage. And some of the products aren't so much final products as they are single ingredients like honey and milk and meat. Some of the items, like spices, coffee, tea, and packaged mixes, are assembled and packaged here, but the original ingredients are sourced elsewhere.
Some of these are local companies that package their goods elsewhere, but the company's office is here. And then there are big companies that started small here and have remained here, but are distributed nationally. So they're local, but they're no longer small.
But that's all the thinking I want to do about it at the moment. The best I can say is that all of these items have local roots. So here we go:
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