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Strengthening our
Local Food System

Building community, making every bite count, reducing energy use, eliminating toxic exposures and leveraging your contributions are just a few of the factors that influence what goes into the meals we prepare each week for our clients. With $120,000 in food purchasing annually – and nearly that much in in-kind food donations – Ceres counts dozens of local farmers, food producers and grocers among our partners.

Behind this amazing list of people and businesses is Kitchen Manager Julie Stuffelbeam, who joined the Ceres staff in 2009. With a fierce commitment to the quality of food we provide our clients, Julie has led the way in insuring that every ingredient entering the Ceres kitchen in Sebastopol is as nutritious as possible -- and that it’s raised, produced and procured in a way that enhances the health of our community and the planet. That same commitment is now shared by key staff and volunteers at our Marin and Sonoma Valley program sites.

From local meat suppliers like Marin Sun Farms and Green Star Farm (who also supplies some of our pasture-raised organic eggs) and tempeh producer Alive & Healing, to Gibson Honey, Buddha Salt Company, Wild Brine and a dozen local farmers, the food that comes through our doors each week is a bounty of organic, sustainably-raised, nutrient-rich and lovingly produced goodness.

We are especially grateful to Oliver’s Markets, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Gourmet Mushrooms, Laguna Farm and Whole Foods Markets. These businesses donate to Ceres each week – with a combined annual in-kind donation of more than $40,000. Artisana, a producer of high-quality organic nut and seed butters and coconut oil, became a Ceres partner in 2013 and now donates thousands of dollars of product each year.

Our most important partner is W.H.O.A. Farm. With the mission statement, “the very best food money can’t buy” nonprofit W.H.O.A. Farm is committed to raising the highest quality food possible, and donating 100% of it to other nonprofits like Ceres who serve those most in need in our community. Each Monday morning founders Wendy Mardigian and Eddie Gelsman arrive at Ceres with a van filled with produce harvested fresh that day. On a recent Monday the bounty included 16 dozen eggs, 12 pints of strawberries, 1 case each of kale, eggplant and summer squash, 2 cases of peppers and 250 pounds of tomatoes!

We are deeply grateful to each of these partners for their support of Ceres, and for the incredible work they are doing to build a healthy, robust and sustainable food system for all of us.

 


 

 

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Key:
B - We buy wholesale
D - They donate

Alive & Healing - B with discount
tempeh

Andy’s Produce Market - B

Artisana Foods/Premier Organics - D nut and seed butters, coconut oil

Buddha Salt Company - D

Clover Sonoma - D

Dinwoodie Farms - B with discount
sustainably-raised almonds

Earl’s Organics - B

Farmacopia - B

Fat Pilgrim General Store - D

First Light Farm - B/D

Galen's Way - B

Gipson Honey - B

Giving Gardens Project- D

Good Earth Natural Foods - B/D

Gourmet Mushrooms - D
all the mushrooms we need

Green Gage Farm - D

Green Star Farm - B local, pasture-raised and organic animal products/eggs

Green String Farm - B

Grindstone Bakery - D

Laguna Farm - D weekly, B

La Tortilla Factory - D

Marin Sun Farms - B
local, pasture-raised and organic animal products

Massa Organics - B
Brown Rice

Nana Mae’s Organics - B
apple cider vinegar

New Family Farm - B/D

Nutiva - B/D
chia seeds, coconut oil

Oak Hill Farm - D

Oliver’s Markets - B/D
50% off all organic poultry

Pacific Sun Olive Oil - B

Paul’s Produce - D

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery - B/D
donate all the goat kefir for clients as well as cheese for events

Silk Road Teas - D

Singing Frogs Farm - B/D

Sonoma Market - B

Sonoma Valley Gleaners - D

Straus Family Creamery - D

Tides Wharf Wholesale Seafood - B

Tierra Vegetables - B/D

Triple T Ranch & Farm - B/D

Village Bakery - B/D

W.H.O.A. Farm - D
$30,000 worth of produce and pasture-raised eggs annually

Whole Foods Market - B/D

 
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