We’ve packed the cooler for your next #PNW Outdoor adventure!
It may be the middle of August, but that doesn’t mean Summer is over yet! There is still time to enjoy the sunny skies and great weather this season. In the Pacific Northwest, there is no better place to be than outside. Whether you are at a beach house along the Washington coast, deep in the rain forests of Olympic National Park, or road tripping through the beautiful Cascades, you’ll need to have some great snacks to keep you company. This week’s assortment is inspired by the beauty of our Great Outdoors!
Lummi Island Wild
Did you know that Washington is home to one of the greenest fisheries in the world? Based on Lummi Island, Lummi Island Wild Co-op is dedicated to sustainable and seasonal fishing using an incredibly special technique called reef netting. Reef netting allows crews to catch salmon off the local salmon run, while avoiding harm to the fish or killing by-catch through the process. It is a modern take on similar indigenous Native American fishing traditions. Their philosophy has led them to become a leader in sustainable fishing and has helped other micro-fisheries follow in their lead. Their efforts have also been recognized in various publications, including a documentary about food sustainability by Patagonia.
Their wild smoked salmon chowder is featured in this week’s Iconic Market Box. You will love the large pieces of salmon and potatoes, and the richness of the cream base. Just heat and serve and you will be enjoying an authentic taste of the Pacific Northwest in minutes. Follow Lummi Island Wild on Instagram @lummiislandwild
If you ever enjoyed the morning version of Savor Seattle’s Signature Tour of Pike Place Market, you would remember your stop at Chukar Cherries. This day stall has been in business for over 30 years and is well known for their inviting staff, offering tastings to anyone who asks. The business was founded by Pam Montgomery, a Seattleite with no farming experience but a love for the outdoors. Seeing her small family grow, she they should move out of the city and found a property in Prosser, Washington that just happened to have a few cherry trees on it. Those “few” cherry trees turned out to be over a thousand Bing cherry trees, and many were left unattended after picking season ended. Pam soon realized the leftover cherries did not spoil on the tree, but rather the Eastern Washington sun and the natural sugar in the cherries lead to natural preservation. After eating one, she realized that the dried cherries were delicious and promptly started to cook with them, creating delightful treats. However, the biggest hit was covering those dried cherries in chocolate, and the rest is history!
The Triple Cherry Nut mix is full of nature’s best – Rainier, Bing and Organic Tart dried cherries with roasted almonds and pistachios. Combined you get a naturally sweet, tart and savory mix that you won’t want to put down. Perfect for that morning hike or late-night snack. Follow Chukar Cherries on Instagram @chukarcherries
Do you love chocolate? Do you love coffee? Then you will love Joe Chocolate – literally the best of both worlds. Owners Sam Tanner and Peter Keckemeta came up with the concept of coffee-infused chocolate for a class project at the University of Washington, and later made the concept a reality as an energizing trail snack for their thru-hiking friends on the Pacific Crest Trail. As a two-man operation, they would make their chocolate product after hours using the back kitchen of Spuds Fish & Chips. Since then, they have grown significantly in size and popularity, and were able to open their first café and factory in Pike Place Market in 2019. Joe Chocolate uses simple ingredients, and always avoids artificial sweeteners or preservatives. They source fair-labor chocolate and co-op Latin American coffee beans. Not only is the chocolate delicious, but it wil wake you up – one bag of Joe Chocolate is equivalent to two cups of coffee, or 90 Mg of caffeine.
Lovers of the outdoors, the company sponsors those who lack the financial resources to hike the Pacific Crest Trail through their Caveman Dirtbag Sponsorship. It provides 8 care packages along the hike with cash, food, gear, and equipment needed for the journey. They want to make sure a lack of funds doesn’t keep anyone from enjoying the Great Outdoors.
Each Iconic Market Box comes with 1 bag of Joe Chocolate Salted Caramel chocolate. You will love the dark chocolate bark made with small-batch roasted espresso, crunchy salted caramel pieces and a dash of sea salt. Enjoy this tasty treat when you need a small burst of energy without stopping! Follow Joe Chocolate on Instagram @joechocolateco
Seattle Bagel Bakery
Have you ever seen our famous fish mongers chowing down on a bagel with cream cheese during their break and wondered where they came from? Seattle Bagel Bakery is located right around the corner and has been serving the community fresh bagels every morning since 1986. “We make’um, we bake’um and we deliver them all within a 24-hour period,” said Allen Thorne, Production Manager at Seattle Bagel Bakery. The team at Seattle Bagel Bakery hold themselves to a higher standard as well, following the old-school method of kettle boiling their bagels for that perfect chew and texture. They also use the best local ingredients available, such as flour from Shepherd’s Gran CO-OP, known in the region as the premier producer of sustainable Washington wheat.
Classic Iconic Market Boxes come with one sleeve each of their sesame bagels, and The Works also comes with a sleeve of blueberry bagels. Both boxes will also have an 8oz carton of their whipped cream cheese spread, taking all the guesswork out of what to smear on top. Follow Seattle Bagel Bakery on Instagram @seattlebagel
Did you know that Pike Place Market is home to a German master butcher? Uli Lengenberg trained as a butcher in his home country of Germany, and later took his talents global. He started his first sausage business, Uli’s Euro Deli, in Taiwan and operated it for 15 years. There, he learned about the different flavors of the world. Uli made his first visit to America in 1991, which included Pike Place Market. The Market reminded him of the markets in Germany, and he promptly decided to move to the Puget Sound. Since 2000, Uli’s Famous Sausage has been sold both in wholesale and retail, and customers can visit their dine-in location in the Pike Place Market, Uli’s Bierstube.
This week’s Iconic Market Box includes a package of Uli’s beer bites. These dried sausage links are like Slim Jims on steroids. Made with all-natural ingredients and packed with flavor, these will blow any other kind of salami-style jerky away. Follow Uli’s Famous Sausage on Instagram @ulifamoussausage
A favorite among the crafts line vendors, artists and pretty much everyone who works in the Pike Place Market, Michou World Class Deli makes another appearance in this week’s iconic Market Box. They offer us two great options this wek: roasted garlic beer dip and their summer black rice salad. Michou’s bounty of panini-style sandwiches, soups, dips, desserts, and salads are beloved for their use of great quality ingredients, and lines are common in the morning and during the lunch rush. Follow Michou Deli on Instagram @michoudeli
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is easily one of the most well-known brands born from Pike Place Market. Known for their long cheese-hungry lines larger cheese-viewing windows, it is no surprise we have been working with them since our first tour, over thirteen years ago.
Started by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, their Pike Place Market location opened in 2003 and has since expanded to the Flat Iron District in New York City and even to Monroe, Wisconsin. Eating food without harmful additives or preservatives is critical to Kurt and is even part of the company’s credo: “Beecher’s Handmade Cheese makes foods only with ingredients we trust, are proud of, and would eat ourselves. It’s just authentic and original food, full of flavor.”
Beecher’s Original Crackers were developed to perfectly pair with their Flagship cheese. The cracker can pair with just about anything though, as its sweet and light tastes are perfect for highlighting flavors, from jams and preserves to cheese and beer dips. Follow Beecher’s Handmade Cheese on Instagram @beecherscheese
Neighbors to the above Chukar Cherries is another Savor favorite, Woodring Northwest Specialties. Operated by Dale Nelson and his family, Woodring gets its name from the Woodring Canyon in Cashmere, WA where Dale first started his business pressing apple cider from his family’s orchard. Now based in Monroe, WA, Woodring offers a variety of items such as honey, preserves, pickles, and more. Woodring sources its fruit from Pacific Northwest farmers and produces everything they make in small batches, ensuring the highest quality for their customers.
Woodring’s Huckleberry Jam has a sweet berry flavor and tastes just like eating the fruit itself. Enjoy it with peanut butter for an updated twist on the classic sandwich, pair with crackers for a light snack or slather on a bagel with whipped cream cheese for breakfast. Follow them on Instagram @woodringatpikeplace
Frank’s Quality Produce
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, there is no better place than Frank’s Quality Produce, located at the Corner Market Building of Pike Place Market. Three generations of the Genzales’ family have had a presence in the Pike Place Market, starting with Frank “Cheech” Genzale in 1928, and now Frank Jr., the current owner and operator of Franks’ Quality Produce. Locals choose this stall not just for the high quality of produce, but because of the people that make this stall so special. It is not a rarity to find team members recommending recipes or describing flavors of veggies unfamiliar to those who pass by or visit. It is that kind of quality service that keeps locals loyal, and why we love working with this amazing family-owned small business.
Each week, Iconic Market Boxes include a box of produce, curated by Frank Jr. and his team. The
produce changes each week based on availability and season, ensuring that our customers get the best produce available – much fresher and better than what you find at the grocery store! Follow Frank’s Quality Produce on Instagram @franksqualityproduce
Middle Fork Roasters
In 2009, a close-knit group of friends and coffee-lovers decided to put their passions first and began roasting coffee in the heart and soul of Seattle’s coffee scene. Since then, they have been regularly active in their community, giving back whenever they can and working with other businesses to help make their own coffee dreams come true. In fact, Middle Fork Roasters are responsible for providing the beans to many businesses around Seattle, including those in Pike Place Market. We’re psyched that Middle Fork created the Savor Seattle Blend – a combination of Brazilian and Sumatran beans, delivering a bold yet buttery body with rich chocolate undertones. This laid-back blend provides an incredibly clean finish that is perfect for easing into your morning routine. Every Works version of the Iconic Market Box includes a 1 lb. bag of whole bean coffee. Follow Middle Fork Roasters on Instagram @middleforkroasters
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Labor Day is just around the corner, which means one last Summer Cookout before the season ends. In next week’s Iconic Market Box, we put together a great assortment to pair with that BBQ grill you were about to put away for the season. Get ready for burgers, ice cream sundaes and more! See next week’s assortment here.