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Fresh, organic tortillas made from local whole grains, hand-pressed by the folks who run Seattle's oldest farmers' market concession.
Fresh, organic tortillas made from local whole grains, hand-pressed by the folks who run Seattle's oldest farmers' market concession.
136 backers pledged $8,906 to help bring this project to life.

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Long before the days of tasteless, industrial wheat, family farmers grew small plots of grain as part of seasonal crop rotations. Western Washington has lately been enjoying a renaissance of small-scale grain farming, and here at Patty Pan Cooperative we’re laying plans to transform some of this tasty, local wheat into fresh, hand-pressed tortillas.

Some of our crew packaging tamales--Marshall, Juliana, Adam, Tamara and Trey.
Some of our crew packaging tamales--Marshall, Juliana, Adam, Tamara and Trey.

Patty Pan is Seattle’s oldest farmers’ market concession, vending at outdoor venues throughout the city. We’re famous for quesadillas bursting with seasonal vegetables sourced directly from our farmer friends. We’re ready to bring our concept full circle by wrapping those vegetables in our very own tortillas made with wheat raised by some of these same farmers.

Fresh market veggies
Fresh market veggies

It’s an open secret in the sustainable food industry that few businesses use 100% wholesome ingredients, just as few home cooks work entirely with local, organic food. Absolute purity is just too time consuming and expensive.  Patty Pan currently sources about 80 percent of our ingredients from producers who share our values about clean ingredients and local food networks, and this tortilla project will give us the resources to stretch that number to 95 percent.

Tortilla prototypes.
Tortilla prototypes.

Costs

Stand mixer - $1000

Dough divider - $2500

Tortilla press - $1000

Tortilla grill - $1200

Electrical upgrades - $1500

Kickstarter fees and rewards - $1300

 Original Goal - $8500

Additional Funds, and a Stretch Goal

We've reached our original goal! We're so grateful and excited, and we'd also like to make the most of this fundraiser because we have a big dream. We're setting a stretch goal of an additional $4000 to cover a  milling machine and a reach-in cooler, so we can grind our own flour from whole wheat berries and keep our tortillas cold.

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Risks and challenges

Patty Pan Cooperative is an established, stable business. While the prospect of making our own tortillas is exciting and opens up a world of possibilities, we’ll have to tinker with a proven business model. Production will be labor intensive, especially at first. These fresh, whole grain tortillas will be more perishable than the ones we currently use, so we’ll have to carefully work out the logistics of stock rotation and refrigerated storage space. We don’t expect this transition to be completely smooth. We do expect it to be challenging and interesting.

We’ve been in business since 1997, and we’ve tested and launched quite a few products and projects, some more successfully than others. The main difference we’ve found between the endeavors that have succeeded and those we’ve abandoned midstream has been our passion and our willingness to persevere until we’ve hit our stride and worked out the kinks. We’re ready to give this tortilla project our full energy and enthusiasm. We’ll have to. You’ll be counting on us.

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    You'll receive a pdf of our Fiery Love Sauce recipe, and we'll list you on our website as a community donor.

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    You'll receive a fresh pack of Patty Pan tortillas, to be picked up at a Seattle-area farmers' market, OR a pdf of five salsa recipes. We'll also list you on our website as a community donor.

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    You'll receive a quesadilla made on a fresh, whole grain tortilla, to be picked up at the Seattle-area farmers' market of your choice, OR a "Cooking is subversive" bumper sticker. We'll also list you on our website as a community donor.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of the book, "Cavemen, Monks and Slow Food: A History of Eating Well", written by Devra Gartenstein, Patty Pan's founder, AND a package of fresh, whole grain tortillas to be picked up at the Seattle-area farmers' market of your choice. We'll also list you on our website as a community donor.

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    You'll receive a Patty Pan Cooperative t-shirt, and a package of fresh tortillas. (We'll ship the t-shirt and you'll pick up the tortillas at any Seattle-area farmers' market.) We'll also list you on our website as a community donor.

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    A punch card good for $75 worth of food at our market booths and/or Humble Feast dinners. You'll also receive a package of fresh tortillas to be picked up at a Seattle-area farmers' market, and we'll list you on our website as a community donor.

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    You'll receive an annual pass for one Humble Feast community dinner per month at our neighborhood kitchen, OR a tamale kit sent to your door. The tamale kit will include recipes and ingredients to make 30 tamales (Just add water, oil, and meat or veggies of your choice). You'll also get a package of fresh tortillas to be picked up at any Seattle-area farmers' market, and we'll list you on our website as a community donor.

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    You'll receive a one-year pass good for a meal any time you see us at a Seattle-area farmers' market, and one package of fresh tortillas to be picked up once at a market. We'll also list you on our website as a community donor.

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    We'll cater a party in your back yard, for up to 25 people! Food will include tamales and grilled veggie quesadillas made with fresh market ingredients. You'll also receive a package of fresh tortillas to be picked up at a Seattle-area farmers' market, and we'll list you on our website as a community donor.

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    We'll cater a party in your back yard, for up to 50 people. Food will include our tamales and grilled veggie quesadillas made with fresh market ingredients. You'll also receive a package of fresh tortillas to be picked up at a Seattle-area farmers' market, and we'll list you on our website as a community donor.

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Funding period

- (30 days)