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A fully licensed trailer for my wood fired oven allows me to make pizzas using local farm ingredients at community and private events.

The photo above is a model of the Mobile Pizza Kitchen to be built. 

Pizza is powerful.

My vision for a new food model.

I intuitively believe that good food travels from the belly to the soul. The power of food to restore us as individuals—and to unite us as a community—draws on my Italian instincts to grow, cook, and share the freshest food possible.

Everything I cook comes from the land I love and farm. So I know firsthand the life of a small-farm grower, and I know too well that many small-farm growers just like me will struggle financially to keep their land going this year. My dream is to create a food model that will collectively support Vashon Island growers. For me, that means making “mobile pizza”—farm fresh, wood-fired, community supported pizza, all cooked and served from a mobile pizza kitchen.

Pizza supports farmers.  

Mobility changes everything. 

With the La Biondo Farm Mobile Pizza Kitchen, I will “bring the farms” to people at community events by cooking and serving oven-fresh pizzas made mostly from the harvests of my farm and neighbor growers. Because the Mobile Pizza Kitchen travels, it will go wherever the demand for pizza is high, such as street fairs, the farmers’ market, special events, and private parties.

By taking advantage of this mobile market, I can in turn “bring the demand” for pizza back to Vashon Island farmers. Higher pizza volume means I can buy in higher volume from fellow growers. The Mobile Pizza Kitchen will enable me to commit orders for recurring and year-round bulk quantities and varieties of local produce. When the community buys a pizza from the Mobile Pizza Kitchen, they contribute to my farm and the farms that have grown the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and other fresh toppings, along with the artisan cheese melted on top and other farm specialty foods.

Give pizza a chance.

Join me in joining others.

This mobile food model is at the heart of what I believe great food is all about. By creatively bringing people, pizza, and small-farm growers together, we eat well and all benefit from an enriched, local agricultural economy. 

Rewards 

Credits
Andrew Plotsky for video creation
Deborah Taylor and Amy Scott for editorial & graphic assistance
Photographs by Jeff Dunnicliff and Karen Biondo

Links
Charles N Pete Custom Embroidery:  http://www.cnpdesigns.com 

Pam Ingalls: http://www.pamingalls.com

Tall Clover Farm: http://www.tallcloverfarm.com/

La Biondo Farm & Kitchen: http://labiondofarm.com/

New York Times article: http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/travel/vashon-island-near-seattle-a-rural-throwback.html?pagewanted=all

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    Receive a gift pack of six Pam Ingalls greeting cards featuring the La Biondo Farm Kitchen (pamingalls.com). AND Enjoy a super cute La Biondo Farm Kitchen magnet for your refrigerator.

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    NEW REWARD! NAKED PIZZA! La Biondo Farm Mobile Pizza Kitchen and See Me Naked are friends who are both doing Kickstarter right now, and we are goin' on a date... and you can come! $136 or more gets you the loveliest pizza dinner ever, on the sweetest farm on Vashon. Maria will do a special sneak preview of brand-new material from See Me Naked. Karen will make you farm-fresh pizza from local ingredients, from her own farm and others on Vashon. You will eat under the Vashon sky... and if we play our cards right, the pizza will be served by some beautiful, not-exactly-naked-but-close, happy dancers. For $136! IF we BOTH make our goals - so pledge to one of us or the other, and please help spread the word to everyone you know! Let's have Naked Pizza on the Farm! (If you're already a backer, you aren't left out: increase your pledge to hit $136 and you're in! And if you've already pledged more, you are automatically included!) Check my update called NAKED PIZZA for more info!

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    Sport your custom embroidered La Biondo shopping tote that folds into a pouch with a nifty little carabineer to clip on your key chain, belt, purse, dog collar, car antenna, nose ring, etc. AND Enjoy two slices of pizza at the Vashon Farmers’ Market.

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    Community Supported Pre Paid Pizza You have $250.0 in Pizza Bucks to be redeemed over 3 years and must be used over a minimum of 2 years. ( you may not eat $250 worth of pizza in one sitting. You will have a big belly ache!)

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    Come for an authentic Farm Day Lunch for Two. You and your guest can take a seat at the table on Wednesday or Sunday with the La Biondo Farm crew. Engage with us on all matters of farming and philosophy while we enjoy a freshly harvested pizza lunch and lively conversation.

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    Experience a “Farm Tour for Two” and mix in with the La Biondo Farm crew for a light harvest lunch. Meet some of the most friendly goats on earth, our silly pigs, aloof chickens, and Luke the Goose with his two duck wives. You will also wander in the vegetable gardens and maybe even harvest a few weeds along the way. Plus $50. in Community Supported Pizza Pre Paid Pizza Dough!

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    It’s Celebrity Pizza Night! You and 3 guests are invited to the table and have a pizza dinner with a beloved and engaging Vashon Island celebrity or two. Guests may include Tom Conway of Tall Clover Farm (www.tallcloverfarm.com), Impressionist painter Pam Ingalls (pamingalls.com), filmmaker Michael Montelone, Megan Hastings and Adam Cone from SnapDragon Cafe & Bakery Vashon and World Pizza in Seattle, The Washington State Faeries, Lonesome Mike Nichols, man with a mouth piece, or Kathy Kush from Burton Coffee Stand (as seen in the New York Times, 4/1/12). Enjoy lively and dynamic conversation while you dine on freshly harvested pizzas, salad and dessert.

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    Boast naming rights to the 2012 or 2013 baby goats. Seriously, you might be surprised how many adults and children come to the farm with the best names for the baby kids. If I only have two kids this year, you get first dibs on next year's. Plus, enjoy two seats at Celebrity Pizza Night.

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    Set aside a Sunday night for a private pizza party at your place for 15. Your farm meal includes a seasonal appetizer, “taster” pizzas, salad, entree pizzas, and dessert.

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    You are a La Biondo Farm Celebrity! I will bring La Biondo Mobile Pizza for 100 to you. This reward includes appetizer, pizza & dessert. You supply beverages. This reward may used within 2 years of completion of Mobile unit. You also get blessings from beyond from my Sicilian Nonna!

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