Slagel Family Farm has been raising some of the best livestock in Central Illinois since 1888. They maintain a small scale farm so they can control every aspect of the operation and consistently deliver high quality, wholesome products. Through composting and fueling delivery trucks with biodiesel, the farm maintains a very small carbon footprint. We can always count on the Slagel family to create the best product in the way that's best for the world.
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters were some of the first to move to handcrafted, organic, fair-trade coffee when they started in 1996. Their green coffee buying program focuses on direct relationships with farmers, sustainable practices, and quality over quantity. They engage with their farmers to go beyond "direct trade" certification and source the best beans fairly.
Red Hen's philosophy is simple: "bake great bread". They start with high quality ingredients and no added chemicals, then actually give it the time it needs to rise and reach maximum flavor. All their bread is worked by hand, not machine, which locks in the lightness and flavor we love. Red Hen Bread decided to stick to methods that many have long since abandoned, simply because they make for better bread -- that's why we love them.
Hewn Bread is as natural as it gets! They work directly with local, mid-western grain farmers to help revitalize the grain economy and get the best flours for all their baked goods. They supply all of our pastries and multigrain bread. We admire their fully handmade processes and impeccable sourcing standards.
For our non-coffee drinkers, we also have topnotch teas! MEM Tea, based in Boston, MA, is the expert in sourcing, blending, and distributing high quality teas. They believe that the quality of their products is based on the effort put into making them. They put so much intention, care, and passion into their teas that we can't help but be proud to serve them!