Zaw Purveyor Feature
Our pizza is never just pizza, but it certainly wouldn’t be so exceptional without the veggies! We searched high and low for the best purveyor we could find to source the produce for our pizza toppings, and we found our match with Alvarez Organic Farms.
We love that the farm has a serious dedication to quality, organic produce – and they have maintained that dedication for more than 20 years! “Being certified organic for over 20 years, sustainable agriculture is one thing that the Alvarez Family has embedded into their farming tradition. Biodiversity is something common in organic agriculture, but at Alvarez Organic Farms we heavily promote it. By specializing in over 200 varieties of peppers and 300 different varieties of vegetables, we built our own level.”
We get a lot of veggies from Alvarez Organic Farms for topping both our classic year-round recipes as well as seasonal ‘zaw. The list includes peppers, sweet Walla Walla onions, corn, black beans, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, potatoes, and asparagus. They are all organic and the best of quality, to compose a truly magnificent ‘zaw!
Alvarez Organic Farms are located in Mabton, Washington, which is in the Lower Yakima Valley. They have about 80 acres of farmland, and every foot of it is certified organic. They source their water from the Yakima River via Sunnyside Valley Irrigation, but they also have a state-of-the-art irrigation system to reduce their impact during times of water shortage like we’re seeing year over year in the Pacific Northwest these days.
Organic, quality, sustainability – these are all part of what makes the farm’s produce so exceptional. And that stuff is really important to the team at Zaw, their community involvement is also a part of our decision to source from them. We think it’s really cool that not only does Alvarez have a commitment to quality, they are also a family owned and operated business. It’s been that way since the company started in 1981. Another great thing about Alvarez Organic Farms is their close relationship with the food banks within the farm’s farmers market community – they donate most of the fresh produce left over at the end of market day to local food banks! How awesome is that?