Fall Market Updates

 

Outside temperatures are slowly retreating back into the chocolate-safe zone, and that means it's time for farmers' markets again. Here's where I'll be in Madison this fall:

Monroe Street Farmers' Market
dates: 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29

Hilldale Farmers Market
dates: TBA, please check here for current info

I've spent much of the summer developing new bars and perfecting old ones, so if you're in the area, please come out and taste the results!

 
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Photos from Origin

 

Cacao grows on rainforest trees that can only survive in a narrow tropical band, running about 20 degrees north and south of the equator. These trees that give us chocolate, and the people who grow them, live at a great distance from me, and probably from you as well.

That distance has made it very difficult for most of us to connect with and appreciate the producers at origin who deserve, but rarely receive, much of the credit for any great chocolate bar. To bring us a little closer to these origins and people, I've always devoted packaging space to telling a few words of the origin's story.

But I wanted to go a step further and show you these origins as well. So I asked all of my cacao suppliers to send me a photo. Without fail, they agreed to my requests and I'm now working on a project to incorporate these stunning photos into my packaging. In the meantime, you can preview a handful of the photos on my website, where they're featured on the pages for my GhanaDominican RepublicBelize, and Honduras sea salt bars.

May they bring you closer to the places and people behind your chocolate.

 
Cacao producers in Wampusirpi, Honduras. Courtesy of Cacao Direct.

Cacao producers in Wampusirpi, Honduras. Courtesy of Cacao Direct.

 

See you soon at the markets (or online)!

-Wm.


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