From zucchini to beets, Salt & Straw’s Farmers Market flavors are full of fresh, local veggies from Portland area farms
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 31, 2018) – This August, Salt & Straw Ice Cream partners with local Portland farms to put the spotlight on their unique ethos and practices, imagining a farm tour through our region without leaving the ice cream shop. The family-run ice cream company known for its taste-provoking flavors dedicates an entire month a year to the fruits and vegetables that give us a true taste of place, grown locally by young first-generation farmers to folks working the same land as their great-great-grandparents to new immigrants bringing innovative growing methods and new ingredients to our communities. Head ice cream maker Tyler Malek has cultivated deep and genuine relationships with these farmers over the years, and is honored to share their stories and support some of our favorite farming friends.
This August’s Farmers Market series flavors will include:
Carrot Cake Batter & Pralined Hazelnuts
Carrot cake is the best cake! We shred and roast fresh, sweet carrots from Gathering Together Farm into a creamy spiced ice cream with a hint of molasses, then mix in crunchy, candied hazelnuts and a swirl of cheesecake frosting (the star of any good carrot cake). We love that Gathering Together grows 50 different types of organic vegetables of over 300 different varieties, and shares our passion for building community through food.
Freckled Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Who knew zucchini and chocolate were secretly best friends? We pair their matching mellow sweetness by stirring generous chunks of fresh-baked zucchini bread into a chocolate-speckled ice cream. Our zucchini comes from the farm at Foodwaves, a nonprofit started up by three former Peace Corps volunteers to cultivate food justice and access to healthy food.
Green Fennel & Maple
Experience the bright, beautiful, and complex flavor of fennel in all its glory! We make the most of the whole plant—pollen, seeds, stalk, and all—to bring out as much robust, ethereal fennel flavor as possible. Caramelized and blended with round and grounding Morse Farms’ Vermont maple syrup, the farm-fresh fennel from Sauvie Island Growers reaches its apex. This is our fifth year working with the farmers of Sauvie Island Growers, and we’re so excited to be able to support their work with the Sauvie Island Center, teaching young folks about food and farming.
Beet Red Velvet Cake (v)
Deep maroon and super yummy, this ice cream is beets at their best. We stir big chunks of homemade super-dark (and gluten-free) chocolate cake into a delicate chocolate and beet coconut ice cream, then swirl in ribbons of vegan vanilla cheesecake. Our beets come from Zenger Farm, which focuses on educating urban youth about the importance of farming, food, and environmental stewardship—plus their beets can’t be beat!
Amaro Candied Herb Seeds
You’ve never tasted fresh herbs like this! We infuse sweet cream ice cream with local amaro from Townsend’s Distillery and sprinkle in clusters of candied fresh coriander and lovage seeds from our friend Stacey Givens of the Side Yard Farm in Northeast Portland. We love her root-to-flower approach to using every bit of what she grows!
The Farmers Market Series will be available in scoop shops locally beginning on Friday, August 3 through Thursday, August 30. All Portland flavors are available for local delivery via Postmates and national shipping by visiting, http://saltandstraw.com/shop/
About Salt & Straw
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, ice cream company known for their taste provoking, imaginative ice cream creations. The company was founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek in 2011, and presently has four scoop shops in the Portland area, and Wiz Bang Bar, a soft serve dessert bar inside Pine Street Market. Every ice cream flavor is handmade in small five to ten gallon batches in local kitchens using only all natural cream from nearby farms and the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Classic flavors are joined by seasonal flavor menus that rotate every four weeks and vary from city to city. Their ice cream is available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s strong community roots and dedication to giving back drives everything they do, from collaborating with artisans and farmers, to hiring from within their community to actively supporting local schools and raising awareness for issues like childhood hunger, and equal rights.