There are lots of names used to describe the individuals that make specialty food products.  Artisan, producer, vendor, just to name a few.  We like the term “crafter.”  We think it captures the essence of the people that make the products you find here.  

They are all dedicated to their discipline, no matter the cost, in ways that no large corporate company could ever match.  They have the goal of making a living from their labors, but their drive comes from something else.  In some cases, it is artistic expression.  In others, it is a response to what is seen as an ethical obligation.  In still others, it is religious.

The common thread is that these crafters have goals that are bigger than simply making delicious food.  That is why their stories are so fascinating and their products so enjoyable to eat.