Less than a year out of the gate, the community at the Redd on Salmon Street is robust and thriving. Every day brings growth and change to this humming production and distribution hub. Here’s the latest from our corner of the regional food economy.
With us since day one, tenants B-Line and SoupCycle have embraced some exciting new developments in their time at the Redd. Respectively, these bicycle-powered businesses move seven to eight thousand pounds of Organically Grown Company produce per month since their moves to Redd West. In addition, B-Line has begun to service large institutional buyers, using the cold-storage space to stash enough product to quickly fulfill future orders. Utilizing the warehousing space, SoupCycle has expanded their options to include pantry staples like nut butters, coffee, and their very own homemade dressing as order add-ons for their customers.
“The Redd is a great template in motion on a mission. It not only offers working space but a wonderful and badly needed infrastructure of community. I feel safe and part of a bigger mission when I walk through the door.” — Betsy Langton from Betsy’s Best Bar None
In the same vein, other cornerstone Redd businesses are upping their collaborations: Wilder Land and Sea and B-Line have helped Redd-affiliated company Cattail Creek Lamb take a full truck off the road in 2017 while growing their business at the same time. Cattail now operates one sole refrigerated vehicle, with B-Line and Wilder managing the remaining deliveries in the Portland metro area.
New kids on the block
Redd West is excited to welcome three new partners! These food businesses are working in collaboration with B-Line and Wilder Land and Sea for their storage and distribution needs, bringing unique new flavors and value-aligned practices to the Redd community:
American Soul Brothers founders Omar and Kevin spent Sunday evening family cookouts doused in mouth-watering, stick-to-your-face sauces. They spread the soul and share the love by using family recipes to re-create these affordable, healthy, gourmet sauces for all to enjoy.
Introduced to the Redd through Ecotrust’s fisheries program, Tre-Fin Albacore has joined the Redd to store and distribute their same-day, line-caught albacore tuna. Their product comes straight from a co-op of day boats in Ilwaco, WA, including Tre-Fin’s own F/V Oppor-tuna-ty. Their mission is to change the way that seafood is provided and to build consumer trust in the food they purchase and eat.
With a mission to end child hunger by preserving food that would otherwise go to waste, Apples to Applesauce creates delicious, healthy snacks in the New Foods Market kitchen. Founder and owner Katrina works with volunteers to harvest excess produce from commercial farms, preserve and store them at the Redd, then donates the kid-friendly food directly to after school programs and other non-profits. From pickles to granola to beet-sweetened muffins to juice popsicles, Apples to Applesauce nourishes communities while reducing food waste.
Join the club!
Buy clubs are an easy way for busy, value-driven eaters to multitask: supporting local and responsible producers while enjoying food they feel good about eating! Like CSA shares from local farms, buy clubs provide opportunities for consumers to purchase shares of local producers’ healthy and delicious products for pickup or delivery. Several Redd West community members offer buy club options. They include: Eat Fancy Plants, Carman Ranch, Illiamna Fish Company, New Foods Market, Tre-Fin Foods, and Marion Acres. Check out their websites for convenient, easy ways to support Redd tenants and their growing businesses.