The Source Report: Crispy Chickpeas

Read more about our latest product, Crispy Chickpeas, from guest post author, co-owner of 2Armadillos Snack Co. and medical doctor, Greg Katz.

Crispy Organic Chickpeas

In the modern age of industrialized food production and distribution, it can be impossible to know where your food really comes from. If you stop to read a label on some of the food that’s being sold in your supermarket, it can be quite a shock to see the additives and unrecognizable ingredients. This bread has high fructose corn syrup? What the heck is carrageenen and why is it in my Greek yogurt? It can be sad to see how corporate interests and marginal profits have disrupted the wholesome production of some of our favorite pantry staples.

Luckily, you have some friends out there doing things a bit differently. Hometown Harvest and 2Armadillos Snack Co recognize that making healthy choices is a lot easier when you have readily available options that are better tasting and better for you. We make crispy roasted chickpeas out of Union Kitchen in NoMa, Washington DC, using only organic chickpeas, high quality olive oil, salt, and seasonings. Union Kitchen is a commercial cooking facility and food incubator that facilitates small food companies making their entry into the business world.
2Armadillos has been at UK since our beginning, and having the opportunity to work alongside so many other food entrepreneurs committed to using high quality, well-sourced ingredients in handmade products has been an inspiration for us. The “community” aspect of housing our production inside of such a facility has helped us create relationships that have changed our business. When you work side by side with people who are committed to making a product that is socially conscious, high in quality, and delicious for customers, you can’t help but be inspired. The cooks and business owners at Union Kitchen never compromise on the quality of their products or use additives and unpronounceable ingredients to raise their margins at the expense of their customers. And it’s amazing to produce our snacks in such a vibrant environment; the buzz in the air at Union Kitchen makes us excited about our business every day!
Through our membership at Union Kitchen, we’ve formed close relationships with the owners of several other local small businesses. We are particularly close with Capital Kombucha, makers of the popular fermented tea drink and are exploring distribution partnerships to help customers enjoy the synergistic relationship of a refreshing probiotic (kombucha) with a tasty prebiotic (chickpeas) to nourish their bodies while delighting their palates.
We at 2Armadillos couldn’t be more excited about sharing our delicious and wholesome snacks with you and your family through Hometown Harvest! And we encourage you to check out all of Union Kitchen so you can learn about all of the amazing local businesses helping to feed hungry mouths all over the DC area!
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