Sonoma County residents are lucky to live in an agricultural heaven, where locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats and even seafood are easily at our fingertips. There’s no shortage of locally made products around, and these Latino entrepreneurs are making some of the area’s best.
Founded in 1977 by Jose and Mary Tamayo, La Tortilla factory has become a beloved Sonoma County staple. The company is known for its organic, gluten-free tortillas that come in a variety of flavors, including traditional corn and flour, low carb and wheat free tortillas. Perfect for your next Taco Tuesday! La Tortilla Factory is located at 3300 Westwind Blvd. in Santa Rosa. 800-446-1516.
Deb Rock has always loved hot sauce, so she decided to make her own. The local entrepreneur has been perfecting her hot sauce since 1993. Now she even cross-breeds her own chile peppers, which she calls the “Sonoma chile”, to make her spicy concoction. Sonoma Hot Sauce can be purchased on her website or found at Big John’s in Healdsburg, Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa and Oliver’s Market throughout Sonoma County. 707-596-0810.
You might be surprised to learn that Guayaki Yerba Mate was co-founded by a Latino. Alex Pryor, of Argentina, first introduced yerba mate to a friend in college, planting the seed for Guayaki. The company has grown from local to national distribution but has called Sebastopol home for several years. The brand is known for its fizzy flavors like cranberry pomegranate and ginger sage, as well as traditional flavors. Guayaki products can be purchased online or found in markets and stores throughout the nation. 6782 Sebastopol Ave in Sebastopol. 888-482-9254.
Have you ever tried a margarita rimmed with grasshopper salt? All you need is Don Ruco’s rimming salts. The brand, which makes artisanal salts for cooking and cocktails, is located in Windsor. They specialize in making unique sea salts using Oaxacan ingredients such as grasshoppers, agave worms and moles. Their line includes flavors such as chapulines, gusano, mole, jamaica and Oaxacan. The salts can be purchased at Tu Mole Madre, located at 8465 Old Redwood Hwy., suite 510 in Windsor. 707-335-4282.
It doesn’t get more local than Sabor Mexicano chips and salsa. The ingredients that the owner, Jorge Saldana, uses for his products come directly from his 130-acre farm in Guerneville. From the crisp corn, juicy tomatoes, and fragrant cilantro, everything used in his products is GMO, pesticide, and chemical-free. With two thriving restaurants in the Bay Area, Saldana began to receive requests from customers for his homemade chips and salsa. Products can be purchased through the company’s website and also are available at various grocery stores throughout the Bay Area, including Oliver’s Market, Whole Foods, Safeway and Raley’s.
The Diaz Brothers are a recognized name in Sonoma County, with restaurants El Gallo Negro, Agave and El Farolito. The brothers found so much success in hospitality that they decided to venture into retail with Mole Diaz Bros. The authentic mole, which is created in Healdsburg, follows a secret recipe and offers a rich, flavorful mole made with fresh ingredients that also are vegan and gluten-free. The mole also is additive and preservative-free. Mole Diaz Bros can be purchased directly through their website and at their restaurant locations. Casa Del Mole is located at 434 Center St. in Healdsburg. 707-433-4138.
As a senior at El Molino High School, Anamaría Morales began making homemade cheesecakes and selling them to save money for college, creating the College Confectionista. The popularity of Morales’ baked goods skyrocketed after an appearance on Good Morning America. She releases a monthly menu that features four seasonal flavors and makes her cakes using organic, seasonal and local ingredients. Her cheesecakes are 9-inches and serve around 10-12 people, with a cost of $40 each. Orders can be made by contacting Morales directly through her Facebook page or by texting 707-495-5324.
With Picazo Cafe establishing itself as a successful local restaurant, the Chavez family has decided to enter the land of roasters with the launch of Don Chava coffee. The brand is made in partnership with Peerless Coffee and is served at their cafe in Sonoma. Coffee beans can also be purchased in 1-pound bags at their cafe location. Picazo Cafe is located at 19100 Arnold Drive in Sonoma. 707-931-4377.Click here for reuse options!
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