Patagonia has its own little-known line of prepared foods that can be eaten while camping or at home - and it's surprisingly delicious
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- Patagonia's lesser-known food line, Patagonia Provisions, is full of delicious, responsibly sourced food perfect for at-home cooking or the backcountry.
- Patagonia Provisions is a concerted effort to reshape our food chain using organic, regenerative farming practices, so the foods we consume are better for us, the people making it, and the environment.
- I tried some of Patagonia Provisions' food and, while the mission is great, the food is also surprisingly delicious, affordable, and only takes minutes to prepare.
- Right now, you can save 20% sitewide through February 25 when you use the promo code "EATWELL" at checkout.
Patagonia's lesser-known line, Patagonia Provisions, hosts the company's burgeoning food offerings - fish, meat, snack-friendly fruit bars, soups, chilis, savory grains and more - all made to be affordably priced, easy to buy and make at home or at a campsite, and the end result of a long, thoughtful approach to sustainable agriculture.
If "why food?" is the first question that came to mind, let me break it down.
Tom Waits once said "the way you do anything is the way you do everything," and Patagonia's "way" is a methodical, inventive reimagining of how things are in order to push the needle closer to how things should be. It's no surprise that the company that has been using recycled polyester from plastic soda bottles since 1993 - and donated the entirety of their Black Friday profits to environmental grassroots nonprofits - is looking to expand their scope of impact. And for that, they've turned their attention to agriculture.
Food is a precious thing - in a fundamental manner, it sustains us. It makes our outdoor adventures possible. And when we're in the outdoors, we remember where food comes from - the rivers, fields, and trees - rather than fluorescent-lit supermarkets and endless aisles of colorful boxes.
But modern technology, chemistry, and transportation have combined to remove us ever-further from where our food is coming from. This distance has created opportunities for irresponsible farming, and to the detriment of our environment and our public health, those opportunities have been exploited. We harvest salmon indiscriminately or farm them in open-water feedlots, jeopardizing wild salmon, oceanic food chains, and breeding parasites and illness. We overgraze prairies, pump livestock with antibiotics and steroids, and drain aquifers to water unsustainable crops. We rely heavily on chemicals to maximize production and preservation, and we're still unsure about the impact of genetically modified organisms. We use finite resources like fossil fuel and soil as if they are unlimited, and we ignore the agricultural industry's inseparable affect on climate change - which may later decimate said crops with droughts and floods.In other words, we farm the land like we will be the last people to use it - and, hoping that we are not, companies like Patagonia are seeking ways to repair the food chain. The end result is affordable and tasty food you can feel good about eating - without having to forgo the convenience of modern shopping or commit to subsisting off of whatever you can grow in the backyard.
I tried the Taste of Patagonia Provisions Box ($65) to get a sense of the food in real life, and it was all surprisingly delicious, low-maintenance, and relatively affordable - characteristics that are usually seen as deficits to organic or "clean" eating. The box includes Wild Sockeye Salmon, Wild Pink Salmon, Red Bean Chili, Organic Breakfast Grains, Fruit + Almond bars, Mussels, and Buffalo Jerky - and I enjoyed each one. I am a notoriously impatient cook, and the Patagonia Provisions food couldn't have been easier to make, or better-tasting despite the lack of necessary intervention. Its Savory Grains take as little as 10 minutes to cook in boiling water, and salmon is ready to eat upon opening. It's surprisingly just as great for at-home cooking as it would be for heading out on the trail - and its practices are transparent and eco-focused.
Patagonia Provisions' wild sockeye salmon comes from a community-based, in-river fishery on the Situk River, and wild pink salmon is caught in reef nets off Lummi Island - a practice that has come from years of research in partnership with prominent fish conservation organizations. The site has designated pools of information for those curious about its conservation and sourcing, including videos.
Patagonia Provisions FacebookIrresponsible salmon farming practices jeopardize wild salmon and oceanic food chains. Patagonia Provisions uses a practice developed with prominent fish conservation organizations to fulfill their mission to "do no unnecessary harm."
Buffalo Jerky ($10) is 100% grass-fed, free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free. Fruit bars (12 pack for $27) contain zero sweeteners, corn syrup, preservatives, MSG or GMO ingredients (and they're really tasty).
Patagonia even makes its own beer in conjunction with Hopworks Urban Brewery. It's called Long Root Ale, and it's the first ever made from Kernza, a long root, perennial grain grown using regenerative agriculture practices. In simpler terms, that means it ultimately restores soil biodiversity and nutrients, stores carbon, and doesn't require fertilizers or pesticides.
In the coming years, Patagonia will continue to offer more foods that address environmental issues and encourage support of local food producers - but the company already has a substantial range. Prices are low, the organic foods are tasty and responsibly made, and you can put a healthy meal together in minutes. And if you want to know more about the incentive, you can watch Patagonia Provisions' film "Unbroken Ground" for free online, explaining the critical role food will play in "the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis."If you're looking for a convenient, affordable way to eat better foods for you and the environment - and hopefully contribute to better agricultural practices at large - you should check out Patagonia Provisions. Taste, convenience, and price are not likely to disappoint, and the mission is worth throwing money behind. If you're looking for a good introduction, I recommend starting with the Taste of Patagonia Provisions Box ($65) - it runs the gamut, and you get free shipping on orders over $49.
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