Campfire Coffee + Bread is an engine for local agricultural economies. We believe that both ends of the food chain -- farmers and consumers both -- deserve to be supported and encouraged to participate in the production of food. To that end we seek out farmers who work well with the land, using minimally intensive practices, and growing varieties of produce with names and histories that are fascinating and occassionally ridiculous (I mean, Cosmonaught Volkov Tomatoes? RUSSIAN SPACE TOMATOES?!). On the other end, we're not only looking to use methods that preserve the flavors and characters of this produce, but also provide our community with the skills and education to do the same. We believe strongly that everyone has the capacity to do amazing things in the kitchen, and we want to not only showcase what is possible, but help others in their journey to do the same.
Stephen Wade is a 10-year hospitality veteran, having worked back and front of house for fine dining restaurants, wholesale and front-end work for coffee roasters, as well as working for farmers markets and food policy consultancies. This panopoly of experiences has given him a systemic view of agriculture and food systems, and a desire to see these systems work for growers, eaters and the environment itself.