From breads, to spices, to sauces, to sweets, and so much more… small-batch artisan products can be such a joy to seek out and explore. Discovering up-and-coming artisan foods and food makers is almost like being let in on the culinary world’s best-kept secrets. Small-batch artisan items are also more sustainable, of higher quality, showcase generations of knowledge, and support local communities better than purchasing mass-produced items from big box stores. It is a true joy to seek them out, taste them, and connect with the people who made them.
Small-batch is sustainable
Small-batch artisan items are produced on a small scale, resulting in limited quantities available in each batch. They are typically handmade by real people with true attention to detail and craftsmanship. Compared to mass-produced items, small batch is both sustainable and eco-friendly. Mass production requires large equipment, assembly lines, and large amounts of raw materials (including large amounts of electricity and water). In contrast, an artisan small batch maker has a much smaller footprint; they rely on traditional skills and techniques and only order or utilize the materials they need for each batch.
Small-batch is made with quality and authenticity
Artisans genuinely take pride in and are passionate about what they do and create. Their foods are crafted with a discerning palette in mind, utilizing high-quality materials and ingredients.
Small-batch benefits local communities
When you purchase from an individual or small business, the money they receive is more likely to be spent in their local community. Keeping money in local communities helps all the people and businesses in that area flourish.
Small-batch showcases generations of knowledge
These makers represent generations of knowledge and skill that they continue with love and commitment. Supporting small-batch artisans helps keep the skills and traditions of their craft alive.
In the last few years, small-batch artisan foods have become increasingly popular again. People are tired of big box stores, inauthentic products, and flavorless food items. Today’s artisan culture forms an extraordinary blend of past and future with tradition and innovation. If you don’t already, get out there and explore your local artisan food items. You won’t regret it!
What are your favorite small-batch items? What small-batch items are the most popular where you live? Let us know in the comments!