SQUASH BLOSSOM'S MISSION is to provide a dependable income stream for local farmers,
bring healthier food to our community, and strengthen our local economy.
Squash Blossom is a social enterprise. We work to protect and preserve traditional, low-impact farming methods,
and prioritize above all else, fairness for every entity in the farmer ➟ eater value chain.
The name Squash Blossom came to us because the sweet cheerful flowers are one of chefs’ favorite local crops to feature on their menus when in season, but must be delivered and prepared within three hours of harvest! No other food distribution company has this capacity. We are happy to provide the freshest, highest-quality, specialty local products that everyone loves. Not only are we the only distribution company able to sell the delicate squash blossoms, we also see our business as the squash blossom compared to the industrialized food movement. We are small, fragile, only local, and the quality we stand for is beyond comparison.
MEET OUR STAFF
Nina founded Squash Blossom after years of working in food and farming both in her home state of New Mexico, and around the globe. Her experience in small-scale agriculture ranges from growing, to distribution, managing and vending at farmers' markets, and many years of program management in the non-profit sector. Nina's passion is to make small-scale, family farming viable for generations to come. She sees the work of Squash Blossom as a way to protect the earth, preserve culture and diversity, strengthen the local economy, and imbue health for all eaters. Her favorite vegetable to grow and eat is spicy Nambé Chile. Saving the seed every year, roasting the fresh green chile in August, and then stringing the red chile into ristras to dry and enjoy all winter, is a deeply satisfying process, and one that is rooted in generations of tradition in the small valley where she lives and farms.
Gaia is a baker, chef, and all around food creative. "Food is one of the biggest joys of my life. It nurtures and strengthens me and has taken me on so many adventures. It’s an honor to be apart of the Squash Blossom team - a company that fosters community and shines a bright light on New Mexican grown produce." Gaia's favorite vegetable to grow is potatoes. "I grew up cultivating potatoes on the Faroe Islands, and to this day it’s my favorite thing to grow. For me digging up potatoes is like digging up gold coins!"
Cecilia is a young farmer committed to food and the people who eat it. Her background in community building, education and urban growing in Chicago laid the foundation to return to her birthplace of New Mexico to further her work of land stewardship and food justice. Her favorite vegetable to grow is garlic. "The magic of planting a single clove in the fall, allowing it to rest over the winter, bursting through the soil in the spring, and harvesting in the summer will never get old."
AWARD WINNING COMPANY
- Local Hero for Innovation & Food Justice, Edible New Mexico, 2022
- City of Santa Fe's Small Business of the Year, 2018
- Small Business Administration's New Mexico Home-Based Business of the Year, 2018
- City of Santa Fe's Mayoral Award for Sustainability and Food Security, 2016
Thank you to Genevieve Russell of Story Portrait Media for the beautiful photos taken at our local farms for our website