Tessemae's Foundation In the News

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Tessemae’s, a local company known for their ingredient integrity and commitment to creating the best-tasting, natural, condiments and salad dressings, partnered with other organizations to put on a Crop Circle in Baltimore at New Hope Academy.

The goal?

Provide free produce to the community through a pop-up farmer’s market.

Tessemae’s partnered with a California-based company, Renaissance Food Group, which donated over 30,000 pounds of fresh food to be given away at no cost.

Since one out of four Baltimore City residents live in food deserts, without access to fresh fruit and vegetables, the Crop Circle was an opportunity to remove that barrier.

Volunteers arrived at 4 a.m. to set up the pop-up farmer’s market and would remain for nearly 12 hours, helping to distribute the food to local residents.

Dozens of companies, including radio stations and non-profits, provided samples, education, and information.

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BALTIMORE, November 20, 2015 – 

A recent food map created by The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future estimates that one in four Baltimore City residents currently live in food deserts—neighborhoods where access to healthy produce and quality grocery stores is extremely limited.

In an effort to combat this ongoing crisis, Baltimore-based condiment purveyor Tessemae’s is bringing its national pop-up farmers’ market initiative to its hometown this weekend.

On Saturday, November 21, Tessemae’s will host Crop Circles, a free produce drive complete with kid-friendly activities, cooking demonstrations, and live DJ entertainment, at New Hope Academy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore is looking to eliminate its food deserts by offering grocers a tempting tax break: 80 percent off what they would pay for their cash registers, freezers and other equipment.

Grocers name a number of barriers operating in the city, Equities News reports, including high property tax rates and the need for large tracts of land with thin profit margins.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor, Baltimore, MD“I anticipate this being helpful in bridging that gap and bringing investors to some of our struggling communities by making it a more feasible, more profitable experience for them,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, according to the report.

The tax breaks were passed unanimously by the city late last week, and are set to run for the next ten years.

As we previously reported, Renaissance Food Group and Tessemae’s Natural All Natural recently held a large Crop Circles event at a local Baltimore school, handing out more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community.

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WATSONVILLE, Calif.Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This year’s Tour de Fresh event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, continued the tradition of breaking records and reaching its goal to support salad bar donations through the Salad Bars to Schools program. Through a collaborative effort from riders, friends and family members, and the fresh produce industry leaders, more than 50 salad bars will be placed in schools around the country granting thousands of students access to fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

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ESSEX, Md.July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Vetter brothers, who are challenging the status-quo and changing the way people look at healthy eating with their line of fresh food products, are embarking on a new challenge – the three-day Tour de Fresh Cycling event.  Greg, Brian and Matt Vetter, the founders of Tessemae’s, are participating in the Tour de Fresh, a three day, 275 mile cycling event that brings together cyclists of all levels from the fresh produce industry to help raise money for the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The event begins on Tuesday, July 25, and takes the riders from Pismo Beach to Monterey.

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The founders of Tessemae’s salad dressings created ‘Crop Circles’ to address the issue of food desserts with 40,000 pounds of free produce. The brothers talk about their upcoming visit to Englewood. 


CHICAGOAug. 19, 2015 — Tessemae’s All Natural, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market® and Garden Highway will be hosting a major pop-up farmers market called “Crop Circles.”  Crop Circles will be serving free fresh produce to an estimated 2,500 local residents on Saturday, August 22nd, from10am-3pm at TEAM Englewood Academy.  Other partners include, The Gardeneers, Chicago Eco HouseGrowing Home, and Growing Power.  There will be activities, live entertainment, and most importantly, educational workshops.

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