Known & Grown St. Louis

You may have heard of Known & Grown STL, the new organization promoting good farming and stewardship practices in our regional food system. This is the brainchild of our friends at Missouri Coalition for the Environment and the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, and we are thrilled to see how well the word is getting out! You can help grow this--learn how here.

Click the image below to check out the Known & Grown website. Learn all about the program, who is involved and how to get more farmers and restaurants on board. Help spread the good food word!

Tip: How to prepare bamboo shoots

Don't Be Bamboozled! Bamboo shoots are a fun fresh spring vegetable with a very short season, so don't miss the chance add a new and exciting ingredient to your culinary repertoire! Limited availability--check the store.Read more


Del Carmen has been a vendor for Fair Shares since 2009. We have developed a quality relationship based on trust. Our communications have been seamless. In addition, Fair Shares and its members have been great marketers for our products.  As a (very) small business, we are unable to advertise or market our products, so we have to rely on word of mouth.  Many of our customers are, were, or know Fair Shares members who have recommended our products.

Del Carmen has also benefitted from valuable ideas for use of existing products and suggestions in product development from the Fair Shares community.  I go to them for feedback, knowing I will get good, reliable and useful information.

We thank you, Fair Shares, for your support and commitment to del Carmen. We wish you much continued success.  After all, your success also helps the success of del Carmen and other local vendors and farmers.

Estie Cruz-Curoe, del Carmen Beans, St. Louis, MO