12 years ago, Afke Zonderland had a pre-retirement itch to replace over-processed, over-shipped and nutritionally deficient crackers, cookies, and bread.
Afke saw a huge need to create products that preserve fresh local produce, provide consumers with nutrient-dense food and promote regenerative agriculture at the same time. But how?
She started by focusing on what crops are grown locally in our beautiful valley (carrots, kale, beets and greens to name a few). She added sprouted seeds, spices and finally flax to bind all that goodness together. Instead of baking, the mixture is dehydrated low and slow to retain nutrients and preserve without preservatives! Et Voila: Awesome Rawsome Crisps!
Through much trial and error, Afke found a way to turn local farm food into fast food without compromising on ingredients, taste, or nutritional density. Not only are Afke's Crisps delicious, but they are also gluten-free, vegan, raw & sprouted...BONUS!
Afke tested the market by selling a few bags of Crisps out the back of her car at the local farmer's market. They were a hit! 'Rawsome' Crisps can now be found in major retailers and Health Food stores across BC and Alberta. Our online store ships across Canada and the US. Afke never expected her retirement passion project could turn into a full-time flourishing family business!
Afke now runs Okanagan Rawsome with her daughter Anna. Afke hosts work shops, speaks at various events for the Shuswap Food Action Group and writes articles for the local papers educating people about health, wellness, and protecting our local food sources.
At Okanagan Rawsome, we believe:
You are what you eat
Eat what you grow
Grow your community!
Thank you for supporting our family business!
Afke & Anna
Publications & Awards
FEATURED IN OKANAGAN LIFE PROGRESS MAGAZINE
2019 edition (PG.12-14) - Read full magazine here
FEATURED IN POMME NATURAL MARKET: MEET THE MAKER
2019 TOP 5 FINALIST Small Business BC:
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD
FEATURED IN 2018 SMALL BUSINESS BC PROFILE
2018 TOP 5 FINALIST Small Business BC:
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
2018 MICRO BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, ENDERBY