Small Farm on Whidbey Island Livens Up Your Kitchen with Healthier Sauces, Beans And Chips

The sauce doesn't disappoint! Washington State made peri peri sauce brings new flavor to food.

 Peri Peri Sauce from Lesedi Farm in Treatmo

Peri Peri Sauce from Lesedi Farm in Treatmo

When you want a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet, peri peri sauce has your back. A traditional sauce from the southern region of Africa, peri peri has grown in popularity around the world. Far from Africa, on an an island in the Puget Sound, a food maker has been selling out of her Peri Peri sauce weekend after weekend at local farmers markets on the Island and in Seattle.

Lesedi Farms sells a recipe of peri peri sauce the founder, Dorcus Young, grew up with as a child in Botswana many years before moving to the U.S. This viscous bright red sauce is made from small red chilis and combines pineapple and passion fruit juices, garlic, ginger, lime and sweet bell peppers.

The sauce goes well with almost any food from chicken to shrimp to vegetables and and can also be used as a marinade and dipping sauce for egg rolls and dumplings. Peri peri refers to the pepper traditionally used in the sauce. Piri Piri in another spelling for this chili which adds a bright and flavorful dimension to food.

From her small farm on Whidbey Island Dorcas grows a variety of vegetables and grains, including some from her native Botswana like jungo beans, lekgomane squash, sorghum and black-eyed peas. Her line of delicious fresh sauces includes pumpkin seed, amaranth and mango (when in season). She also make samosas, kale chips, curries and other take away items available for purchase at spring and summer farmers markets.

 Owner of Lesedi Farm and son working at the food stand at Tilth.

Owner of Lesedi Farm and son working at the food stand at Tilth.

Dorcas developed an interest in crafting better for you sauces and freshly prepared food when she recognized the power of diet on health in her own family. She then wanted to extend those benefits to more people. 

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Her organic food and sauces are free artificial flavors and preservatives. Ingredients are carefully sourced and fresh from her own farm on Whidbey whenever possible. The food made by Lesedi Farms makes food delicious with simple, nutrient rich ingredients.  

 Leased Farm, Whidbey Island, Washington State

Leased Farm, Whidbey Island, Washington State

Dorcus' warm and enthusiastic personality and love for community can be seen in the passion she puts in the food she makes. She always has a smile and is willing to help answer questions about how to make food with her sauces and farm grown vegetables. 

Peri peri sauce is not available in most grocery stores, but Lesedi Farm's sauces, kale chips, samosa's and beans are available in a tap on Treatmo for shipping and where available, local pick up.

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