The Cap Times recently spoke with Kristina Stanley (Red Cliff Lake Superior Chippewa), owner of a bakery that focuses on vegetarian and vegan goods in Madison, Wisconsin, asking her if she had any unique business ideas for 2018.Tell me if you like her idea!
Traditional Native American foods are very meat and game heavy, but that would not be my menu at Abasso Market Deli. I would like to have a deli case with vegan cheeses, vegan meat alternatives, seed-based, nut-based products and plant-based foods. It would be very like a traditional deli with grab-and-go soups, salads, sandwiches and an expanded selection of baked goods from my current business, Brown Rice and Honey.
I’m trying to share a rich tribal history through food. I want to celebrate indigenous values, prioritize balance and reciprocity with the earth and promote healthy eating through nutrient-dense plant-based foods like wild rice, mesquite, cholla (cactus) buds and ash.
I'd totally like to check this out, and it's not too far away from where I live. I will have to keep an eye on this and see if it comes to fruition!
If you're in the Madison area, make sure you check out her current place of business, Brown Rice and Honey.
PHOTO BY MICHELLE STOCKER