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Farmer's Porch

Take your favorite homemade snack and turn it into a business – it's the dream, right? Patrick Smith of Farmer's Porch actually made it happen. And thank goodness he did, because now that we've tried his incredibly high quality pumpkin seeds, there's really no going back to store-bought bag variety. Need convincing? You won't enjoy lively flavors like Tumeric Lime and Ghost Pepper pumpkin seeds anywhere else. 

Patrick has a background in organic foods marketing, and he knew that to create a successful business in this industry, you need to tell the full story, and tell it well. He discovered that roughly 95% of the pumpkin seeds sold commercially in the U.S. are imported from China. After digging deeper, he connected with U.S. farmers who grew an Austrian variety of pumpkin seeds, the unique feature of which is that the seeds don't have shells or "hulls." This delivers a much more meaty, crunchy texture to the pumpkin seeds. It makes them far more fun to eat, and a wonderful way to add texture and crunch to soups, salads, charcuterie trays, or even a big pan of roasted fall veggies! 

We tend to think of pumpkin seeds as a snack, but this Boulder, Colorado based business is bringing serious nutrition to your casual noshing situation, too. These seeds are high quality, grown in the United States, and they're high in minerals like magnesium and zinc. Those opting for a vegan diet will find loads of the plant-based protein they need in these seeds. 

Yes, we just said you can snack your way to health. Have at it!