The mission is simple at AZ Food Crafters: “to provide the best, freshest clean food possible with an emphasis on locally sourced, in season ingredients mixed with the love and passion needed to create unique eats and tasty treats.” Based in Chandler, Arizona, a short drive from Sun Orchard’s Tempe plant, the guys at AZ Food Crafters were thrilled to find a supplier partner with a similar mission in their own backyard.
“We decided that we wanted to not only feature the best possible product, but we wanted to work with a company that is locally-based,” says AZ Food Crafters co-founder Eddie Castillo. ”Sun Orchard was an easy choice to make.”
AZ Food Crafters is becoming an easy choice to make at local Farmer’s Markets in the Phoenix area, and their specialty item – baked hand pies – is what makes their company so irresistible. Hand crafted with a flaky, butter pastry crust, their baked hand pies include varieties like “Green Chile Mac and Cheese”, “Veggie Greek”, “Fiesta Chicken”, and the “Sausage Egg & Cheddar Breakfast Hand Pie”. AZ Food Crafters even makes sweet, dessert hand pies like “Strawberry Lemonade” and “Dark Chocolate Orange”, which is stuffed inside with orange-infused chocolate ganache made from Sun Orchard Orange Juice.
“We are local food crafters with a focus on locally-sourced, responsibly raised and sustainable ingredients that are the best and freshest available,” says Eddie. “We inspire to create delicious, wholesome food with the care and love needed for it to be the best.”
Consider it done. In addition to their baked hand pies, AZ Food Crafters offers fresh-made, whole grain pasta salads and frozen made-from-scratch soups at their shop in Chandler, and they also provide catering options for a variety of occasions. Sun Orchard’s Orange Juice is often used in salad dressings and as a healthy beverage option. AZ Food Crafters is also looking to bring in Sun Orchard’s All-Natural Lemonade to add to their lunch menu, and they’re planning to launch a home meal service as well as a new toaster pastry in September.
When asked what inspires them to handcraft such delicious food, Eddie says, “we love what we do and the response from our customers is the greatest reward”. For AZ Food Crafters, there should be lots of reward to come.