5 Foodie Faves that Work with Farmers

August 3, 2016

Food gives sustenance and comfort. Yummy food gives an extra lift.

Partake of these food products or eat in these food outlets and you also help uplift the lives of Filipino farmers. These food manufacturers and eat shops buy directly from farmers, bypassing middlemen thus increasing farmers’ incomes and improving their lives.

Theo & Philo

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Theo & Philo offers a variety of flavors: There’s milk chocolate with Barako coffee, dark chocolate with dried green mangoes, milk chocolate with pili nuts and pinipig, and their exquisite 70% dark chocolate with a bit of cherries and tannic! Do you like ’em hot? Then you should try Theo & Philo’s famous siling labuyo chocolate. Bingeing on Theo & Philo means more earnings for Davao cacao bean farmers. Click to check them out.


Bayani Brew

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Photo source: Bayani Brew Twitter

The best tea around not only because of its refreshing flavor, but also because it chooses to work with the farmers of Barangay Camachile in Doña Remedios Trinidad. Brewed from Bulacan farm yields such as tanglad, calamansi, talbos ng kamote, malunggay and dalanghita, Bayani Brew offers healthy and sparkling tea that can instantly rejuvenate you. We also strongly recommend a visit to the GK Enchanted farm where you can meet the farmer families who give us the crops for each delicious bottle. Click!



Fast food has never been this good to Filipino farmers. The country’s largest food chain sources its onions and bell peppers from thousands of farmers in Nueva Ecija, Bukidnon, and Nueva Vizcaya. The Jollibee Farmers Entrepreneurship Program has also encouraged farmers to come together and form cooperatives, thus achieving scale and raising their incomes. Other food brands can follow this model and include Filipino farmers in their supply chains.


Bo’s Coffee

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Photo Source: Bo’s coffee website

Sagada, Benguet, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Matutum, and Mt. Apo. The beautiful Philippine highlands also provide the richest coffee flavors from beans grown by Filipino farmers. Bo’s Coffee is also the perfect place for a nightcap or nostalgic conversations with friends. Click and find out where you can get a hot cup of Bo’s Coffee to make you smile from ear to ear.


Papa Diddi’s Ice Cream Company

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Photo Source: Papa Didi’s FB page

If you haven’t tried this yet, then you’re not happy enough. You can reach the next level of happiness with a few scoops of Papa Diddi’s black rice ice cream. Their all-natural desserts are also grateful to the farmers of Mountain Province, Nueva Ecija, and Laguna for their stunning flavors. These include handcrafted ice cream that taste of tarragon, basil, peanut butter, or cheese. Please go to 168 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City to get a scoop or two or more.

We are now working hard to pass the Sagip Saka bill which will require government to buy food products directly from our farmers, as these companies already do.

Eat of or from this list and help feed Filipino farmers and their families.