“Tequio” /ˈtekjo/ (https://forvo.com/word/tequio/#es_es) is the Zapotec peoples’ concept of community joining together to accomplish a common goal for the betterment of all. It is often seen, for example, in the local school systems, when buildings need repair or the water system needs upgrading. Everyone completes part of the work, regardless of skill level or age, because the future of the community depends on them.
Tequio Foods is born of the concept of the community’s effort to advance as a whole. The company’s mission is to import products to the United States East Coast in a manner that honestly and deeply supports independent, indigenous farmers that are keeping alive the Milpa and ancestral techniques that are the basis for strong Mexican agriculture and lifeways.
By working directly with farmers and cooperatives, Tequio Foods verifies and supports the growing practices of each individual farmer by meeting with them, building a relationship, and encouraging the development of the community as they most see fit. Likewise, Tequio Foods partners with US-based companies and chefs on the East Coast to bring unique, heritage products that elevate the diverse cuisines of Mexico in the United States with the ingredients from their roots.
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