Locally Grown Directory from Willamette Farm & Food Coalition
If you live in Eugene and love to eat local foods, do yourself a favor and get one. It is a comprehensive guide of local farms, restaurants, wineries, and food purveyors. You can find them at the library, at the Farmer’s Market, or at their office at 1192 Lawrence Street. If you can’t make it to any of these places, they will mail you a copy when you ask nicely. Contact them via email or phone.
Not exactly comprehensive for Eugene, but a good online resource for finding farms, restaurants, farmstands when you are traveling outside the local area.
Like Local Harvest, it isn’t nearly as comprehensive for Eugene as the Locally Grown Directory. However, one really cool feature is the travel map - it allows you to put a start and end location and it loads all of the local restaurants, farmers markets, farmstands, etc. that are on your route.
An online marketplace of locally grown food. What a fabulous idea! I will be using this website over the winter when local foods are more difficult to come by. Read our post about Eugene Local Foods here.
Another online marketplace of regionally grown food and other natural products. It’s a good place to find bulk items like flour, beans, and rice. They use a somewhat complicated system of routes with designated drop points that can be a little frustrating to get started, but a good source after you navigate the start-up process.
Rather than recreate the same list you will find in the Locally Grown Directory, this is a list of items produced locally that aren’t in the directory. These items are typically found in Market of Choice, Kiva, Sundance, or Red Barn. If you know of other local goods not listed in the Locally Grown Directory, please enter a comment or send me a message with website information under the Contact Us page .
Brush Prairie Bogs - Sixes, OR. It requires a drive to the coast, but they sell their organic cranberries directly to consumers. Even though Oregon is one of the top cranberry growing states, it is difficult to find local cranberries. Read our post about Brush Prairie Bogs here.
Legumes & grains
Ayers Creek Farm - Gaston, OR. They don’t currently have a website, but you can read an interview with them on Culinate here. The only place to buy them is at the Hillsdale Farmers Market. They grow and sell a variety of Italian heirloom beans, corn for polenta and popcorn, durum wheat, and soft red wheat. They produce frikeh each summer from some of their durum wheat crop. Read our post about Ayers Creek Farm here.
Bluebird Grain Farms - Winthrop, WA. Not exactly local, but if you love farro like we do, it’s a lot more local than Italian farro. I have never seen it in a Eugene grocery store, but they do list First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op in Corvallis as a place to buy it, plus you can order online.
Oregon Jewel - package says McMinnville, OR but farmers are from Coburg, OR and Harrisburg, OR. They raise wild rice.
Stalford Seed Farms - Tangent, OR. Stalford in the edible grain and bean arm of American Grass Seed Producers. They raise red and white wheat, garbanzos, and pinto beans. They are currently in transition from conventional to organic. Read our post about Sunbow, Stalford Seed Farms, and the Southern Willamette Valley Bean & Grain Project here.
Sunbow Farm - Corvallis, OR. They sell a variety of beans and grains. Submit order inquiries via email. Read our post about Sunbow, Stalford Seed Farms, and the Southern Willamette Valley Bean & Grain Project here.
Pasta Plus - based in Eugene, OR. They make fresh pasta and pesto.
Prepared or packaged foods
Coconut Bliss - based in Eugene, OR. They make coconut based frozen desserts.
Julie’s Organic Ice Cream - based in Eugene, OR. They make ice cream & ice cream sandwiches.
Rising Sun Farms - based in Phoenix, OR. They make tortas, pestos, and drizzles. I have only seen the tortas in local grocery stores. Typically, you can find them near the cream cheese.
OTHER FOOD ORGANIZATIONS
Master Food Preservers - part of the Lane County Extension Office and affiliated with Oregon State University. They offer classes on food preservation and preparation, plus a hotline to answer your food safety and nutrition questions. Read our post about a class we took here.
Slow Food Eugene - local convivium of international organization dedicated to preserving the slow way of producing, preparing, and enjoying food.
COOKWARE, CANNING SUPPLIES, ETC.
Down to Earth - they have a pretty complete kitchen supply area, offering more rustic brands, like Lodge and Fiestaware dishes. They have a great selection of canning and preserving equipment, including water bath canners, pressure canners, juicers, food mills, food dehydrators, and canning jars. You can also get bail-top type bottles for liqueurs and vinegars here.
Pepperberries - a small, but well-stocked kitchen supply and cookware store in the Ferry Street Bridge neighborhood. The customer service is fantastic - they know their products well and can offer good advice and suggestions. They offer a full line-up of cooking classes.
PLANTS, FRUIT TREES, ETC.
Earth’s Rising Nursery - an organic fruit tree nursery. They carry a wide variety of apples (including heirlooms), pears, plums, cherries, and peaches suited for the Northwest. No website - contact them at 541-847-5950 for a catalog. Read our post about Earth’s Rising Nursery here.