You don’t have to spend much time here to realize what Eugeneans value: organic food, local products and craft beer. Yes, we have the typical grocery stores that you can find anywhere. But those places are unlikely to offer real local flavor like local markets in Eugene.
There’s no better way to get to know a place than by eating its local food. Eugene is home to its fair share of food markets and farm stands. These three bricks ‘n’ mortar markets and one seasonal pop-up market make it easy and convenient to buy local food. Here are our 4 favorite markets in Eugene.
Though the atmosphere of these local businesses varies, they are all convenient to get to. At these local markets in Eugene, you get easy access to unique foods that are made right here in Eugene or elsewhere in Oregon and that you won’t find in the big box grocery store.
In late 2015, Eugene’s Marche Provisions expanded into Provisions Market Hall, a 10,000-square-foot space with a butcher shop, cheese case, pizza kitchen, locally roasted coffee, fishmonger and year-round farmers market. “All of our produce is exclusively from Oregon, either bought directly from a farmer or from wild mushroom hunter,” says Sam Rollins, the store’s co-general manager. Long’s Meat Market provides all meats and Newman’s Fish Market provides fish.
The bakery prepares breads and pastries each day. Prepared sandwiches and a salad bar make Provisions a good place to stop for a bite or to take home fresh, local ingredients for the night’s dinner. Beer, cider and wine from breweries and wineries across the region can be sipped on site or taken home. Easily find Oregon wines in their own large section.
Local food originators Springfield Creamery makes the ice cream base, which Provisions enhances with seasonal local flavors, such as strawberry or locally produced olive oil. Many of their pantry items, such as dry beans and pasta and baking flours, are made entirely of items grown in the Willamette Valley. A cocktail nook holds beautiful glassware along with locally made bitters and shrubs. Provisions is also the place to go for that hostess gift or specialty food item you can’t find anywhere else. In addition to beautiful food, Provisions offers cookbooks and kitchenwares.
Find Provisions Market Hall in the Fifth Street Public Market at Fifth Ave. and Pearl Street.
Locally owned and operated since 1970, The Kiva is one of Eugene’s original health food stores. The Kiva offers the best prices on local and organic produce in town. “A lot of stores put an extra premium on local products and we don’t,” says manager Melissa Brown. “We work with over 270 people in the community directly, vendors, distributors and bakers.”
The Kiva local honey, breads and locally produced goods. The nearby “jarrery,” Sweet Creek Foods, packs enchilada sauces, salsas and pickles into jars rather than cans. A large deli case offers a grand selection of cheese from around the world as well as Oregon.
Any startup local food business is likely to find shelf space at the Kiva. “We really cherish locally made foods and being part of the community,” says Brown. “It’s really fun watching fledgling business getting their start on our shelves.”
Find The Kiva in downtown Eugene across from the LTD bus station and next to the Eugene Public Library.
At Capella you can complete a full grocery store run and leave with nothing but local and organic food and household items. “We have 9 million different things that are local,” jokes Capella’s Reisa Maddex.
Capella gets most of their produce from Organically Grown Company, which delivers organic food from around the Northwest in a biodiesel-fueled fleet. “We are always working with local food producers,” says Maddex. “We do a tremendous amount of business with Glory Bee and Hummingbird Wholesale, who both source the things they carry locally.”
Capella Market is a continuation of the market formerly known as Oasis, which opened in 1986. Many of Oasis’s employees are still there, including talented butchers and bakers. Capella makes shopping local easy. Stickers in produce and the general grocery department indicate food from Lane County or within 100 miles of Eugene. The stickers help you find frozen local berries to local pickles. As with the Kiva, Capella is willing to give shelf space to anyone with a good business idea for local food.
Find Capella Market on 25th Ave. and Willamette Street.
Eugene’s Holiday Market
Come December, many of our small, artisan food producers come together indoors in one place, the Holiday Market. Open weekends leading up to Christmas, the food hall is alongside the artisan craft market, which is filled with the booths that are normally at Saturday Market in fairer weather. If handmade kaleidoscopes or tie-dyes t-shirts are not your type of gift, perhaps local honey, handmade pies or caramels would be. And, you can usually buy your products directly from the people who made them.
Like Pisces Tuna, albacore tuna and salmon line-caught by Daryl and Sally Bogardus from Coos Bay and canned in a micro-cannery. Get it smoked, plain or flavored with garlic and jalapeno. Try Susanna Liberty’s gourmet flavored vinegars and oils. Or Bridget McBride’s Earth and Sea Salts, culinary sea salt blends and bath salts. Or Jon Dougherty‘s Bad Little Caramels. With flavors such as chocolate salt and lemon lavender, these are delicious and unusual. Local honey and beeswax candles or roasted and seasoned hazelnuts would satisfy anyone on your gift list.
Find Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds near downtown Eugene.