Shopping for locally grown food in the Pacific Northwest seems like second-nature for those lucky enough to call it home. Even though the pandemic has changed all aspects of daily living, the desire to support local businesses and access local, sustainable food remains high. If we’ve learned anything in 2020 it’s that sometimes it’s best to slow down and take in the surroundings, food options included. Fresh products might be just around the corner. Read on to discover a few businesses where local matters.
Bringing local home.
Now that most of us are staying home more often, there’s an increased interest in getting creative in the kitchen. More establishments are rising to meet the growing demand for local sourcing. For example, Eugene’s Marché Restaurant Group believes in the importance of focusing on the community, the food system, collective health practices, and the environment. They are the creative force behind five eateries around town, which include Provisions Market Hall, an urban food hall, Marché, Le Bar, Marché Museum Cafe, and Provisions South, their newest neighborhood café. They will also soon open their latest cafe, Magpie Coffeeshop, in the expanded 5th Street Public Market adjacent to the new Gordon Hotel.
Notably, both Provisions locations are stocked with a dizzying array of fresh and packaged products also used by the restaurant chefs, giving home cooks plenty of inspiration. Hungry customers can choose from a daily menu of made-to-order items, grab-n-go pastries and order-ahead dinner boxes.
If you’re looking for a market to pick up a thing or two for dinner, check out Lane County Farmers Market where growers like Groundwork Organics, Lonesome Whistle and Mountain View Farm are set up each week. Discover the joy of having conversations with vendors and create a heartfelt connection to your meals.
Local farms at crux of sustainability.
For decades, Oregonians have embraced the importance of locally grown food and a growing number of farms are meet the growing consumer demand. Deck Family Farms, located in Junction City, OR. is just such a farm. For over 15 years, the Deck Family has raised animals for consumption in natural pastured ways, assuring customers are getting the best meat possible.
With food and public health safety of increasing concern, the Deck’s offer services with customer safety in mind. Home deliveries and pickup orders are available, as well as self-guided and socially distanced guided tours of the farm. The quality of their meat was rewarded with a growing customer base so the business expanded to Portland farmers markets, natural grocery stores in Eugene, and as far away as Astoria Co-op. They currently offer pastured chicken, pigs, beef and lamb.
Trufflebert Farm is one Oregon’s top producers of locally grown organic hazelnuts. The team focuses on providing top customer service and farming the highest quality hazelnuts at a competitive cost. In the heart of Eugene, Willamette Farm and Food Coalition believes in a secure, sustainable environment where locals will always have access to locally grown and sustainably raised foods. The coalition of Lane County producers provides the resources locals need to access farm-fresh foods.
Shops and stores have adapted safety protocols to provide a safe experience. For example, online farmer’s markets have emerged to allow the purchase of local food online with delivery and curbside pick-up options. South Valley Farmers Market in Cottage Grove, for instance, has embraced e-commerce so customers can now shop virtually and get contactless delivery.
Making the decision to buy locally grown food helps keep the economy circulating in the community and promotes a healthy lifestyle to be savored, whether from the market or from the online takeout menu.