by Elizabeth (Beth) Naylor, M.S., R.D.
Health Professions Division
Lane Community College
Eugene, OR
541-463-5533



A Photo Directory of our
LOCAL FOOD
page 1 (of 3)
updated February, 2011

This first page
 includes reasons for buying local and
photos of our local foods that are divided into a number of groups:

1. Retail Stores and Online ordering & a food-buying cooperative and a club

2.
Farm Stands


3.
U-pick



The second page includes 

4.
Farmers' Markets, including:
- Downtown Eugene
- Springfield Museum parking lot
- South Eugene
- Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene in December

5.
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)

6.
Home Delivery



The third page includes information about:

7. Growing Your Own
8. Local Food Products
9. Restaurants
10. Free Food


Before the photos begin, take a look at this 4-minute YouTube Video that describes the extraordinary efforts of area farmers here to rebuild the local food system.

The talented videographer is free-lance journalist Erik Silverberg, who attended and filmed Bean & Grain Project meetings and events for two years.



Why Local Food?

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition explains benefits of choosing local foods, including:
  1. Locally grown food tastes better.
  2. Local produce is better for you.
  3. Local food preserves genetic diversity.
  4. Local food is GMO-free.
  5. Local food supports local farm families.
  6. Local food builds community.
  7. Local food preserves open space.
  8. Local food keeps your taxes in check.
  9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
  10. Local food is about the future.
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They also offer a free annual booklet called "Locally Grown Guide", available at many cafes and grocery stores.

The 2012 "Locally Grown Guide" has information on
75 farms
29 CSA programs
18 farmers' markets
6 processors
23 restaurants
16 merchants
3 breweries
15 wineries
22 granges.
 
New this year ...
Beginner's Guide to Sourcing Local
Defining local
Brands to look for in the grocery store
Where to find beans, grains and freshly milled flours
About local brews and Oregon grown hops
Grape growers are farmers too

The
"Locally Grown Guide" is also available in on-line in a searchable format at Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.

WFFC has a number of projects, including one called "Local Food For All".  That project is" exploring ways to increase access to locally grown food in low-income neighborhoods and to increase availability of subsidized CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] shares and Farmers’ Market Dollars for families in need".



Another
WFFC project is the Farm to School Program which is committed to providing the children of Lane County with access to local, affordable, nutritious, delicious, and culturally appropriate food.



In April 2010, as part of a two-month-long mission to gather information for a national
initiative called “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Team visited Eugene and Bethel school districts’ food service programs.  Both districts were among the 15 districts in the country selected for site visits from an applicant pool of nearly 300.



The Ten Rivers Food Web was formed by consumers and farmers who want to see more of the food grown in their Corvallis-area foodshed (roughly Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties) processed and consumed there.  Their website includes a search button for local farms as well as essays about local food issues.



Another way to find farms, stores, restaurants and other outlets in our area as well as all over in the US and Canada is to check out the Eat Well Guide.



Still another way is an organization called Local Harvest.



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This beautiful Oregon Grown Fresh Produce Calendar is available for $5.00 from Oregon Department of Agriculture, while supplies last.



Occasionally, assumptions we make about a food don't prove to be true.  A student who makes every attempt to buy organically-grown foods brought in to class this label of something he'd bought at Costco.

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Notice the scene featured on the front,

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as well as the name of the distributor.

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Now notice where the spinach actually was grown, at least I think that's what "Product of" must mean.  Think of the fuel that was used to get it here!

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I took a look at this can of crab in our pantry that I assumed came from off the Oregon or Washington coast.

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So far, so good.  It was distributed by a Seattle company.

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I was chagrined to find where it was actually a "Product of".  I really like Indonesia and spent a wonderful 2 months there, but we could certainly get crab closer to home.

"A measured approach: Count the miles from the source of your food to your table", by Jessica MacMurray Blaine, The Register-Guard, August 22, 2007.  
This article says that "In this country, average food-mile estimates range from 1,500 to 2,000 miles. In the United Kingdom, it's even higher, in the 1,500- to 3,000-mile range."

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Notice where this basil was grown.  It was delicious and so reassuring to know that it was grown organically.  But it's too bad so much petroleum had to be used getting it here.  Especially considering that basil grows well here.



The following photos of our local foods are divided into a number of groups:
  1. Retail Stores
  2. Farm Stands
  3. U-pick
  4. Farmers' Markets, including:
    - Downtown Eugene (Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)
    - South Eugene (28th and Oak, Saturdays)
    - Springfield Museum parking lot (Thursdays)
    - Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene in December
  5. CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
  6. Home Delivery
  7. Growing Your Own (including Containers, Community Garden Plots and Home Gardens)
  8. Local Food Products
  9. Restaurants
  10. "Free" Food and Edible Nature (blackberries, etc.)


1. Retail Stores
At this point in time grocery stores don't have a very large selection of locally-grown foods, although perhaps they would provide more local options if consumers requested it.

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This ad didn't mention where the foods were grown,

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while this one did,
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as did this one.  This ad as well as the strawberry ad were in July, which was after our local strawberry season and during our cherry season.

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Here's what the cherry section of the Oregon Grown Fresh Produce Calendar mentioned above looks like.
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July is also blueberry season as you can see in the poster above.  The blueberries below I found in grocery stores in both Boise and La Grande while on a summer vacation.  They come from a farm in Sheridan, which is near Portland.


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As mentioned before, ways to find stores in our area selling local foods are the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition's booklet called "Locally Grown" or the Eat Well Guide.

Market of Choice is a family-owned grocery store chain whose first market opened in Cottage Grove in 1979, under a different name.



"Local growers explore sales in new market", by Sherri Buri McDonald, The Register-Guard, September 4, 2007
photo courtesy  of the
Bray Family
The above is a family-owned grocery store, Bray's Grocery, in Eugene in 1936.  The building still stands at 343 High St.

photo courtesy  of the
Bray Family
photo courtesy  of the
Bray Family
The man on the left is Henry Standley in about 1910, father-in-law of the owner of Bray's Grocery.  The wagon sold popcorn and peanuts.  Corn was grown then in this area but I don't know where he peanuts came from.

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Newman's Fish Market
started in Eugene in 1890.  In addition to local fish it has a selection of groceries that accompany a fish meal, such as pasta.


John Newman began by selling fish from the back of a horse-drawn wagon.  This photo was taken at their store on Willamette St.

For fishmonger, hard work pays off in fins:
Newman’s Fish company owner Dwight Collins relies on the work ethic he learned as a child,
By Tina Orem, for The Register-Guard, June 18, 2009.
The article says that John Henry Newman was 13-years-old when he founded the business so he could fish full-time in Alaska.  The current owner, Dwight Collins, has worked in the business since 1974.




Although also not a full selection grocery store, Long's Meat and Deli does have other choices, such as eggs and sauces.  It began in Eugene in 1927 when Ernest "Butch" Long opened shop on Charnelton Street.  Employee Dick Wooley (shown in the photo above), who began his career for Long's in 1959, eventually took over the business, purchasing it in 1976.


 
Mike Wooley, shown above, is the current owner of  Long's.

On the day I visited, he and his dad were behind the counter cutting meat. 
Long's also had eggs from Laughing Stock Farm, who raise pasture-run hens, as well as free-range pigs & lamb. "We strive for sustainable production methods, purchasing feed grains locally, paying growers enough so they can make a profit."





A much newer
(2002) business, Plaza Latina Supermarket is thriving by appealing to Lane County's rapidly growing Latino population.  Owner Sam Recinos, whose wife is Lebanese, estimates that about 60 percent of his customers are non-Hispanic, with about 10 percent being of Middle Eastern origin.
Plaza Latina market gaining new customers: Owner Sam Recinos appreciates Eugene, where the people “like to try new things”, By Tina Orem, for The Register-Guard, June 18, 2009.

Plaza Latina offers a number of wonderful locally-grown foods and also some that are not local
ly-grown.  Two questions to consider asking yourself when considering a purchase are:
  1. Is a non-local food on the store shelf also grown locally?
  2. If not grown locally, is there a substitute acceptable to you?
A food I saw on a produce shelf a day I was there was yucca, which I had never seen, but I knew it to be a staple food of much of the world, including Latin America, Africa and Asia. (This yucca (pronounced you kah) is a different plant than the large ornamental evergreen that grows here, although their roots are similar.)





What this says is "Once the outer bark is removed, a linen-white meat is revealed.  Very dense in texture, the Yucca is very starchy.  Use in soups and stews to absorb moisture or as a thickener in desserts.  It can be fried as fritters, baked or boiled.  Use as you would potatoes.  "Good source of iron".

Click here if you'd like a recipe for Yucca Stew, a family favorite of the student who sent it to me.



Above is what people in Latin America know as a yucca plant.  It's also spelled yuca and called cassava or manioc.  The starch from these roots is what tapioca is made from.

In general, the crop requires a warm humid climate.
Above is what many of us know here as a yucca plant.



Online Ordering:



Eugene Local Foods is an online marketplace that gathers together locally grown and produced food.
One of our students named Vanessa said this, "I think the prices are great for the quality and amounts. You register online (free-easy), then they send newsletters to let you know about arrivals or any other info. They stop receiving orders on Monday. Pick up is Tuesday between 3-7. I pay credit/debit online when I order."



This is Vanessa's order being filled.








And this is Vanessa's daughter, Gatlin.



Before we leave this category, I'd like to mention Growers Market, an all-volunteer weekly food-buying cooperative.

Food is distributed at the warehouse (located in Eugene on what would be 4th St. just off Willamette) on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  



If you go to the statue below at the Eugene train station (by local ceramic artist Betsy Wolfston) and turn around, you'll see Growers Market.



The inside of
Growers Market is mostly unchanged since it began in 1971.  Joni, a coordinator who showed me around, said that in 30 years of operation, they've never had a paid employee!  Julia, the student who told me about Growers' Market, said it's a "treat for those that like to reduce packaging and get good food for as cheap as possible."



Their selections on the day I visited included some unusual vegetables, like the celeriac below:



There are also some more conventional choices, like these beautiful plums.


and also some bulk selections.





If you'd like more information, here is their website:
http://growersmarket.net



Our neighbors have coordinated a food buying club, with pickup happening on their porch.



Click here for more information about their club.





2. Farm Stands
(a second way to find local foods)

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This is a farm stand as part of a project of FOOD for Lane County (our food bank, whose mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by creating access to food).

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Here is more information about the farm:
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Youth Farm prices, July 2007.

Click on the above image or the next two if you'd like to a larger versions.
Here are some other choices for Farm Stands, as of July 2007.  The Eugene Register-Guard has an advertisement in Wednesday's and Saturday's papers featuring a variety of farm stand (and ¨U-pick) opportunities.






King Estate is a vineyard and winery southwest of Eugene that grows and used to sell at the estate organic produce.  King Estate's website says:
"The beautiful estate of 1,033 acres is certified organic and includes 465 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The Estate is crowned by the charming, European-style winery, where the winemaking process is also certified organic."

Bria, an LCC student, said in the fall of 2008, "I went to a wine tasting at King Estates a few weeks ago and found out that they no longer have their farmers' market.  They said they didn't have enough shoppers so now they just donate all of their organic produce to Food For Lane County."

Other Farm Stands with websites:
Hentze Family Farm
Detering Orchards





3. U-Pick
Picking your own produce is another way to get locally-grown food.

Click here for a directory Lane County pick-your-own farms, some of them offering organically-grown produce.

U-pick Growing Seasons
Apples: July to November
Blackberries (wild): August
Blueberries: July to August
Cherries: Mid-June to July
Peaches: August to September
Pears: August to October
Raspberries: Late June to July with everbearing in the Fall
Strawberries: June
Tomatoes: July to September


Emily is a Master Gardener who was visiting from Baltimore, Maryland.  This is either at Thistledown Farm or Lone Pine Farm.

 



Here's my office-mate and fellow nutrition instructor, Tamberly Powell, u-picking peaches with her daughter, Kennedy, at Bush's U-Pick near Fern Ridge Lake on Territorial Road.  She said they were great!


This is my grand-nephew, Owen.

Maybe this is why his bucket is so empty....


Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers, USDA News Release, MEMPHIS, Jan. 15, 2013.


The next page shows various Farmers' Markets as well
information about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and Home Delivery Services.

Click here for the next page.