Sustainable Table: Euphoria Chocolate

EUGENE, Ore. — On the day before Valentine’s Day, a lot of people are scrambling to get something for their special someone. Chocolate is always a popular choice, but how about some that’s local and handmade from the Euphoria Chocolate Company? “Valentine’s Day and the day before Valentine’s Day are our two busiest days of … Continue reading »

Local Dairy Makes International Mark

DEXTER, Ore. — The Willamette Valley has certainly made a name for itself in the wine world, but there’s another up-and-coming industry that’s winning international awards too: Cheese. At Fern’s Edge Dairy, goats are incredibly productive, friendly and curious. “I’ve had the goats since 1972,” said owner Shari Reyna. But it wasn’t until just a … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: PremRose Edibles

CRESWELL, Ore. — What’s your favorite kind of jam? You can get almost every kind of fruit or berry flavor, but why stop there? A local woman is putting a flowery twist on an old favorite. Tucked away in the hills outside of Creswell, Linda Shumate is putting the finishing touches on several jars of … Continue reading »

Sprout Indoor Market Open Year-Round

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Lane County Farmer’s Market is an amazing resource for anyone looking to buy local produce. During the winter it shuts down, but it’s not because local farmers aren’t growing crops. Under the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows at the old Springfield Church, farmers set up their booths and get ready … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: Local Egg Farms

  COBURG, Ore. — It’s feeding time at Brigg’s Egg Farm in Coburg. The farm has been in co-owner Elizabeth Lehman’s family for generations. “They did all this when my mom was a little girl,” Elizabeth said. A slowdown in business led her grandparents to convert the chicken coop into a cattle shed. “That’s what … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: Organic Hazelnuts

EUGENE, Ore. — The winter can be a challenging season for local farmers. Western Oregon’s constant rain is hard on crops. That’s why some farms are growing products that are good all year, like one farm that grows hazelnuts. “We’re in our fifth season of growing hazelnuts,” said Linda Perrine, Honor Earth Farm owner. Not … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Biodynamic Farming

NOTI, Ore. — It’s a soggy December day, but it will take more than rain to keep the staff from Winter Green Farm out of the fields. “Right now, we’re just harvesting the remnants of crops,” said Wali Via, Winter Green Farm Co-Owner. Crops like cabbage, Brussels sprouts–plants that can survive this far into the … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Red Wagon Creamery

EUGENE, Ore. — Blackberry black pepper cardamom, buttermilk brown sugar strawberry–they’re combinations you might not think about, especially for ice cream. But a local couple is mixing up some unique flavors, using local ingredients, for your sustainable table. “I’ve been a chef for 14 years and was tired of working for other people; I wanted … Continue reading »

Kurzhal Family Kickin’ Pickles

ELMIRA, Ore.– In the food industry many small businesses get their start with family recipes. That holds true for Kurzhal Family Kickin’ Pickles. Even though Kurzhal Family Kickin’ Pickles is less than two years old, co-owner Matt Kurzhal’s grandmother started it decades ago. “She started making pickles a long time ago. It was a German … Continue reading »

Cornbread Cafe Up for National Award

EUGENE, Ore. — A local restaurant is up for a national award for its all-vegan menu. peta2, PEAT’s youth division, says the Cornbread Cafe is a finalist in the category of best vegan local restaurant. It’s part of the Libby Awards–Libby, short for “animal liberation.” “It’s definitely an honor to be nominated for this and … Continue reading »

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