Hatch Incubator Program at Sprout!

SPRINGFIELD, Ore — Sprout! in Springfield. It’s more than a farmers market. In the Sprout! commercial kitchen, entrepreneurs are cooking up opportunity. Kitchen space has been available for almost two years both hourly and monthly. Clients use the kitchen to prepare food or package it for retail sales, but a new program takes it a … Continue reading »

Local Produce Sold in Bulk

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Community members will have a chance to buy big quantities of locally grown food this weekend at the annual Stuff Your Pantry event. It’s a chance for people to meet farmers and buy big amounts of flour, squash or carrots. There will also be experts on hand, teaching people how to store … Continue reading »

Learning How to Ferment

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Oregon’s summer and fall harvests are worth waiting for; but by learning a few tricks, eating local can be an all year occurrence. The kitchen at Sprout! is up and running after years of planning. “Things are going great. We have our first users in the space, Mcgean’s Cookies. They’re making gourmet … 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 »