The Sustainable Table: Eating Local

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s never been easier to eat locally in Lane County, whether growing food, supporting area farmers directly or eating out. The most bountiful time of the year for local produce is coming up. It’s the time when all the plants that were sprouting in greenhouses a few weeks ago thrive, bloom and … Continue reading »

SPROUT Holds Stalkholder Fundraiser

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield’s SPROUT facility is turning to the public for support. The regional food hub on Fifth and A streets is holding its second annual Stalkholder Fundraiser event on April 20. While it is their biggest benefit, organizers say it’s also really one of the best opportunities to get people involved in the … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Mountain Rose Herbs

EUGENE, Ore. — Over the past decade, one local business has grown from five employees working out of a Pleasant Hill home to about 130 in a huge west Eugene production facility. As it grew, it maintained its goal of zero waste. Walk into Mountain Rose Herbs‘ west Eugene production facility and it’s a sensory … Continue reading »

Predator-Friendly Farming

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s a challenge every farmer faces–how to keep livestock safe from predators. A West Eugene farm took a “Eugene” approach that the owner hopes others will consider. “We have seen skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, cougars, hawks and owls,” said Sharon Blick, owner of Living Earth Farm. Those are just the predators the … Continue reading »

Winter CSAs Offer Varied Crops

CRESWELL, Ore. — Winter in western Oregon. It’s not exactly the time people think of as being bountiful for local crops; but in the past few years, the number of farms producing in the colder months has grown. “I think people are usually amazed to see a greenhouse like this in February,” Erica Trappe, Sweetwater … 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 »

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