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 »

Growing Fish and Produce Together

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon is home to the largest aquaponics farm in the country. The Farming Fish started with a lot of conversations. The farm’s three partners spent years researching their idea. “It’s the marriage of aquaculture–raising fish for food with hydroponics–which is raising produce or plants in water; so when you combine those two, … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: Saving Seeds

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — You might think the process of getting your garden started began months ago when you put those first plants in the ground. Master gardeners, though, say the key to a great harvest begins now. They want you to gather seeds from the plants in your garden — vegetables or flowers. It’s … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: How to Can

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — “It’s not really brain surgery,” said Laura Hinrichs, a master food preserver with the OSU Extension Service, when describing canning. “If you read carefully and have the equipment, you can do it.” In her east Springfield home, nestled along an offshoot of the McKenzie River, Hinrichs provides a step-by-step tutorial of the … Continue reading »

Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 1

EUGENE, Ore. — When Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki walk into the Corner Market, sometimes they know what they’re after, sometimes they don’t. “A lot of times on Mondays we might not know what our menu is and we’ll come here and see what she has,” explains Kosmicki, one of the owners of Party Cart. … Continue reading »

Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 2

EUGENE, Ore. — Stephanie Pearl Kimmel just celebrated a major milestone in her career: her 40th year as a chef. She’s spent 14 of those years as owner and chef of Marche, a restaurant that touts itself as “celebrating life and the bountiful Pacific Northwest with locally grown and gathered food.” “Most people have no … Continue reading »

Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 3

DEXTER, Ore. — Early on a late-summer morning, a thin layer of fog hangs over the rows of corn, tomatoes and squash that line Maurizio Paparo’s five-acre farm in Dexter. The haze masks the brilliant colors of the produce, the reds of the tomatoes, the greens of the peppers. “We have happy chickens and a … Continue reading »

Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 4

EUGENE, Ore. — When Katherine Lavine and her husband decided to start the Holy Cow Cafe back in 1990, they had a clear mission in mind: they wanted to make delicious, locally sourced, organic meals. “We were considered to be quite crazy and not very realistic in what we were trying to do, so it … Continue reading »

Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 5

EUGENE, Ore. — When asked how she came up with the idea of Vanilla Jill’s, Megan Stevens’ answer is direct and honest: “We love to eat and we love to cook.┬áIf anything, it was just a craving. It was something I wanted to eat and wasn’t available in the city.” She and her husband Tim … Continue reading »

Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 6

EUGENE, Ore. — Step into Cornbread Cafe and it’s like a blast from the past. Not only does the building date back to the 1940s, but it’s decorated with space age Jetsons flare. Just as she did with the building, the cafe’s owner Sheree Walters is taking an old idea — an all-vegan menu — … Continue reading »

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