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 »

The Sustainable Table: Caffe Pacori

EUGENE, Ore. — Pop in a local restaurant that boasts local ingredients and chances are at least one of its drinks is also local. Caffe Pacori is showing up in more eateries and coffee stands. We took a trip out to the company’s west Eugene roasting facility, where the bags come from all over the … Continue reading »

Sustainable Table: Locally Raised Meat

HALSEY, Ore. — When Andy Walton bought his property near Halsey in 1977, it produced one crop: grass seed. Walton says he very quickly figured out that wasn’t the business for him, so he started to add more life to his property — literally. “We produce milk, meat, eggs, pork, lamb beef — lots of … 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 »

The Sustainable Table: How to Start

EUGENE, Ore. — For a second year, the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition published “Locally Grown,” a one-stop resource for all things eating local. You can look up farms, restaurants, vineyards and wineries and merchants. It also offers a “Beginner’s Guide to Sourcing Local.” Step One: shop at a farmer’s market. “Of course we recommend … Continue reading »

The Sustainable Table: Eating Local

DORENA, Ore. — Ruby and Amber’s Organic Oasis, a small-scale farm just beyond Dorena Reservoir, sustains itself. The grain and hay grown here feed the horses, chickens, cattle and pigs. Those animals produce the fertilizer that helps the farm’s tomatoes flourish, onions develop and apples ripen. “We have essentially a closed-loop farm. We farm with … Continue reading »