The 2012 Locally Grown Guide is here!

We at the Eugene Chapter are grateful to the Willamette Valley Food and Farm Coalition for creating this wonderful resource.  If they didn’t do it, we would have to make something similar, but we wouldn’t do as nice a job of it!

Find information on …
75 farms
29 CSA programs
18 farmers’ markets
6 processors
23 restaurants
16 merchants
3 breweries
15 wineries
22 granges
New this year …
Beginner’s Guide to Sourcing Local
Defining local
Brands to look for in the grocery store
Where to find beans, grains and freshly milled flours
About local brews and Oregon grown hops
Grape growers are farmers too

Creamy Cow Cooperative Dairy Tour at Deck Family Farm

This just came to us from the Deck Family Farm:

Bring your family, tour the farm, meet your cows and visit the dairy at this open house on Saturday, February 18th.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the Herd-share program and to get to know the cow-tenders.  There is still space to own your very own cow starting with the Spring Herd-share.

We encourage car-pooling!  Please try and fill your cars with interested neighbors, friends, or family members if you are coming to this event.

Saturday, February 18th:
3:00pm – 3:45pm Tour of Farm

Visit Pigs, Laying hens, beef herd, vegetable garden, and talk about pastures with John.  There are 320 acres of creeks, pastures, forest, and wetlands.
3:45pm – 4:30pm Tour of Dairy
Visit the dairy and watch evening milking with Stacy and Mike

4:30pm – 5:00pm Questions on Herdshare Program (Christine) or Continue farm visit (Individually)

Ask questions about the herdshare program with Christine, sign up, turn in forms, buy eggs or meat while you’re here.  You may also choose to go on a walk with your family to see more of the farm.

 

Deck Family Farm
541.998.4697
deckfamilyfarm.com
Pasture Raised~Sustainable~Organic

Camas Country Mill Open House – Update

My son and I attended the open house at Camas Country Mill. We made it there for the last tour of the evening on the final day. It was very interesting.  One of the owners of Camas Country Mill gave us some background on the business, how they got into it, and what they went through to start up the mill.  Then he turned on the machine and they quickly bagged a couple hundred pounds of whole wheat flour while we watched.

They had prepared samples made from many of their grains and beans. I don’t think they know about the importance of proper preparation of grains and beans yet, but local and freshly ground is a great start!

We sampled “Faro Big Boost Salad”, “Three Lentil & Squash Curry Soup with Sausage”, “Sue’s Soup with Turkey Sausage”, and others.  My son’s favorite was of course the , “Teff Brownies”, Gluten-free “Chocolate Chip Cookies”, and the apple cider.  My favorite was actually a simple Teff Cereal topped with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.

I’ll have to try making some of these recipes by soaking the grains first using the techniques outlined in Nourishing Traditions.

I don’t know all of the places you can buy these locally grown products, but I know they are selling at the Creswell Farmer’s Market.  I think they are also available at the Eugene Farmer’s Market, probably Hummingbird Wholesale, and maybe some of the local natural food stores.  If you know where these products are available please let us know in the comments below.

One of the owners I spoke to said that their stock of flour and grains rotates in about a month.  That is pretty good for flour available in stores.  For comparison another well-known brand we bought for the Healthy Grains class in October had an expiration date of TWO YEARS in the future!

The delicate oils in grains quickly become rancid after grinding.  That is why we at the Weston A. Price Foundation recommend grinding your own flour, or buying the freshest flour possible, and then following careful preparation techniques.

For more information on the Weston A. Price website about soaking grains and beans see:

Grain Mill – Special Offer

This comes to us from local Eugene Chapter member and Nutritional Therapist, Cherie Anello. Cherie is setting up to become a distributor of these grain mills. This special price is on her first order only.

The members of our local chapter have an opportunity to purchase a home grain grinder for a great price. The Wonder Mill Grain Grinders are top of the line, home mills perfect for having nutrient rich grains available for your family. They come in two models. The electric model is a self-cleaning, quiet dynamo which will grind 8 1/2 cups of dry grain or beans per hopper. It never heats the grains above 118 degrees so you can be sure the nutrients are not compromised. The hand grind model will do wet or dry grains at 8 1/2 cups per minute, which is perfect for those that want to sprout grains before use. it also will do nut butters with ease. It has a double mount bracket that keeps it solid to any standard kitchen surface for secure and easy use.

  • Electric Model $200.00 (Regularly $259.00) Shipping $35.00
  • Hand Mill Model $175.00 (Regularly $219.95) Shipping $35.00

This discounted offer is limited to the first three people that call in an order. More details available at www.cherieanello.com or call 541-870-0646.

Cherie Anello, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

(Please do not call the Eugene Chapter for details. Thanks!)

January 11th & 25th: Camas Country Mill Open House

This comes to us from the Willamette Food & Farm Coalition:

Camas Country Mill Open House

Two dates!
Wednesday, January 11, 2 to 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2 to 6:30pm

The opening of Camas Country Mill in 2011 was one of the most exciting food system developments in Lane County. We have farmers growing grains and now we have a mill. Three years ago we were dreaming of this reality.

Many of you have expressed interest in touring the mill. Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, the Hunton family, and the staff at Camas Country will host two open house/mill tours in January.

Come and see the mill in action, the variety of products now available, sample some good eats and take home a few recipes. They will also have flours, dry beans, lentils and breakfast cereals for sale.

RSVP to isabelle@lanefood.org, or call (541) 341-1216

Camas Country Mill is at 90785 Link Rd.

Directions:
Take NW Expressway to Aubrey Lane, turn left, go over tracks, and turn left again on Link.

WFFC | 741 Lincoln Street | Eugene, OR 97401

It's time to Fill Your Pantry!

This comes to us from the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition:

Upcoming Farm Direct Community Bulk Buying Events
Consumers in Linn and Lane Counties … don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on locally grown whole grains, fresh ground flours, dry beans, legumes, and storage crops (garlic, onions, roots and winter squash). Mark your calendars today. We will send product lists and pre-order information soon.

Linn County Fill Your Pantry (Shedd):
Saturday, November 12, 2011
2 to 6pm
At the former Methodist Church, 30090 Hwy 99E (approx 5 miles south of Tangent)

Sponsored by: Willamette Seed & Grain and Ten Rivers Food Web

Product list and pre-order information will be posted soon on Ten Rivers Food Web site.
Contact at Stalford Seed Farm office: Michelle Layman, orders@greenwillowgrains.com, (541) 926-4611

Lane County Fill Your Pantry (Eugene):
Sunday, November 13, 2011
noon to 4pm
The new Viva Building, 150 Shelton McMurphey Blvd.

Sponsored by: Willamette Farm & Food Coalition and Hummingbird Wholesale

Product list and pre-order information will be available from Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
(541) 341-1216, info@lanefood.org

Special Farmer's Market Discount for WAPFers

As a special offer to Eugene Chapter, WAPF people, John and Lynn of Sweetwater Farm are offering a 10% discount during the month of September.  Just identify yourself as a WAPFer!

Visit the Sweetwater market booth at one of two locations:

Fairmont area Farmer’s Market:
19th and Agate in Eugene (across from Prince Pucklers)
Sundays 10am to 2pm

Creswell Farmer’s Market:
2nd and D st in Creswell (Heidi Tunnell’s)
Tuesdays 4pm to 6pm

The Sweetwater booth is a brown trailer with prop up sides.  Tell them you read about it in the Eugene Chapter, WAPF Newsletter!

Fill Your Pantry

This comes to us from the wonderful people at the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition:

Farm Direct Community Bulk Buying Event

Saturday, April 30, 2011       noon – 4pm

Hummingbird Wholesale Annex, corner of 3rd & Lincoln
This is your chance to stock up on locally grown whole grains, fresh ground flours, and dry beans and legumes. Pre-order large or small quantities (5 to 50 lbs), bring your own buckets, or buy pre-packaged items on site. Credit, debit and SNAP cards accepted.

Products available: hard red, hard white and soft white wheat berries and flours, teff and teff flour, rye berries and flour, buckwheat and flour, cracked wheat, oat groats, garbanzo beans, green lentils, black beans PLUS Lane Community College Culinary Arts Program will be preparing several savory and delicious dishes with these ingredients for you to sample. Recipes will be provided. Come and partake in a locally grown adventure that you can pursue with gusto in your own kitchen!
Click here to see price sheet and pre-order information.

Pastured Poultry

Note: This information was sent to us by local member, Julia Serra.

Last year the Eugene Chapter WAPF worked with a farmer in Creswell to raise soy free pastured poultry for some local members.  Each person committed to buying a certain amount of broilers.  We figured out each persons cost of feed and also paid the farmer a fee per bird for raising and butchering.  We are interested in doing this again.  I am inquiring with a couple of people who have acreage about setting up some tractors and using their land.  We would need to pay for their time, the feed, and cost of each bird again.  This will make it at least $9. extra per bird outside of feed costs.  I also would like to use a non hybridized breed or at least not Cornish X because they gain so rapidly, etc.  I would prefer to not raise birds that may be suffering.  I am looking into Freedom Rangers, a hybrid, but they don’t appear to suffer like the Cornish X and also the usual heritage meat birds.  This would be the most costly route as we would need to pay for the feed, the processing and raising.

The other option would be to raise some birds in our own backyards, everyone feeds them as they want to, and we rent equipment – scalder, plucker, cone set up, etc. and share the rental cost = processing party.  If there are people in the group who are willing and have knowledge to do the processing please speak up because there are many of us interested in raising the birds but are not ready to jump into the butchering yet nor do we even have experience to do so.  I would like to organize a group of people that can raise broilers for theirselves, maybe some have room to raise for others, people that are willing to do the processing, etc.  If you are at all interested in participating in this email me.  This would be the chepaest way to raise our own pastured poultry.  I realize many people have small backyards but if true pastured poultry or organic from the store is out of your budget then this is the next best option.  Raising them semi contained in your backyard on mostly feed vs. acreages of fresh forage is still better than factory farmed chicken.

Thanks!

Julia Serra

March 14th: Support Eugene Urban Goats

Note: This was sent to us by one of our local Eugene Chapter members, Julia Serra.

Please support Eugene Urban Goats:

We are a group of folks who want to legally have goats on average-sized city
lots in Eugene — just like we could if we lived in Seattle or Portland. We
request that the city of Eugene change, or freeze enforcement of, the ordinance
that requires 20,000 square feet of space to own a goat.

We need you to support us at the Eugene City Council meeting on March 14th.

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This is a link to the City of Eugene’s “Food Security Resource Plan”: http://tinyurl.com/4pf9ksv

Mary Wood – Professor of Law at U of O (land rights use) and advocate for micro farming in the city has wrote what is called “The White Papers” it begins on page 29.  I encourage anyone interested in Micro Farming in the city to read it.  The City is already perking up their ears in anticipation of possibly allowing this to become the standard….. but a few yrs from now. We are trying to rally support, petitions, etc. to get them to declare a moratorium/freeze enforcement on the current policy/ban until they fully develop and implement their Food Security Plan, which will make it all legal in practice and on paper in a FEW YEARS when the budget allows for cost of changing the existing laws.  Instead of having to wait a until then we are seeking a moratorium on the existing law much like they recently did with hens in the city.

This is an awesome opportunity for those of us in the city who want to produce our own raw milk, pastured food, etc. Whether you personally want to micro farm or not if you live in the greater Eugene area and think it would be great for those of us who want to be allowed to we would love to have your support at the planning meetings, at City Council meetings, or by writing your District Rep.  A letter writing campaign would be awesome! Let them know you think it is a great idea and would have no problems with your neighbors being allowed to have mini goats, basically letters encouraging them to vote in our favor.  Letters from people who do not personally want goats but don’t care will be especially helpful!

Here is a link so you can contact the Rep. of your district/ward:
http://www.eugene-or.gov/portal/server.pt?space=CommunityPage&control=SetCommunity&CommunityID=267&PageID=0

If you can’t attend meetings but want to help Eugene Urban Goats we can email you a petition to print and you can collect signatures for us from your neighbors, friends, family.

Email Eugene Urban Goats : eugeneurbangoats@gmail.com

Also check us out on Facebook. “Like” us and share the page with your Facebook friends to help spread the word and gain support for self sufficiency in the city:

Eugene Urban Goats
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002061859722&sk=wall

Thank you for your time!
Julia Serra, on behalf of Eugene Urban Goats