It’s been a great year of eating and supporting our local producers. Let’s celebrate!
We will hear stories from Slow Food Eugene’s delegates, Lynne Fessenden and Jackie Varriano, to the Slow Food International conference–Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.
The 10th annual Oregon Truffle Festival is Better Together in every way with a full schedule of events in Portland and Yamhill County wine country January 15, 16, 17 & 18, plus the popular Eugene weekend
January 23, 24 & 25, 2015. Find more information here.
Are you committed to food for all that is “good, clean, and fair?” Other organizations advocate for good OR clean OR fair food policies. Only Slow Food emphasizes the interconnectedness of all three. Please consider joining with other like-minded people all over the nation and the world, by becoming a MEMBER of Slow Food USA.
Click here to join now
Our local Slow Food chapter sponsors events throughout the year that connect us with our food traditions, promote learning about local food production, and gather people to enjoy good food together.
We’ve added four new sponsors this month. Marche Restaurants, Toby’s Family Foods, Capella Market, and Sweet Creek Foods have been fixtures on the local food scene for years. They have all been early advocates for good, clean and fair food. We welcome their support and are happy to have them in our family of sponsors.
Take a look at the entire list of sponsors in the right hand column. These local businesses are supporting Slow Food Eugene’s fight for good, clean, and fair food. Their help is vitally important to our efforts to support organizations like the School Garden Project, the Farm to School Program, and our participation in Terra Madre, the international gathering of Slow Food delegates. Please show your support by clicking on their ads and patronizing their businesses.
We encourage others of you to help us out. This is a great opportunity to get your business name out to our large and growing newsletter subscriber list. Join the sponsors listed along the right hand column. Not only are they supporting good, clean, and fair food, but they are letting our subscribers know that they are friends of Slow Food Eugene.
When you buy Farm to School Fuji apples at participating retailers in the Eugene area including Kiva, Friendly St. Market, Sundance, Cappella, Red Barn, New Frontier and Eugene Local Foods, profits from the sale will support the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program.
For more information: click this link.
As a public service, we are listing some upcoming events we thought that you might be interested in. Listing an event is not an indication that we are sponsoring or endorsing the event.
Lane County Farmers Market
Saturday 9am to 3pm
8th and Oak,
Winter Green Farm Stand
Emmaus Lutheran Church
1250 W. 18th and Polk St.
Wednesday, 2pm – 6pm
June through October
Sprout Regional Food Hub
Fridays, 3pm-7pm, year round
418 A Street, downtown Springfield
Accepts Oregon Trail (SNAP), WIC and Senior Coupon
The Corner Market
Wednesdays, noon to 6pm, year round
295 River Road, near Chambers Street bridge
Hideaway Bakery Market
Saturdays, 9am-2pm, year round
3377 East Amazon, behind Mazzi’s Restaurant
Cottage Grove Growers Market
Saturdays, 9am-6pm, year round
12th & Main Street
Accepts Debit & Credit cards, Oregon Trail (SNAP) WIC and Senior Coupons
Willamette Farm And Food Coalition
Support this great organization.
Weston A. Price Foundation Potluck
What: A monthly potluck in Eugene (and other locales) to foster discussion and understanding of traditional healing foods used by long-lived and healthy societies. Based on researched gathered by Weston A Price, DDS.
Who: Weston A. Price Foundation, Eugene Chapter
When: Held second Monday of each month, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Rotates among members’ homes. Email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org for current location and to get newsletters of activities.
Cost: Bring a Weston A. Price Traditional-Style dish to share.
More Information: Lisa at email@example.com
What: Ongoing edible planting events providing an opportunity to volunteer in creating new gardens, developing edible forests, caring for existing gardens, making compost and meeting like-minded gardening folks.
Who: Victory Garden Team
When: call 541-653-0149
Where: 505 River Road, Eugene
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Charlotte 541.653.0149
What: Slow Money is a movement to organize investors and donors to steer new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems.
Who: Slow Money South Willamette Valley
When: Always meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Location and more details To Be Announced
More information: Financing our Foodsheds by Carole Peppe Hewett, who started Slow Money North Carolina.
By Jackie Variano, Slow Food member and Special Contributor
This article is part of a series highlighting our sponsors’ contributions to the community.
Although it’s now a part of our daily digest of words, in 1982 the word “organic” didn’t hold much weight, and definitely wasn’t part of the mainstream.
Enter the Organically Grown Company, which was started in 1982 as a growers’ cooperative to mitigate competition between struggling organic farmers.
“Bringing organic produce to the people” has become their unofficial slogan, according to Tonya Hayworth of OGC.
“We are not your typical produce distributor-wholesaler,” says Hayworth.
“We are actively involved in environmental and agricultural politics and walk the talk of sustainability. OGC works to not only be a player in the discussion about the big issues. We are committed to pushing ourselves to always do more, be more, expect more-in terms of our values, the values of our growers and customers.”
They source 35 percent of their products directly from PNW farms, and contribute to Slow Food’s goal of good, clean, and fair in a number of ways.
“Organically Grown and Slow Food are very much aligned through the basic fundamentals of our business structures. OGC is an employee and grower owned organization that prides itself on not taking the easy road with everything from grower relations to distribution,” says Hayworth.
They’ve partnered with B-Line delivery in Portland in order to still access smaller, centrally located customers through a cleaner transportation model.
In addition, they’ve made great strides to give back to communities.
“Since 2005, we have purchased our bananas exclusively from Organics Unlimited GROW program, resulting in almost $700,000 contributed back to the communities where the fruit is grown. We contribute at least 2.5% of our previous year’s profits to 501c-3 non-profit organizations that are also in alignment. Our efforts towards a more sustainable food system are continual,” says Hayworth.
How can you support OGC? Let us count the ways.
“Buying organic (& LADYBUG brand) produce is a wonderful direct way to support our business, but our involvement in the communities we serve and the organic trade expands well beyond that.”
“We host many events including our big, biennial Organicology conference, Organically Grown in Oregon Week and more that folks can be a part of. We are very active in political efforts to keep our food supply, farmland, water, seed, food safety and so many other issues and appreciate everyone that takes the time to write a congressman and vote on these topics.”
And no matter how big OGC’s world view is, they always honor their commitment to small and local.
“Our customer base has evolved at the same time we see many larger scale growers transitioning to organic growing practices. We see balance in that equation through staying strong to our roots; we still work with many very small scale growers and deliver to many of the same small Co-Ops and Independent Retailers that we did when the company was formed,” she says.
Be sure to find OGC through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook to be kept up with all events and news.
After two years at NW Youth Corps, the RAFT Garden is now in the second year at the Whiteaker Community Garden at the end of N. Polk St. The plot is on the east side and marked with a RAFT sign. The RAFT garden includes Hooker’s corn, Oregon Giant Pole bean, Oregon Delicious melon, Lower Salmon River squash, and Marshall Strawberry. This year, potatoes will be added — Haida, Tlingit and possibly Anna Cheeka (Ozette).
Last October, Andrew Still and Sarah Kleeger of Adaptive Seeds led a seed saving demo at the garden. It was well attended and the local RAFT community took seed, literally and figuratively. Most of the Oregon Giant beans were donated to Adaptive Seeds and they report that all have been sold for the coming season.
Kathy Heerema will join Nicki Maxwell this year in planning, planting and caring for the garden. Let Nicki know if you are interested. You can reach her at email@example.com.
The RAFT (Renewing America’s Food Traditions) Alliance is a collaboration of food, farming and environmental advocates (including Slow Food USA). It was founded in 2004 to identify, restore and celebrate America’s biologically and culturally diverse food traditions through conservation, education, market recovery and regional networking. RAFT developed the first-ever comprehensive list of food species and varieties unique to each eco-region of North America and found that well over 1,000 food varieties are threatened, endangered or functionally extinct from the marketplace.