Farm Tour on the Shelves

The Farm Tour shines a spotlight on Southern Oregon - it represents the full range of products grown in the Rogue Valley. The Farm Tour isn't until July 14, but here's a list of tour activities for participating farms that are also on the shelves at the Ashland Food Co-op. Get an early taste of quality local goods!

Make sure you're keeping up with tour news, like the release of the 2019 map, by following the Rogue Valley Farm Tour on Facebook.

Rogue Aquaponics
14855 E Evans Creek Rd, Rogue River, OR 97537
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Aquaponic farm tours, fish tacos, a food truck and picnicking. Pesto and filleted fish will be available for purchase.

Rogue Creamery
6531 Lower River Rd Grants Pass 97526
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Meet Rogue Creamery’s certified organic cows and calves, then enjoy a scoop of ice cream.

Valley View Orchard
1800 N Valley View Road Ashland, OR 97520 
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Certified organic orchard and vineyard, u-pick, farmstand and wine-tasting house. Since 1919.

Fry Family Farm
2184 Ross Lane Medford, OR 97540
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Samples of products, wood-fired pizza, farm tours every hour from 10am-2pm.

Herb Pharm
110 Bonlinda Lane, Williams, OR 97544
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Visit the 80-acre certified organic farm to learn more about growing herbs and their use for optimum well-being.

Oshala Farm
14900 Hwy 238 Grants Pass, OR 97527
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Certified organic herb farm, growing over 70 varieties of medicinal and culinary herbs. Food truck with local cuisine! Tours at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Blue Fox Farm
12963 Williams Hwy Grants Pass, OR 97527
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40-acre certified organic vegetable farm in the heart of the Applegate Valley.

TerraSol Organics
18828 Williams Hwy Williams, OR 97544
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Certified organic microgreens and leaf crop farm. Bring your own pot and lean to grow your own microgreens. Visit the growing organic pumpkin patch.

Whistling Duck Farm
12800 Williams Hwy, Grants Pass, OR 97527
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Certified organic veggies, fruits, seed garlic and farm store featuring a homemade line of fermented veggies.

Plaisance Ranch
16955 Water Gap Road Williams,OR 97544
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Hot dogs, hamburgers, cuts of certified organic beef lamb and award-winning wines. Farm animal petting, horse-drawn wagon rides. $10 per person.

More Co-op News

Rounding Up in October

Part of what makes co-ops unique are the guiding 7 Principles of Cooperation. One of the seven that is felt strongly in Ashland is "Concern for the community" - and that's why the Co-op is offering a new way to give back to our community for the month of October. When you pay at the register, you can round up your total to the nearest dollar. For example, $11.68 becomes $12, and $0.32 is donated.

Donations in October will go to the Ashland Food Co-op Community Fund, which funds the Community Grant program (over $29,000 was provided last year to local non-profits).

Win a gift basket featuring products made by co-ops

We're celebrating Co-op Month in October by highlighting products at the Ashland Food Co-op that are made by other co-ops.

That's one of the seven cooperative principles - Cooperation among Cooperatives - that you'll find being practiced at the Co-op everyday. 

You can win a selection of those co-op products by entering your name and email below.

Entries will close on October 24, and a winner will be contacted on October 25 via the email address provided.

Fall Staff Picks

Thanks to alpine trails and shaded valley creeks, outdoor recreation is year-round in the Rogue Valley. But fall usually makes for more frisky feet, so we asked Co-op employees for their favorite fall activities and recommendations for what they grab before they head out. 

 

Applegate products joining Co-op Basics

Just in time for the school year, Applegate products are being added to the Co-op Basics program! The Co-op carries a variety of Applegate products, like sliced deli meat, cheeses, bacon, and sausages. Now as part of the Co-op Basics program, you’ll be saving up to $2 on Applegate products across the store, every day. 

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2019 Farm Tour Recap

Another successful farm tour is in the books! With 30 farms this year, visitors could see how bigger farms work, like Herb Pharm, Fry Family Farm, and Rogue Creamery, while also experiencing the joys of smaller farms, such as Turning Point Farm, Fox Run Farm, and Daily Blessing Farm.

Visitors of all ages enjoying Goodwin Creek Gardens
Visitors of all ages enjoying Goodwin Creek Gardens

Top 15 Things to Do in Ashland (When It's Smoky)

Ashland is a paradise for the outdoors - but sometimes Mother Nature has different plans for us.

When smoke from wildfires becomes an issue, there are still plenty of great activities to enjoy around our wonderful town. Check out this list for some inspiration!

AFC Celebrates 20 Years with Magnolia Farms

This year, the Ashland Food Co-op proudly celebrates their 20 year partnership with Magnolia Farms. Their pasture raised, no antibiotics, no hormones lamb is a staple in the Co-op Meat Department. Magnolia Farms is graciously donating the lamb for our August First Friday in celebration of our long standing partnership.

Compostable Bags

The Co-op has been asked if compostable plastic bags are a viable alternative to the standard plastic bags offered in the produce and meat departments. 

For several reasons, compostable bags are not in line with the Co-op’s goals and standards. 

Not compostable at home

Sustainability Update: Energy efficiency and zero waste

Energy Efficiency
We are happy to announce that we are a member of the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management program. This is a free program available to customers of Avista and Pacific Power, which offers awesome incentives including a paid internship!

Community Grant Recipients 2019

The Ashland Food Co-op donated over $29,000 to 28 local nonprofit organizations through their Community Grant Program.

The Community Grant program is the focus of one of the fundamental Cooperative Principles, which all cooperative enterprises follow. Our Community Grant Program supports Principle 7, Concern for Community.

Meet the 2019 Board of Directors

Congratulations to Annie Hoy, Melina Barker, Lisa Beam, and Steve Bowman for their election to the Board of Directors! We were delighted to have such a strong slate of candidates to fill our four vacancies. You can read more about each new director here.

How to stay sustainable with paper products

Have you thought about how sustainable your paper home products are? While the use of single-use plastics has (rightfully) been criticized, some products are made to be single-use - like toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins. With these products, it’s best to examine sustainability by looking at what goes into their production.

Board elections are open!

We are grateful for the engaged community that supports the Ashland Food Co-op. We're a grocery store owned by you (with a few thousand of your friends). But your ownership isn't just coupons and discount; you help shape the future of the Co-op through the election of the Board of Directors.

This year, seven candidates are nominated for four board positions: two will serve a three-year term; one will serve a two-year term; and one will serve a one-year term. Additionally, the current board has proposed three by-law changes for approval.