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

Earth Day Bulk Sale! April 17-21

Save money while working towards a more sustainable shopping experience! The Co-op bulk department is a great "first stop" for your grocery lists - everything from hummus mix to local honey to pet food is available. Plus there's less waste, all the way from shipping to ended up in your shopping cart. 

Check out a quick tour below:

Film festival giveaway

Enter your name and email below to be entered to win two film vouchers for the 2019 Ashland Independent Film Festival.

No purchase necessary. Giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by AIFF. US residents only. Entry will be closed at 5pm PT on Monday, April 15.


The state of plastics

Many Co-op owners and shoppers have shared their interest in reducing plastic usage in the store. From bioplastics, to compostable plastics to recycling options, the Ashland Food Co-op continues to research what works best as we move towards our goal of being a zero waste store. Here is where we stand.

Food waste at the Co-op

By Rianna Koppel, Sustainability Coordinator

How many times in the past month have you reached back in the fridge to snack on some fresh strawberries only to discover… mold?! In the United States, 40% of food is wasted every year. Luckily, how we address food waste can have a major impact. According to Paul Hawkin’s Drawdown, reducing food waste is #3 on the list of best ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. At the Co-op, we use the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy as a guide to bettering our own practices.

Wellness Secret Weapons

There are still plenty of colds and viruses making their rounds, and we want to help you better defend against them!

In January, we asked on social media what kind of secret weapons you use in the winter to stay healthy. We had a lot of responses, so we'll start with the All-Stars.

With your initial recommendations, our Wellness team reviewed the suggestions and picked the products with the highest quality standards and best feedback. Check those out below.

 

Mushrooms for wellness

You may have heard about the fascinating discovery that trees can communicate with each other. What’s the secret? The mycelia - tiny strands of fungus - in the soil form a vast underground network through which trees send chemical signals to their neighbors.

The mycelia differs from the fruiting body of the mushroom, which is the reproductive component that contains spores and is thought to be higher in Beta Glucans.

What to do with all this citrus?!

So you grabbed a few too many extra oranges and grapefruits and lemons (and some finger limes, and some satsumas…), and rather than watch them go bad, we want to provide you with some ideas on how to reduce waste. You’ll also get to enjoy citrus in a lot of new ways!

There are many guides and recipes across the internet (like this one by our friends at Grow Forage Cook Ferment), so here are a few ideas to get your creative and citrus juices flowing.

Update from the General Manager: "Food for Paradise" campaign

Ashland Food Co-op's General Manager, Emile Amarotico, ends 2018 on a very uplifting note with a report back on the "Food for Paradise" donation campaign. Watch the video below, or read on for an extended written update.

Hello, this is Emile Amarotico, the general manager of Ashland Food Co-op with an update on the Co-op’s Food for Paradise initiative.

5 Fresh Ways to Save at the Co-op

We’ve all been there: your bank account is looking thin after a month of celebrations, but you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to save up for a big purchase later in the year

Now’s the time to make some changes to your spending - but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality goods at the Ashland Food Co-op.

These are some lesser known ways to save at the Co-op. Think of them like ordering off the secret menu. 

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

It’s the New Year, our favorite time for goal-setting, making positive resolutions, and shifting our impact. One of the Co-op’s goals is to become a Zero Waste facility. Our staff works to divert as much food waste as we can - and we hope our member-owners will join us in this goal too.