Experience your food in a new way: straight from the source. Here’s your chance to knock elbows with some of the local dedicated farmers that bring food to your table everyday. Explore behind the scenes and shake the hands that grow your food. Take a ride on an air-conditioned bus and enjoy a picnic lunch provided by Chef Kristen Lyon. If you have dietary needs beyond vegetarian or wheat free, please kindly bring your own picnic lunch.
Rogue Creamery Dairy Farm
The team at Rogue Creamery create award winning cheeses right here in their namesake valley. We’re excited to show off the inspiring Organic practices on their dairy farm and meet the cows who provide the Co-op with delicious cheeses year round. Enjoy a stroll through the paddock, learn their myriad of sustainability efforts, pet a baby cow, and listen to the peacefulness on this farm of happy ladies.
Rogue Creamery understands that healthy pastures, healthy workers and healthy cows (they even have fitbits on the cows!) leads to a supremely flavorful product capable of winning international awards. In 2003 they won the World’s Best Blue Cheese in London, a first for a U.S. Creamery. If you can’t make it to the farm tour, keep an eye out for their self guided tour beginning soon or visit their farm stand store in Grants Pass.
The Farming Fish
Olivia Hittner and Michael Hasey provide the Co-op with Basil/Watercress Pesto, live watercress and bibb lettuce from their family farm in Evans Valley. The Farming Fish is a 40-acre certified Organic farm with over 30 acres of wooded land kept as wild spaces to allow nature to use her own methods to develop diversity and healthy ecosystems.
Olivia and Michael also incorporate Aquaponics on their farm to produce Tilapia fish and a variety of leafy greens and herbs. Their pesto with basil and watercress grown in Aquaponics quickly sells out at the Co-op. Learn how this family produces nutritious food for our Valley while living up to their values of sustainable, innovative and joyful farming.
Each location includes unsteady ground, lots of walking, hot sun, possible mud, and lots of fun! Please bring a water bottle, hat and sturdy closed-toed shoes.
Meet at the Co-op Classroom (300 N. Pioneer St) at 7:30am sharp