What is a farmlet you may be wondering? To put it very simply, a farmlet is a small farm. They are often found on the side of the road or in front of someone’s home, and may also be called farm stands or micro farms. They may offer one type of fruit, vegetable, baked good, or herb, or they may offer a variety of items depending on the season. If you’re looking for some fresh food right around the corner or just down the road, we’ve found a few Corvallis farmlets you should visit.
Twedt’s Twedt’s may be known for its berry picking in the summer and pumpkin patch during the fall, but you can also find their farm stand filled with goodies all year. You never know what you might find there, but it could be plums, tomatoes, or apples filling the shelves. If you’re cruising down Highway 20, be sure to check out this farm stand and see what they have available.
Located at Seavy & Hwy 20, Twedt’s is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,and the rest of the week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Southtown Farm Stand Market A newer market in town, the Southtown Farm Stand Market may just be the answer to the food desert in South Corvallis. Hosted by Cheryl Good, this market features local produce vendors including – but not limited to depending on the week – Beene Family Farm, Round House Farm (a member of the Willamette Women’s Farm Network, which also has numerous other farmlets and is hosted by the Oregon State University Small Farms Program), Flicker & Fir, Whole Flower Farms (they also provide gluten free and vegan cookies and tamales), Cottage Farm, Goliath Farm, Ramblin Rose Bakery, and Trempler Family Farms. Stay tuned next May for another big plant and vegetable start sale you won’t want to miss!
Located at 1470 SE Alexander Avenue, the Southtown Farm Stand Market takes place every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., and typically runs from May to October.
Trempler Family Farms Trempler Family Farms is a micro farm that has delicious eggs, as well as table produce grown without the use of chemical sprays. What’s really unique about this farmlet though is their website, which gives you the ability to order goods and pick them up the next day or even be notified of new products being added. Owner Lindsey Trempler takes part in the Southtown Farm Stand Market every week and posts the event on Facebook in order to increase their visibility. Trempler Family Farms will also be at the upcoming Fill Your Pantry event at the Benton County Fairgrounds on November 5 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Jim’s Fruit Stand This farmlet prides itself on local free-range farm chicken and quail eggs, berries, and organic vegetables. On top of that, they have a multitude of delicious pies, cobblers, and even mini-pies if you’re craving a single serving treat. What really sets them apart though are the local jams, jellies, sauces, and seasonings they have on hand. Think how much tastier your meals could be after a visit to Jim’s Fruit Stand.
The Neighborhood Farmlet It may seem like owner Francie O’Shea wrote the book on creating recipes from farmlet food, and that may be because in 2010, she actually did. Her book, Food from the Farmlet: Francie’s Favorite Recipes, includes images from her garden, cooking classes, and family gatherings, alongside recipes she loves to create and share. Sharing seems to be at the heart of what O’Shea hopes to accomplish through the Neighborhood Farmlet. In fact, she opens her home every Friday between 3 and 5 p.m. for teatime and an informal tour of the gardens and hosts cooking classes regularly. This farmlet has everything from baked goods, lavender, eggs, fruit, and vegetables, and offers a glimpse into what life on the farmlet is all about.