According to the new Linn-Benton Guide to Sourcing Locally Grown Food, there are many benefits to buying locally. When you source products locally, more money stays in the community, more sustainable methods are used to grow and promote products, and more nutritional value is present, which is “the key to a long and healthy life.”
We all benefit from living in the beautiful, arable Willamette Valley, where there are many places to source products locally. However, that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. Here’s a list of local farmers markets, farm stands, u-picks, and more – to help you buy local, and to help improve our community economically, environmentally, and nutritionally.
Corvallis Farmers’ Market
The Corvallis Farmers’ Market is an easy and enjoyable way to find and purchase goods locally. Tens of local farms and businesses sell a plethora of items, from fruits and vegetables and homemade pickles to handmade jewelry and art. The Corvallis Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1st and Jackson until November 25.
Albany Farmers’ Market
The Albany Farmer’s Market is another nearby market available for consumers to source products locally. This market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 4th and Ellsworth until November 25.
Philomath Farmers’ Market
Neighboring Corvallis, the Philomath Farmers’ Market made its debut in 2020 and features a range of small farms and businesses, including a coffee roaster, honey farm, jewelry and design business, and more. The Philomath Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Philomath Community Library until August 30.
Flicker & Fir
A “mini farmers’ market meets a community sharing circle,” Flicker & Fir in South Corvallis is open every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. until October. Each week, 15+ vendors are featured, offering local produce, crafts, baked goods, and more. Flicker & Fir is located at 1465 SE Alexander Avenue.
Gathering Together Farm
Not only does Gathering Together Farm (GTF) include a farm-to-table restaurant, but also has a farm stand featuring fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, pastries, and other artisanal items for patrons to purchase. All of the items sold at GTF are from their own farm or other local producers. The GTF farm stand is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 25159 Grange Hall Rd. in Philomath.
Scio Farm, LLC
Scio Farm delivers farm fresh foods and organic products, specifically grass-fed lamb, beef, and chicken, from their farm to the local community. Patrons can easily order through Scio Farm’s online market, which features reasonably priced farm fresh foods. Scio Farm also sells rams, lambs, and hay bales for other local farmers and ranchers.
Sunbow Produce, established in 2015 by Nate and Yadira Johnson, is a USDA organic produce provider, offering seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as storage crops like onions and potatoes. Sunbow makes a dedicated effort to grow and harvest locally, conserve their water, and reduce the waste they create. Sunbow’s farm stand is currently closed due to COVID, but they are doing pre-orders via a weekly list that customers can subscribe to. The list gets updated every weekend, and customers can respond via email with what they want and what day they would like to either pick-up their products or have them delivered.
Peoria Road Farm Market
The Peoria Road Farm Market is another farm stand that provides fresh, locally-grown seasonal produce and flowers, located at 33269 SE Peoria Road in Corvallis. The stand is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jim’s Fruit Stand
You’ve probably seen Jim’s Fruit Stand while driving on Highway 34 on the way in or out of Corvallis. This farm stand is open every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering fresh fruits and vegetables for passing patrons.
Davis Family Farm
Davis Family Farm, located on Highway 20 in Corvallis, is well-known for its fall fun, when it offers hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and cider and doughnuts. During the summer, Davis Family Farm sells a plethora of farm fresh foods, including cucumbers, onions, squash, cherries, blackberries, and more. Patrons can also come by and pick their own blueberries at $1.75 per pound.
Radke’s Blueberries provides different varieties of blueberries for patrons to pick at $1.75 per pound. Radke’s is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Three Mile Ave in south Corvallis and requires that patrons bring their own clean containers for picking.
Piefer Family Farm
Piefer Family Farm has fresh u-pick strawberries every year for patrons to enjoy. Currently, Piefer has had an unpredictable season and is still waiting for their strawberries to ripen. While they wait, however, they have been selling other fresh produce, such as zucchini, green beans, and broccoli at their farm, located at 2575 NE Strawberry Lane in Corvallis.
K Reynolds Farm, LLC
Located on Highway 20 in Corvallis, K Reynolds Farm offers fresh u-pick opportunities for patrons. Now mostly a grass-seed farm, this farm also provides u-pick table grapes every fall to enjoy.
The Childers Raspberries Farm is family owned and operated, located at 36242 Tapper Lane in Albany. Childers offers u-pick raspberries and is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the field is picked.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been operating for over 25 years, providing local community members with boxes of farm fresh products. Locals can opt to become a member of the CSA program and then receive these boxes every month. This program is beneficial for both farmers and consumers. It allows farmers to market food earlier in the year, receive payment earlier, and build their relationships with consumers. For consumers, it provides them with fresh food, exposes them to new foods, and allows them to develop new perspectives and friendships with local farmers.
CSA boxes are an incredible way to eat locally, as they provide fresh, local food year-round, ready for you to pick up each month.
Some local businesses also offer fresh local produce in-store. The First Alternative Natural Co-op makes a dedicated effort to stock local products from our area, including local produce you can’t find in other big-box stores. Market of Choice is another business that sources locally, buying directly from local farmers and Northwest organic farms.
By Cara Nixon