‘Tis the Season for Farm Stands and Markets in Corvallis
Summer is the season of abundantly fresh produce for residents of Willamette Valley. If you are busy on Saturdays and miss the big Corvallis Farmers’ Market on the riverfront, there are plenty of options in and around town for you to visit throughout the week and still fill your bag or basket with local veggies, fruits, jams, and more.
Where: 2345 NE Strawberry Lane, Corvallis
When: Produce building is open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
What: Drahnacre Farms is about two miles down a gravel farm road in northeast Corvallis, but just keep driving, it is worth the trip out past the grass and vegetable fields. The small produce building recently had Italian and breakfast sausages, eggs by the dozen, squash, garlic, and walnuts for sale.
Make sure to bring cash and change. The produce building is unmanned and money is kept in a lock box, so making change isn’t an easy option.
Drahnacre Farms semi-regularly posts on their Facebook what products and goods are for sale in their shop.
Davis Family Farm
Where: 4380 NE Highway 20, Corvallis
When: The large produce building and even larger greenhouse complex is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
What: Davis Family Farms is a large, family-owned operation that offers a huge variety of products year-round. This time of year, they have dozens of flower varieties, and they specialize in hanging baskets. Their produce building has all the fruits and vegetables you can think of, from baskets of strawberries (which they also offer U-pick in their fields) and tomatoes to jars of local honey and baked goods.
In the fall, the Farm puts on hayrides around their property and sells a colorful variety of pumpkins. In the winter, Christmas trees and winter decorations handmade from evergreen branches and cuttings are sold.
To find out more about what they have for sale and when new produce is available, visit their Facebook page, where they post updates regularly.
Southtown Farmstand and Market
Where: 1465 SE Alexander Ave, Corvallis
When: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays
What: The Southtown Farmstand and Market consists of a fun variety of booths, with vendors selling everything from plant starts and bouquets of flowers to handmade goat cheese, kombucha, and jellies. There are also a few booths that sell freshly baked food, including tamales, savory tarts, and whoopie pies. Of course, you can also get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables there, too.
Valerie from Whole Flower Farms has had a booth at the Southtown Market for four years, and it’s one of the best places to buy her unique products. “I sell some at the North Co-op and even more at the Southtown Co-op, but you can always get more here,” she said, pointing at different organic, plant-based treats like her radish and garlic scape and the strawberry julep clafoutis. “These are the experimental flavors, and you can only get them here.”
This little market is an exciting mix of local food and culture, and features live music some weeks as well. A fundraising event just recently ended that raised $15,000 to construct a permanent structure over the market, allowing vendors and sellers to come together at the location well into October.