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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 1, 2016


Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market Opens for the 2016 Season on March 1!

Ashland Farmers Market

Ashland Farmer’s Market

Ashland Farmers Market has been serving up fresh produce, specialty foods, and unique hand-made crafts to southern Oregon since 1987.

The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market consists of over 200 local members, many of whom are local to Jackson County (the town of Ashland is in Jackson County). To be included in the market, all items for sale must be locally prepared, grown, or crafted by the vendor.

Come to the Ashland Farmers Market to shop, chat, and commune with local farmers who deliver food straight from their fields to you; and with crafters who make sundry handmade art and tools.

At the Ashland Farmers market there will be:

  • Freshly harvested salad greens and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Colorful in season flowers, plants in pots, and garden starts
  • An array of prepared foods and baked goods, sustainably grown, harvested and made: such as meats, cheeses, breads, sandwiches, soups, salsa, pasta, pickles, honey and other goodies.
  • A wide selection of unique, locally handcrafted, many totally sustainable, items for home and garden, including woodwork, pottery, homemade soaps and bath items, dried flower arrangements, quality metal artwork and jewelry.
  • Occasional Chef demonstrations
  • Live music played by locals
  • Master Gardeners table after May

Ashland Farmers Market Details:

Locations: The Market comes twice a week: the more expansive market is on Tuesday at the National Guard Armory; the smaller market right in downtown on Saturdays. The Saturday market is convenient to the Chanticleer Inn, guests can just stroll down the hill. The Tuesday market is a short drive on East Main Street. Both locations will take debit and credit cards.

What’s local? Everything produced at the market is as local as it can be! Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is limited to growers, producers and crafters within 3 Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou. Some of the crafters and vendors may source materials and ingredients outside of our valley. Be sure to ask individual vendors about sources of their ingredients, and why they have chosen them.

Organic or Not Organic? Not all products found at the market are organic. Individual vendors decide how they will grow, produce and/or source their products. However the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market organization gives preference to vendors that operate organically locally within the Rogue Valley. All vendors will advertise what is organic and what is not.

TUESDAYS
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ashland Market
National Guard Armory
1420 E. Main Street
March – November

SATURDAYS
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ashland Saturday Market
Oak Street in the Heart of Downtown
May – October

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Wine Enthusiast Names Ashland Wine Travel Destination


Wine Enthusiast

Tasting Room at Red Lily

Wine Enthusiast, a wine and travel magazine lists Ashland in their top ten wine travel destinations for 2016

Wine Enthusiast magazine’s annual list spanned the world and at least 4 continents, Southern Oregon wines finally got on the list. Southern Oregon has 100s of wineries between Roseburg and Ashland, with 5 AVAs.

Apart from the abundance of fine dining, great lodging, and the performing arts, Ashland is centrally located and surrounded by vineyards and wineries.

 

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Sunset Magazine: Insider’s Guide to Southern Oregon Wine


Sunset Magazine

Sam’s Valley Vineyard

Sunset Magazine — Local’s Guide to So. Oregon Wine Country

Sunset Magazine article speaks to wine lovers.  It still seems to be the best kept secret how rich in variety, and varietals, Southern Oregon wine country is.

The 2015 Sunset article explores three river valley growing areas with over 150 micro-climates.  That equates to lots of variety and lots of wines from which to choose.

 

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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 17, 2015


2015 Ashland Farmers Market Opens

ashland farmers market

Organic Carrots

Always fun, the Ashland Farmers market, also called Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, provides a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables.  As well as herbs, plants, soaps and crafts.  Music and food booths add to the festive feel.

TUESDAYS
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street

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Indigo Creek “Rogue Valley on Tap” Brewery Tours


Indigo Creek does Rogue Valley on Tap brewery tour

On Indigo Creek Brewery Tour

Opposition Beer’s Flight

Last weekend, friends and I went on a brewery tour conducted by Indigo Creek Outfitters.  They don’t just do rivers!  They are growing into an adventure company.

We really enjoyed the “Rogue Valley on Tap” tasting tour.  It was great to discover some of the local well-crafted beer.  All four breweries are in the Rogue Valley and easy driving distance from the Chanticleer. Speaking of driving, I recommend Indigo Creek tours, because they drive and you taste!

It was especially wonderful to met a couple of the brewery owners and get a personalized tour of their operations.  There’s nothing like talking with people who are masters of their craft, and who love to share their knowledge and passion for it.

The first stop was Opposition Brewing Company. Here is where you get BIG beers. Be they brews with huge hop presence, big malt backbones, or prominent and unique flavor profiles, they brew beers that are approachable, but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane. Opposition offers a consistent selection of quality, small-batch, beers as well as rotating specialties. As they brew weekly, you’re guaranteed some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley.

Indigo Creek Brewery tour

Walkabout Beers

Walkabout Brewing Company was established in 1997 in Central Point, Oregon by founder and head brewer, Ross Litton. Why “walkabout” for a company name?  Well when you hear Ross talk you know … you can take the boy out of Perth Australia, but you can’t take the Aussie out of the boy — even after 21 years in Southern Oregon. Walkabout brews have been available primarily in Southern Oregon, however lately distribution has been expanded to include Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis.

Bricktowne’s restaurant and brewery is located in downtown historic Medford directly across from the Craterian Theater. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu but are best known for their incredible craft beers. Bricktowne boasts some of the best beer in the valley, and with their selection of 11 beers they really have something for everyone. Click here to visit their website.

Indigo Creek Brewery Tour 2

Ross Litton, the Owner of Walkabout Brewing Company, Explains the Beer Biz

Swing Tree Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated Brewery Tap House, located in Ashland Oregon, that opened in the November of 2013.  Swing Tree is a place for family and friends to come together for great company and an exceptional pint. The centerpiece of the Swing Tree experience is its hand-crafted, artisan ales and lagers. Click here to visit their website.

 

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Beer Tasting Tours


Brew Tasting Tours

Brew Tour Stop

Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters

Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano- and micro-breweries?  Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.

Interested? For more information, here’s the link

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Southern Oregon Wine Region has four AVAs


Many guests ask me what is an AVA — American Viticultural Area.  What kinds of soils and climates Southern Oregon wine region has.  So here’s a little write up to answer those questions.

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What Draws People to Southern Oregon Wines?


Monday, March 4th, I attended Southern Oregon Visitors Association’s annual marketing symposium.  On the panel about Southern Oregon Wines, I heard Earl from Abacela Wineries explain the “Three Ps” as the answer to why people come to Southern Oregon for the wines. He claims people are escaping from Portland, Precipitation and Pinot!

As most of my guests come from California, (nearly 50%!), I think my visitors are escaping the Three Cs: California, Crowds, and Cabernet!

For more information on our local wines in the Rogue Valley!

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Troon Vineyard — Local Winery, National Recognition


Troon Vineyard was named ‘Top 10 Hottest Brands’ of 2012 by Wine Business Monthly in the February 2013 publication.

“The award was started to recognize high growth small brands (under 100,000 cases annual production), but has transitioned into recognizing interesting winery leaders in a region” says Cyril Penn, Editor of Wine Business Monthly.

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Medford Brewery Tours


For Saturday afternoon fun, Medford Brewery Tours

My friend Will, of Indigo Creek Outfitter fame, has brewed up a great afternoon outing this winter … Medford Brewery Tours!

On Indigo Creek Brewery Tour

Opposition Beer Flight

Beer lovers who are visiting Ashland should check out this tour.

Every Saturday leaving from Ashland at 1pm, visit at least 3 breweries. On tap for the tour are: Opposition Beer, Bricktowne, Portal, Southern Oregon, and Walkabout brewing companies.

While on the Medford Brewery Tours, meet the brewers, taste their brew craft, and nibble snacks at Bricktowne Brewing Company along the way.

For more information go to Indigo Creek Outfitter’s website

 

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