Taste This! – Downtown Bend Farmers Market

­­­For this week’s Taste This! culinary adventure, Donna Britt is doing something a little different. She’s visiting the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance booth at the Downtown Bend Farmers Market and learning how they are bringing fresh farm foods to local families in need.

Thanks to High Desert Food and Farm Alliance for doing what they do and for sharing such great information with us. And thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources to take weekly culinary adventures! Life is short. Eat good food!

Taste This! – Local Culture Krauts

For this week’s culinary adventure, Donna Britt takes us into Sarah Frost-McKee and Paul Trendler’s local kitchen, where fermentation is happening and where old-fashioned sauerkraut is getting a delicious modern twist.

Thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources to take weekly culinary adventures!  Life is short.  Eat good food!

Taste This! – Rainshadow Organics

This week’s Taste This! takes us back in time. Back to when homesteaders farmed and ranched, doing whatever they had to do to survive by living off of the land.

Donna Britt takes us on a farm tour to see how a modern-day family is literally growing and raising everything they eat plus providing enough for a community around them.

Thanks to Sarahlee for educating us and showing us around Rainshadow Organics. Beginning this month, they’ll be firing up their outdoor pizza oven for Thursday and Saturday lunches on site at the farm.

A special thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the time and resources to take these weekly culinary adventures. Life is short. Eat good food.

Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market Opens Early This Year

We usually have to wait until June for farmer’s markets to get underway in Central Oregon. Yet this year, some of the farmers asked to get an early start, so the Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is already up and running on Wednesdays.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan headed down to Brooks Alley to see what local farmers have to offer this season.

The Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday in Brooks Alley behind the Tower Theatre from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 10th. The Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market will run on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 16th through September 15th. The Eastside Bend Farmer’s Market starts on July 5th and runs every Thursday in the Whole Foods east lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 27th.

Taste This! – Volcano Veggies

In this week’s Taste This!, Donna tastes veggies from an indoor, in-town farm run by the Sbarra family. These delicious greens are organic and locally grown with love, as Shannon and Jimmy like to say. We thank them for their time and for their veggies, which you can find at Newport Avenue Market. For more info visit volcanoveggies.com.

A special thanks to our sponsor, Newport Avenue Market, for giving us the time and resources to bring you this delightful culinary feature each week. Life is short. Eat good food.

Supper Club: From Farm to Table

There is a growing movement to make it easier to get locally-grown food from Central Oregon farms to your table. For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with a local farmer, an executive chef, and a woman whose organization works to make locally-grown food more accessible.

Thanks to Elizabeth Weigand, owner at Agricultural Connections, Megan, co-owner at Boundless Farmstead, and Brian Kerr, executive chef at Deschutes Brewery and Public House for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Farmer-Chef Mixer Connects Restaurants with Locally Grown Food

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is hosting their 2nd Annual Farmer-Chef Mixer Monday, February 27th with the idea of bringing local food growers and area chefs/restaurants together. Jess Weiland, HDFFA Food & Farm director, says the mixer will feature “speed dating” in which farmers and restaurants will share information on varieties and availability of seasonal food.  If you’re like more info, go the hdffa.org.