Local & Sustainable Food Sources

Local & Sustainable Food Sources

This is an ever expanding list! If you have a farm, ranch, orchard, market, co-op, or store you would like me to add, please contact me with your suggestion.

 

 

Links to Farmers Markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Info:

One of the greatest aspects of shopping at the local farmer’s market is getting to know the farmers and vendors that work so hard to bring their best, freshest local products to you. At each market, you can find your favorite organic pastured egg provider who’ll bring you eggs weekly. You can ask the rancher if their meats are from pastured beef and bison that are grass-finished. Or ask if the pigs and chickens are allowed to forage for their food to assure the health and life of the animal and your food. You can find the best organic fruits picked a day ago at local orchards. Or ask when the blueberries will be at their best so can your buy flats to freeze for year-long enjoying. Click this link to find the Portland-metro farmer’s market closest to you. Most local markets are open weekly mid-May to the end of October, but you can find some markets open almost year-round as well. (You can do a search for state-by-state farmer’s market locations if not in the Portland area with the link below.)

  • Portland Local Food.com – Newer website that is a “one stop” online guide to finding local & organic food in/around Portland, Oregon. “Our goal is to make it easy for you to find great local sources for your food by bringing together as many resources as possible on one website.”
  • Local Harvest – The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use this website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
  • Getting the Most from Your Market: 10 Tips From a Farmers Market Manager
  • EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides – Carry Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide  with you to avoid those conventional fruits and vegetables found to be highest in pesticides – The Dirty Dozen – and, instead, choose items from The Clean Fifteen list. (Mobile App available)

Organic Pasture-Raised Meats

  • lower in fat and calories
  • two to four times richer in anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids
  • higher in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a proven cancer fighter and lean muscle-building tool
  • higher in Vitamin A and E, essential nutrients known for their antioxidant properties
  • no hormones and antibiotics

You are what your animals eat! When it comes to nutrition, organic pasture-raised animals pass on the best of their nutrient-rich diet to you making them ideal for your health.  A foraged diet produces tender and exquisite tasting beef, lamb, bison, poultry, goat, pork and dairy products.  Here are some local and on-line sources:

  • Pine Mountain Ranch – Located in Bend, Oregon, Pine Mountain provides bison, yak, elk, goat, heritage turkeys, slow-growth heritage chickens, lamb, duck, goose, quail, pheasants, and rabbits in addition to pork and beef. You’ll find them at several of the Portland area farmers markets. You can place an order and pick up from them at the market.
  • US Wellness Meats – Order grass-fed meats online and have them shipped directly to you. Includes beef, lamb, pork, bison, rabbit, poultry, dairy (cheese and butter), wild seafood, and much more!
  • Eat Wild – A state-by-state source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed meats. Many of these farms might not be “close” to your house, but do ship orders online, deliver often to local buying clubs, or sell at local farmers markets.
  • Sexton Ranches – Offers grass-finished beef and lamb, and pastured eggs and broiler chickens. The Sextons have a stall at the PSU Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. You can also place an order and pick it up from them. Their website is a bit outdated, but has all the contact/pricing information to place an order.

Dairy

Milk is one of the most nutritionally complete foods, adding high-quality protein and fat, essential minerals, and vitamins to the diet. Natural, organic raw milk from grass-fed cows:

  • is the best source of calcium available
  • is extremely rich in enzymes
  • contains all 22 essential amino acids
  • shows lower rates of asthma and allergies in children who drink natural, raw milk
  • is abundant in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a fatty acid that raises metabolic rate, helps remove our abdominal fat, boosts muscle growth, reduces resistance to insulin, strengthens the immune system, and lowers food allergy reactions.

Raw milk is not generally commercially available in the United States – and won’t be until consumer demand increases. However, in many states raw milk can be purchased directly at the farm. Look for a co-op in your area that supports conscientious dairy farmers and can be a source of raw milk for you and your family. The site Real Milk lists state-by-state source for humane, non-toxic, pasture-based dairying and small-scale traditional milk processing.

Raw Cheese Traditional, naturally fermented, raw milk cheeses made from the whole milk of grass-fed cows and goats are mainly produced in other parts of the world but more small manufacturers are popping up in the US. Seek out varieties of raw cheeses available in natural and specialty grocery stores and taste the difference. (Look for “raw milk” versus “pasteurized milk” on the ingredients label.)

Ask your favorite markets for local varieties of raw cheeses. All-natural, handcrafted, raw milk cheeses are being produced by a number of independent manufacturers in Oregon. I have a few favorites I can find in the Portland area:

  • Willamette Valley Cheese Company – My favorite of their cheeses include the Boerenkaas, Horseradish Havarti, and Raw Milk Brindisi. Willamette Valley Cheese can be found regularly at New Seasons, Whole Foods, Food Front, Market of Choice, People’s Co-Op and some of the Lamb’s Thriftway locations.

Seafood

  • Seafood Watch – Recommendations which seafood to buy and avoid. Pocket guide and mobile apps available.
  • Vital Choice Wild Seafood – a trusted source for fast home delivery of the world’s finest wild seafood and organic fare, harvested from healthy, well-managed wild fisheries and farms.

 Miscellaneous

  • The Meadow – My favorite place in Portland to get artisan sea salt, The Meadow carries over 110 varieties of sea salt and quarried salt (each with its own distinctive crystal and mineral properties) from 26 different countries! You’ll have a blast tasting each variety to find the ones for you to take home.  Aside from salts and salt blocks, you will find 300+ types of chocolate (bars, confections, European-style drinking chocolates, cocoa powder, cacao beans, nibs, and other chocolate basics), wines, cocktail syrups, 110+ varieties of digestive and artisan cocktail bitters, and beautiful flowers awaiting to be arranged from tin buckets and vintage vases into a bouquet to go home with you. Located in Portland at 3731 N. Mississippi Avenue (97227) and 805 NW 23rd Avenue (97210) or their NYC location at 523 Hudson Street in Manhattan’s West Village.
  • Laurelhurst Market Butcher Shop – Everything here is made in house. They are “dedicated to providing the highest quality products featuring all natural, hormone free, antibiotic free meats”. You’ll find 12 flavors of sausage, pates, cured meats (bacon, pancetta, liverwurst), house-made deli meats, and smokehouse meats (Cajun Andouille, Tasso, Smoked Ham Hocks, Kielbasa, Smoked Ham). They call themselves “a home cook’s pantry” and have rendered duck fat, house-made lard, and Tails & Trotters Leaf Lard. If they don’t have it, they say “can get it or make it within the next day or two.” Located at 3155 E. Burnside in Portland OR 97214
  • Brew Dr. Kombucha – Brewed and bottled by Townshend’s Tea Company in Portland, Oregon this 100% raw kombucha hosts over 2.2 billion live and active cultures per bottle. Current flavors: Clear Mind, Nutritonic, Superberry, White Rose, Spiced Apple Kava, Lemon Ginger Cayenne and Chia Berry. Found locally at Townshend’s Tea Company locations at many Portland area markets.