Purchasing and eating local food is one way in which you can support the health and wealth of your community. Explore the links above under this dropdown box for farmers markets and our local food guide.
Plus, here are four ways to eat local:
SHOP AT TILLAMOOK COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS
Probably the most obvious way to eat locally is to stroll down to your local farmers market. And though markets have a bad rap for being pricey, studies show that farmers market produce is often less expensive than grocery store produce. In Tillamook County, through a partnership between Food Roots and our farmers markets, we will match your SNAP benefits (food stamps) $1 for $1, up to $10 for the purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and beans. This is an excellent way for SNAP shoppers to stretch their food dollars on locally grown food. Farmers markets will often have a variety of other grocery items as well in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, including bread, dairy products, and free-range meat and poultry; all eligible for purchase with SNAP (Note that only fruits & vegetables will recieve matching funds).
EAT SEASONAL FOOD
Knowing what’s in season in our region will help you know what to expect at farmers markets and help you know which items at other markets and stores might be from local or regional sources (and which ones most definitely are not!). In season produce are more likely to be available locally, which mean they are likely traveling less than 50 miles from the farm to your plate, and can be purchased directly from the producer at local markets, farm stands, U-Pick and on farm.
BUY IN BULK AND FREEZE/ PRESERVE FOR LATER
Buy in bulk at U-pick locations and freeze fruit and vegetables; saving money during the winter months by not purchasing out-of-season. Berries are particularly easy to freezejust wash and dry them, place them on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet, and stick them in the freezer. Once they’re frozen solid (usually about 12 hours), put them into a Ziploc bag and stick them back of the freezer til winter! Vegetables can be frozen too, though they require the extra step of blanching prior to placing them in the freezer.
PLANT A GARDEN
Growing your own food is the ultimate way to eat local. From a simple herb garden to raised beds designed to feed a family, there are lots of ways to grow your own food. If you need help getting a garden started, contact OSU Extension at (503) 842-3433, or contact Food Roots for Community Garden information near you.