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Keeping it LOCAL with RA Farms, Rogue Valley

“Keeping it local.” This is one practice we continually strive to accomplish here at Standing Stone Brewing Company.  While we proudly serve our very own beef and lamb, we don’t currently raise pigs at “One Mile Farm.”  As such, we’ve partnered with local pig farm, RA Farms, to locally source the pork that we currently serve on our menu.  These pigs are raised in the most humane and environmentally friendly manner possible.  Not only that, the most interesting aspect of partnering with this farm is the fact that it’s founders are two teenagers who are taking steps to make a positive difference in our local community.  Meet Alyson Scheffler and her brother Reagan.

From left to right: Reagan Scheffler, Standing Stone Executive Chef Raider Babcock, Alyson Scheffler

In her own words, Alyson shares their story:

“My name is Alyson Scheffler, and my brother Reagan and I are the owners of RA Farms. I am a senior at Eagle Point High School and Reagan is a sophomore. We both became involved in agriculture through 4-H and FFA programs here in the valley. However, our love of agriculture started far before we owned our first hog.

We are sixth-generation hog farmers here in America. Our great-great-great grandparents moved their families to the United States from Switzerland and Germany, and began raising hogs. The first three generations had traditional farms: hogs, cows, chickens, crops, a little bit of everything. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, our grandparents expanded their hog operation where they raised 2,000 hogs per year, taking them through their entire life cycle. Though my father raised hogs through 4-H and FFA, our immediate family has moved away from farming, compared to past generations. Our parents are not involved in agricultural careers, and my grandparents also retired from farming. We have made multiple trips to visit my Great Grandma Betty on the family farm in Minnesota, which was established in 1874. We got to see the barn and the same house my grandpa grew up in. Seeing this heritage inspired my brother and I. To maintain our connection and the value of a farm upbringing, my brother and I began raising hogs through 4-H. Our business, RA Farms, began in 2011 after my first year of raising a 4-H hog to sell at the Jackson County Fair. After raising our first hog, we decided that this was something we would do year-round. My dad brought up the idea of raising butcher hogs in the off-season, and we raised our first two hogs in the winter of 2011. We have been raising and selling hogs for eight years now, and it has grown from raising just two animals per year to 40.

RA Farms, Rogue Valley

The amount of animals we raise per year depends on the demand; we usually base it off of how much pork restaurants and individuals in the community need. This business has become hugely successful for us in the past couple of years because of the farm-to-table practice that many restaurants are now adopting.

Humanely & sustainably raised pigs, RA Farms.

People want to know where their food is coming from, who’s raising it, how it’s treated and what it is eating. Consumers and restaurants count on us, and we don’t take this responsibility lightly. We focus on the local aspect as much as we can: we source all litters of pigs as close to home as possible, and we buy feed that was milled within the state of Oregon. Keeping everything in our business local is a large part of our business marketing strategy & mission.

Alyson gives a tour of RA Farms to Standing Stone employees.

Outside of our business, my brother and I are also involved in sports at the high school: Reagan competes in football, basketball and track, and I compete in volleyball.  Balancing school, our activities, and the farm isn’t always easy. However, one guiding statement that has been passed down through the generations of Scheffler families is: “The animals come first. They can’t take care of themselves.” My brother and I have to coordinate our schedules to ensure we balance out the workload and complete commitments we have made to our hogs, our business and our school activities. Three hours are devoted each weekend to cleaning pens at both locations- our home and a barn that we rent down the road to accommodate extra groups of pigs.  Added time is put on for moving pigs, extensive cleaning (with new pigs), and taking care of the pigs throughout the week. I have seen firsthand how hard work through RA Farms has paid off and want to continue to grow the business by supplying more high quality local pork to families and restaurant customers.”

Standing Stone will continue to partner with local farms like the Schefflers’ in order to accomplish our mission of supporting local businesses, as well as maintaining sustainability and environmental awareness to build a better future for tomorrow.  When you choose to dine with us, you are joining us on this mission.  Thank you, to our loyal customers, for your continued support.  Stay tuned for an upcoming video feature that takes a closer look at our partnership with RA Farms.

If you are interested in contacting RA Farms, you may reach them at rabaconandeggs@yahoo.com

Sunday Brunch!

The holiday season is officially upon us! To mark the change in seasons, we have unveiled our new Winter Menu which includes stunning dishes featuring locally grown ingredients.  But, we didn’t stop there! We are proud to invite you to “Chef’s Brunch,” every Sunday from 11 AM-2PM.

Chef Raider has designed a fabulous menu to highlight his signature take on classic brunch dishes.

First up: Chilaquiles. House made tortilla chips smothered in our chili-verde, queso fresco, roasted chicken, cilantro, sweet red onion and sour cream.

Next: Smoked Salmon Benedict. House cured and smoked wild Alaskan salmon over a toasted English muffin with poached eggs, blackened tomato Hollandaise sauce and fresh herbs. Served with a side of fruit or homefries.

Smoked Salmon Benedict

Gluten free? Enjoy a savory Zucchini Flapjack. Shaved, local zucchini with fresh herbs, egg, rice flour and parmesan, pressed and pan-fried. Served with orange-cardamom compound butter and a thyme-honey drizzle.

Craving something sweet? How about a Marionberry & Cottage Cheese Stuffed French Toast? House made sourdough baguette stuffed with sweetened cottage cheese and marionberry compote. Topped with toasted coconut. De-lish!

Our flour tortillas are lovingly and authentically made in-house every morning by our lovely Chef Luisa. We have taken them and stuffed them through and through to bring you a breakfast burrito to top ALL burritos. It’s loaded with house refried beans, brown rice, cilantro, sweet red onion, scrambled eggs and Applewood smoked bacon. Topped with fresh pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole.

And lastly, but certainly not least, we have a Home Fry Bowl. Spicy and sure to fill you up! House cut russet potatoes, fried crispy and tossed with caramelized onions, black bean chili, wood-fired sweet red peppers, garlic, bacon, house made chili de arbol and blackening spice. Topped with fresh avocado, sour cream and melted pepperjack.

Home Fry Bowl

Kid’s Breakfast Plate: 2 pieces Applewood smoked bacon, 2 eggs any style, fresh fruit.

We also have several traditional  brunch cocktails and drink specials!

Again, “Chef’s Brunch” is every Sunday from  11AM – 2PM. Hope to see you there!

Standing Stone Set to Participate in 12th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival

The Ashland Culinary Festival is a yearly event that brings together some of the Valley’s biggest names in the Industry to celebrate Southern Oregon’s bounty of food, drink, talent and creativity.  Career chefs, aspiring junior chefs, “foodies,’ local vendors and the general public all congregate at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites for one weekend of cut throat competition in which 12 outstanding local chefs, and their respective sous chefs, compete for the title of “Top Chef.”

Guests will sip, sample and explore the over 30 vendors offering local wines, brews, spirits, food and culinary themed products from around the Rogue Valley. Last year’s Festival saw over 1,500 tickets sold, and this year is projected to be even bigger.  Standing Stone is incredibly proud to enter the competition with our Executive Chef, Raider Babcock representing the brew pub along with Sous Chef Jeff Hunt by his side. With a combined total of 40 years culinary experience, they are both ready to put their best knife forward when it comes to the competition.

Executive Chef Raider Babcock & Sous Chef Jeff Hunt

Asked what their plan of attack is: “We plan to utilize these amazing ingredients as creatively as possible,” said Raider. “We’re not scared.  A lot of people are scared of [secret] ingredients. We just see it as an opportunity to showcase them.”

“[Competitions like this] get the wheels turning for new ideas, new sauces, new toppings,’ said Jeff. ‘We also work exceptionally well together.'”

With a look of confidence Raider added, “It’s going to be a blast to showcase our abilities. We can’t wait.”

Jeff Hunt & Raider Babcock discussing upcoming menu items.

“The weekend also includes a ticketed event on Friday night (with a Mixology Competition and samplings), hands-on educational workshops, the 3rd annual Junior Chef competition, a Top Chef dinner and much more.  With lodging packages available and many fall adventures to experience in and around Ashland, this will be an exciting, culinary event that welcomes both locals and visitors from around the West Coast.” – Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Raider was recently invited to film a segment for KTVL Channel 10’s upcoming series “West Coast Flavors,” which will showcase the skills of some of the participating chefs in this year’s festival.  During filming, Raider met with the show’s host, News Anchor and Reporter Trish Glose, and talked about Standing Stone’s dedication to sustainability, a healthy community and lessening the restaurant’s eco-footprint. One of the topics he also touched on was our very own “One Mile Farm (OMF),” where we raise our own, free range cows and sheep just one mile away from the restaurant.

 

It was also here that he demonstrated his skills behind a kitchen range, executing a current restaurant special: OMF beef tenderloin served with blackened corn, roasted mushroom and kale risotto in a creamy, parmesan sauce & house made red wine demi-glace.

Filming on the set of “West Coast Flavors” with KTVL Channel 10’s Trish Glose

This specific special not only features our own grass fed, grass finished beef, but it highlights the use of locally grown, fresh produce and house made sauces.  It is currently available to our customers, for those of you who would like to sample a taste of Raider’s masterful execution.

OMF Beef Tenderloin

As the competition approaches, we here at Standing Stone invite our loyal and local customers to check out the action, in person, at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites on November 8th – 11 th. Join us as we spread our message of sustainability and community, and participate in the local camaraderie of our Industry. Hope to see you there!

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Introducing our new Chef Raider Babcock!

Standing Stone Brewing Company’s new Chef, Raider Babcock, was born on Super bowl Sunday 1981; the day the Raiders beat the Eagles.  His father named him Raider after the victorious football team.  And like his namesake team, Raider comes on the scene with his “guns blazing.”  He arrives at work on his bike; medium height, muscular build, fair-haired.  His 12” chef’s knife is tucked into the back of his apron, Like a Samurai he is ready for action.

Raider is busy from the moment he enters the kitchen.  He is checking inventory, creating new specials, organizing ingredients.  He switches easily between English and Spanish when communicating with kitchen staff.  Why he speaks Spanish so well?  “Four years of high school Spanish class, plus twenty years in kitchens.”

I sat with Raider at the bar at Standing Stone on a Saturday evening, in the slim space of time between a busy lunch and a busy dinner.  I asked Raider to tell me about his “Chef’s journey”; about where he started and how he came through, and how he got where he is now.

“Growing up in Lake Tahoe, eating out was very expensive, so my dad cooked for us. It was just the two of us my whole life. So, he cooked for us every single night.  And he cooked good food. Not gourmet, but good food.  And it was all scratch cooking.  That gave me the basis of it when I was a very small kid… And then my first legal job when I was 12 years old was a dishwasher and a prep cook in Tahoe at Squaw Valley.”

“All the way through high school I thought I wanted to be the next Bill Gates, so I was into computer engineering… hardware, software, writing programs and all that… My first job in college was an internship with Hewlett Packard.  I thought that was going to be my calling.  But, it turns out that pushing a cubicle for eight hours a day wasn’t exactly my speed.  So, after six months of that I got out of it and didn’t know what the hell I was doing…”

“What I was doing was cooking to pay my rent and my bills….. But in Sacramento it wasn’t exactly gourmet. … And then I kind of fell into the wrong crowd.  Then, I finally had a moment of clarity, a moment of realization that I was killing myself.  I called my Dad…… I hadn’t talked to him in years, but without a second thought he came and got me… I was able to load up my whole life into one pickup truck.  I left everything else behind and then came back to Tahoe.”

“So I found a job at a place called Plump Jack’s…… which is really, really fine dining.  For the first time I was able to cook really good food…. I got exposed to some really good culinary and got to work with some really good cooks. [It was] that speed and that energy for the first time and that was my niche and I fell right into in and loved it ever since.”

“That was in 2000 and ever since then I have been working my way up through kitchens; banquet chef, sous chef, line cook, pastry chef and so on.”

Ten years ago Raider got his first Executive Chef position, at Squaw Valley.  Three years after that he moved to Salem, Oregon.  During that time Raider and his wife took full advantage of their .5 acres.  They raised chickens and grew vegetables.  They had enough produce to feed themselves and to sell some back to the restaurant.”

“But, wanting to move closer to family they made the move to Ashland.  “We love the vibe.  We love the energy.  We love the people. We love the food.  We visited Ashland numerous times before we moved here. …  Every time we visited we fell more in love with the place.  They brought with them over 200 potted plants to restart their homestead.”

And now Raider finds himself at Standing Stone Brewing Company.  He says it’s a “dream come true… Honestly, this is the best crew, the nicest kitchen, I have worked in.  The food is my kind of pallet.  Everything is made from scratch.  Which you can do in volume, if you do it right. In fact it’s actually cheaper that way, and with a better product.  And that just makes sense to me.”

Game: either/Or

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Bacon or sausage? Bacon

Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla

Wine or Beer? Beer

About coming in to the position of Chef in a restaurant with a twenty year legacy:

“They just look at me and think: are you the same kind of chef or are you a different kind of chef? And, you know, of course, I come in with my guns blazing….I come in the middle of the summer, the busiest time…. But these people need to be able to see that.  Are you still going to be able to sustain that?  Are you going to be able to be the same guy? …That’s just who I am, so it will be pretty easy for me to sustain it.  But the energy level, the amount that you actually have to put out to make this thing work, it’s tough.  And I just need to get everybody to match that, and we will be just fine.

About teaching and training:

“I like people that I can mold and teach the way I do things.  I have a specific style and I know it.  All chefs do……There are so many different ways to skin a cat….but you got to learn how I skin it.  Because my way is, over the years of me doing it, the most efficient way, or the most productive way …. or simply the way not to hurt that cat. “

About challenges:

“Cooking is easy and I can teach anybody how to cook food.  I can’t teach everybody how to work together properly… to move at the same speed, to communicate really well with each other.”

“Consistency is the most important thing that we can do in this industry ….  If a customer comes in and has something one way.  They loved it.  They go back and tell all their friends how good it was.  Everyone then comes in and tries it and it’s different that time?  Nobody’s coming back….So we need to make sure that that person who had it amazing,  that is the way it’s done every time. “

2017 Winter Brewer’s Dinner- Wednesday, January 18th 6pm

2017 Winter Brewer's Dinner at Standing Stone

Our annual Winter Brewer’s Dinner is just around the corner- Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm. This has been a long time favorite event of ours and we are excited to be hosting yet another in our downtown Ashland brewpub. This five-course food and beer pairing, created by our Chef Javier and Brewer Larry Chase, will feature a seasonal menu sure to wow your taste buds. Seating is very limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Curious what we’ve got up our sleeves for the evening? Check out the menu for this year’s event:

1st Course: Citrine Pale with Shrimp Cake Micro Green Salad, Blood Orange Segments, Pickled Onions & Citrine Pale Vinaigrette

2nd Course: Twin Plunge IIPA with Red Lentil & Barley Curry Soup, Carrots, Potatoes, Yogurt and Cilantro Micro Greens

3rd Course: Milk & Honey Ale with 5 Spice Slow Roasted Pork Roast, Roasted Sweet Potato Purée & Beer Glaze

4th Course: Robust Porter with One Mile Farm Filet Mignon, Myriad Mycology Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Creamy Polenta, Roasted Carrots and Sautéed Kale.

5th Course: Barley Wine with Valley View Orchard Peach Bread Pudding, Cardamom Spiced Whipped Cream & Peach Coulis

This night is a great way for us to showcase the talent in the kitchen and upstairs in the brewery and we are thrilled with the menu the guys put together. The event will start at 6pm with a short “beer+cheese hour” to get you in the festive spirit of eating and drinking– and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Tickets are $75 per guest, including gratuity and can be purchased online or at our brewpub. This event sells out almost every year, so get those tickets fast– before someone else beats you to them!

Feel free to call us at 541-261-0021 or email samantha@standingstonebrewing.com with any questions.

Happy Holidays & we look forward to serving you at this year’s Winter Brewer’s Dinner!

Our One Mile Farm – As Local As It Gets!

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At Standing Stone, we are all proud of our commitment to local, organically grown and raised foods.  We especially appreciate the hard work of all the local farmers who provide the raw ingredients for much of our fare. Whether it’s hops from Alpha Beta Hop Farm  going into our handmade ales, or veggies from Fry Family Farms finding their way into one of Chef Javier’s awesome specials, we nurture relationships with like-minded food producers throughout the Rogue Valley.

When Standing Stone moved to make sourcing even more local by raising our own beef, we were especially excited and proud to work with Dave Westerberg of Valley View Farms . For years, Dave has used holistic, organic and sustainable farming practices raising cattle here in Ashland.  These practices are better for the cattle, the environment and consumers, and Dave’s farm presented the model we wanted to follow raising our own beef

Dave has brought his expertise and care to our One Mile Farm, 265 acres of pasture just down the street, where Standing Stone produces ALL of the beef products served in our restaurant, along with almost all of our lamb as well (Not to mention our buzzing bees producing honey used in our ales and sauces). The 50 or so cattle and 30 plus ewes we’re raising graze freely on open pasture using a management-intensive rotational system that helps rejuvenate the grass and soil, with the herds moved from one section to another sequentially.

One Mile Cow

The land and the cattle are chemical free – no fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones are used. This means that we only serve a very full-flavored grass-fed beef that’s humanely raised and free of chemicals. Not only does our grass-fed beef have health benefits such as higher Omega 3’s and key vitamins, it also contains lower saturated fat and cholesterol versus conventional beef.  On the environmental side, pastured beef systems have lower carbon emissions than feedlot-raised cattle, and help sequester carbon.

When it is time to take the cattle to slaughter, we bring the meat back to the restaurant in halves and quarters. Our trained kitchen staff performs all the butchering in house. It takes a full day of two or three chefs working around the clock to properly cut the beef. The burgers are fresh-ground and the steaks are specially cut.

So the next time you come down to the Standing Stone for a refreshing ale and dinner, and see the specialty steak of the day on the specials board, you can dine assured that the cut is freshly prepared and the meat came straight from a sustainable, humane farm right next door.

 

 

Pints for a Purpose-Rogue Valley Farm to School

We are ecstatic to welcome Rogue Valley Farm to School into our brewery this Tuesday, February 9th as the beneficiaries of our Pints for a Purpose program. On this evening, from 5-10pm, we will donate $2 from every pint sold to this amazing organization.

What about this makes us so excited? We have a chance to do what we do best (pouring great craft beers) to support local food, farms, education, and children. It’s a chance for us to give back to our community on our turf and a chance for our community to show their support for the great work the Rogue Valley Farm to School does.

“Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.”kids-768x576

But lets be real here: How AWESOME is this organization? We give them an 11 out of 10! They are working tirelessly to educate tomorrows generation about the importance of diet and how that connects to local food and farms.

As part of our mission at Standing Stone, we are committed to providing delicious craft beer and fare that utilizes locally grown ingredients and in turn supports small, local farms. We would like to thank Rogue Valley Farm to School for helping to support our mission and making it possible for the Rogue Valley to enjoy the rich bounties offered by our local farms.

For more information please visit Rogue Valley Farm to School’s website.

 

Standing Stone Brewing’s 2016 Annual Brewer’s Dinner

We’re excited to announce our Annual Brewer’s Dinner coming this February 18th at 6:30 PM.  Master Brewer Larry Chase and Chef Javier Cruz have worked together to create an amazing five course feast, paired perfectly with our finest ales.

A gathering of family and friends, old and new, make the Standing Stone Brewer’s Dinner a must attend event.  This year’s incredible menu features local and organic items from our neighboring growers, cheese from our friends at Rogue Creamery, not to mention lamb and beef from our own One Mile Farm.

Space is limited, so get your tickets today!  $75 per guest (gratuity included).  Tickets are available at Standing Stone Brewing Company or online at Standing Stone Brewing – Store.

We look forward to sharing this once a year evening with you – Cheers!

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5 Course Beer and Cheese Pairing

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Join our Head Brewer Larry Chase and Ring Master Tom Van Voorhies for a five course craft beer and cheese pairing. This event on December 10 at 7 pm will feature the finest of Standing Stone Brewing Company’s ales served with Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop’s amazing cheese.

To purchase tickets, please feel free to call us at the restaurant (541-488-2448 ext. 2) or come on down and have a delicious craft beer and purchase a ticket from your server. Don’t miss out, there are only a handful of tickets available!

 

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Get Your Fill During Eat Local Week, 9/11-9/20

buy local buy rogueWe’ll join just about any celebration dedicated to food and/or beer, and it’s even better if it’s featuring fresh, local goods. We’re excited to join Thrive’s annual Eat Local Week, September 11-20, alongside lots of other southern Oregon businesses. It’s a week of eating, drinking, and enjoying our region’s local bounty. What more could we ask for?

Thrive (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy) is southern Oregon’s resource for connecting local businesses and producers. They organize educational events all year long, and encourage local food production and consumption. We’ve been members for years, and always jump at the opportunity to create a new special in honor of the Eat Local Week Celebration.

Here’s what we have in store for our locally-themed menu special, available 9/11-9/20:

One Mile Farm Beef Burger on Potato Focaccia with Mama Terra Goat Cheese, Tulelake Horseradish & Fire-Roasted Barking Moon Farm Peppers. Served with Fry Family Farms Potato Chips

tomatoesYou can get involved in several ways, too. Dine at the restaurants listed online with local specials, and match them with local wine and beer where you can! Join any of the Eat Local Week classes, and get some education with your meal. Visit special events all week long, including the Tomato Taste-Off at the Grants Pass Growers Market, Jackson County Harvest Festival in Central Point, or the Salsa Showdown at the Saturday Growers Market in Medford.

If you’re camera-savvy, we also suggest checking out this year’s Selfie Photo Contest. Take a shot of yourself riding the blender bicycle at the Salsa Showdown, meeting animals at the Rogue Flavor Farm Tour, or making dinner at home with all local ingredients. Visit their website for contest instructions, and use #EatLocalRogue all week long.

Valley-wide, there’s plenty to do and eat all week long! Grab your food-loving friends and make plans to cruise around southern Oregon on a local cuisine adventure. We hope to see you at Standing Stone, around town and beyond, filling your belly with our area’s abundant, delicious goods.