We love autumn since it’s peak harvest season for local farms. This week is “Eat Local Week,” a time to celebrate and savor the bounty. Of course, since we’re a brewery, we like to think of it as Eat and Drink Local Week. We also think every week should be Eat Local Week!
If you’re in the Rogue Valley, check out the event lineup and sign up for the Eat Local Challenge. We’re offering menu specials (vote for us if you like them) and will be participating in THRIVE’s Rogue Flavor fundraising dinner on September 19. If you live elsewhere, look for similar campaigns or join us virtually and cook up something in your area next year.
Here at Standing Stone, sourcing from producers is a priority. Chef Eric Bell loves to check out the local Growers Markets to find the best of our region’s offerings. There are lots of benefits to filling your plate with homegrown goodness. For starters, fresh, local food tastes better, and it’s often more nutritious. Buying local preserves regional farmland, supports like minded small businesses and keeps our dollars circulating in our economy. We also reduce the environmental footprint needed to transport ingredients.
In honor of Eat Local Week, here’s a spotlight on some of the local producers who make our menu so delicious. Stop by and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
Produce: We source from a diverse group of small-scale organic and sustainable growers in our Rogue Valley region. These include Fry Family Farm, HappyDirt Veggie Patch, Barking Moon Farm, multiple members of the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative and Village Farm. We love to feature farms in our specials, so check our specials board to meet your farmer.
Full Circle Bison Ranch provides the delicious, healthful, grass-fed bison we use. Located a stone’s throw away in Williams, Ore., they’re Certified Organic (no hormones, antibiotics or additives) and raise their animals on expansive pasture.
Noble Coffee Roasting is located just a few blocks away. They source exceptionally high-quality organic coffee directly from farmers through fair trade practices and work with producers on community development projects.
Rogue Creamery is an award-winning artisan cheese maker down the road in Central Point, Ore. They use local, sustainable sources and have earned the Food Alliance’s Certified Sustainable label.
Valley View Beef is nestled 4 miles away in Ashland, OR. The cattle graze freely on chemical-free pasture year round and don’t receive any hormones, antibiotics or synthetic chemicals. Our very own chickens are on the same farm, sharing the pasture in a rotational grazing system.