The arrival of May brings with it our beloved seasonal weekly neighbors, the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market. Every Saturday, the first weekend in May through the first weekend in November, from 9am-1pm we are fortunate to have fresh goods and produce right outside our front door on Oak St. in Ashland, OR!
Our menu and specials board highlight fresh and seasonal ingredients from local farms and suppliers this spring, and shopping out front on our street makes buying these goods even easier. Right now, we particularly love mushrooms and nettles from Mushrooms All Year, Rapini from Fry Family Farm and Radishes and Rutabaga from Barking Moon Farm. Also, we’re thrilled to see Standing Stone’s own Cameron Meeks at Myriad Mycology, offering education and products all about medicinal mushrooms.
According to the Rogue Valley Growers “In Season” webpage, here are some of the foods and goods you can expect to look forward to as the season progresses from late spring to early summer: radishes, peas, basil, strawberries, asparagus, honey, arugula, onions, lettuces and fresh-cut flowers. You’ll also find great wood-crafted and ceramic items to purchase for gifts or entertaining.
To celebrate the season we will be selling our own farm-fresh eggs on Saturday mornings starting in June. Already, we have more eggs from our pasture-raised hens than we can possibly use in the kitchen, and we’ve been selling crates to Mix Sweet Shop down the street so they can use free-range eggs from Ashland in their delicious desserts and pastries. We’re designing our own egg carton label and boxes are on their way, so expect to see eggs for purchase inside our front doors in the next few weeks.
With sunny mornings ahead, we encourage you to make a day of wandering outdoors and journey from the Growers and Crafter Market to the Lithia Artisans Market along the creek behind the plaza. Both outdoor events present plenty to browse and enjoy, offering a great overall taste of Southern Oregon. After you finish, be sure to stop by Standing Stone for a beer and food on the patio to take in the good weather and look over your new stash of irresistible market goods, and feel great knowing you’re supporting a vibrant and talented local community.