Standing Stone Brewing Company

Growers & Crafters Market/Farmers Market

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Fresh Return of Saturday Growers & Crafters Market in Ashland

GRK53239_edited-1The 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 radishes barking moonproducts 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.IMGP7601_edited-4

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.

Enjoy Farm-Fresh Specials and Tours During Eat Local Week 2012

We’re chomping down on one of our favorite local celebrations of the year – Eat Local Week, organized by THRIVE (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy). This year the festivities run September 7th-16th, and include great ways for recognizing the fresh and fantastic food that’s grown, raised or produced in our region. It’s also a chance for Southern Oregon businesses to highlight local ingredients in food, offer tastings, teach class demonstrations, host tours and more.

For the celebration, our specials board at Standing Stone is chalked extra full of local farm names and the fresh ingredients they’re bringing us during the peak harvest season in the Rogue Valley. We’re also featuring eggs and beef from our farmland on our menu and as specials every day. And of course, the beer on tap at Standing Stone is always locally brewed, served fresh from our brewing tanks to your pint glass.

This year we’re serving up a Standing Stone farm tour on the menu of Rogue Valley events for Eat Local Week. Friday, September 14th at 6pm we’re talking a guided walk around our pastures and everyone is welcome to join! We’ll be introducing all our farm animals, talking about our compost program, and enjoying the view from our hillside on Eagle Mill Rd. We recommend bringing your favorite farm boots as there’s lots of ground to cover and tall grass to stroll through.

To get there from Standing Stone, follow Oak St. to the very bottom (about a mile down the road) and take a right on to Eagle Mill Rd. Immediately after the overpass, our farm entrance is the next driveway on the left. We’ll have lots of room for bicycle parking inside our pastures and encourage everyone to use their two-wheeled transportation to enjoy the fresh air and great views.

Remember, there are lots of other fun ways to get involved with Eat Local Week, too. Here are some other suggestions for celebrating this tasty annual affair:

  • Pledge to eat local all week with the Eat Local Challenge. Record your participation and be entered to win a gift certificate for the Rogue Valley Local Foods Online Market.
  • Attend one (or more) of the many film showings with the Food for Thought Film Festival.
  • Visit your favorite weekly Growers and Crafters Market and meet the farmers and producers this week is all about! For the occasion, in addition bringing together wonderful local vendors showcasing their fresh and tasty foods, the market will host chef demonstrations and tomato tastings.
  • Sign up for the Rogue Flavor Farm Tour and Dinner, Sunday, September 16th. The daylong adventure includes tours of farms in Eagle Point and Sams Valley, followed by food and music at local winery, Cliff Creek Cellars.

We hope to see you on our Standing Stone Farm tour, and in the brewpub enjoying any of our locally inspired dishes. On Saturdays, delight in heaps of fresh goodies at the Growers and Crafters Market right outside our front doors on Oak St. from 8:30-1:30pm, and stop in for breakfast or lunch once you’ve worked up appetite from perusing the yummy fare.

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Morning Lovers Rejoice! Standing Stone Breakfast Returns and Expands May 5th

It’s officially springtime in Southern Oregon, and with its arrival comes the return of breakfast at Standing Stone! We start serving scrumptious morning meals this year on May 5th, matching the beginning date for the Saturday Growers and Crafters Market in Ashland, OR.

Last year, we launched our first-ever breakfast service to coincide with the Growers and Crafters Market’s new weekend location – downtown on Oak St, right in front of Standing Stone. With fresh produce right outside our front door, we couldn’t possibly miss out on the opportunity to whip up locally inspired breakfast meals and beverages to match.

This year, we’re expanding this well-received offering by serving breakfast starting at 8am on both Saturdays and Sundays, celebrating morning meals all weekend long. Breakfast will be available until 2pm, with our lunch and dinner menu items available from 11:30am. Even better, breakfast will continue after the Saturday market season ends. We’ll be serving breakfast year-round!

With the Standing Stone Farm Project well under way and our chickens happily laying, we’ll feature pasture-raised eggs from our farm on Eagle Mill Rd. As the planting and growing season continues in Southern Oregon, we’ll also use a variety of herbs and veggies from our rooftop garden and the market in quiches, omelets, scrambles, scones and more.

Of course, we won’t forget the breakfast beverages, too. We have our Noble Coffee Stout on tap, which combines our Oatmeal Stout with a generous kick of Noble Coffee Roaster’s Mokha Java blend. Or, try a lighter beer to perfectly pair with your morning pastry. We also have an espresso bar featuring Noble Coffee’s World Tour roast. For breakfast-lovers of all ages, fresh-squeezed Orange Juice is always available, as is organic Apple Cider and Cherry or Ginger Lemonade.

Here’s a sneak peek at our breakfast menu, with lots of weekly specials to come, too. We also have kids’ options available and lots of great sides to make a perfect breakfast plate.:

Two Pasture-Raised Eggs with Toast and Marionberry Jam
Chilaquiles with Blue Corn Chips
Quiche of the Day
Oregon Coast Shrimp and Crab Cake Benedict
Salmon Omelette

*All above served with Homefries

Buckwheat Pancakes
Oatmeal Molasses French Toast
Breakfast Burrito

Be sure to stop by for breakfast and the Growers and Crafters Market on Saturday, and check us out on Sundays, too. Just like our craft beer and terrific lunch and dinner offerings, breakfast is here to enjoy year-round.

Top 11 Standing Stone Brewing Happenings for 2011

As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back and celebrate the great things we’ve been a part of, and the employees, vendors, customers and community that made it all happen. Here’s our top 11 for 2011 at Standing Stone Brewing Co.

11.We remodeled and got a new neighbor

After months of work by Alex and the remodeling team, Emz Blendz and Hanson Howard Gallery settled into refreshed, functional spaces that preserve the character of our historic building. Phase two – creating additional office and kitchen space – continues.

10. Our beer took the national stage at SAVOR

The Brewers Association selected us for SAVOR, an exclusive craft beer and fine food event in Washington, DC. Attendees enjoyed – and raved about – Milk and Honey and other selections.

9. We amped up our events

Our summer “Music and Brews” series featured an increased array of bands across an extended season that made for great afternoons on our patio through October. We held our annual Pumpkins and Pints event on our new farmland with our biggest turnout ever. Thanks to all who helped create fun and community!

8. Employees got fitter together

Our RPM bike commuting program rolled into its second year with 35 participating employees. We fielded two teams in the Siskiyou Challenge Relay and earned the best costume prize. Supported by Standing Stone, server David Conley qualified for the XTerra triathlon national championships and represented us proudly. Server and yoga instructor Lindsay Holy continued to lead employees through fabulous classes. A group of SSBC employees is training for half marathon in May 2012.

7. Our sustainability efforts gained traction and inspired others

Other businesses started employee bike commuting programs and installed bike racks, motivated by our efforts. Our efforts gained notice including Oregon Sustainable Business’ Innovation award, the Ashland Conservation Commission’s Conservation Hero award, BTA’s Alice Award and a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business designation. We’re touched, and geared up to do more.

6. The Ashland Growers & Crafters Market moved to our street

We welcomed our favorite local farmers and food producers to Oak St for the weekly market, and launched a Saturday brunch in their honor. The market and our brunch will be back in the spring of 2012!

5. Brewmaster Larry Chase crafted a slate of fabulous specialty beers

Larry delivered a diversity of well-received specialty and seasonal beers, including I Heart Oregon, Jefferson Common, Indie Pilsner, NPK Ale, Hop Night, Chocolate Stout, Madrone Red, Benefit Bock and more.

4. Customers enjoyed Pints for a Purpose

We revamped our giving program (where we donate a portion of specialty beer sales to nonprofits) to invite non-profits to apply, then voted for recipients and held kickoff events to build community involvement. Thanks to all who enjoyed specialty beers (over 2,000 pints) to help us donate more than $900 across Rogue Valley Farm to School, AIFF and Mt Ashland Give a Kid a Lift.

3. There’s a garden on our roof

Seeking to bring our food production in house, we put a container garden on our roof. Customers enjoyed greens, tomatoes, tomatilloes, herbs and more harvested just steps from our kitchen.

2. New babies joined our family

Standing Stone couples Alex and Danielle, Eric and Sophie, Rachel and Rob, and Ashley and Matt became the proud parents of beautiful babies. We can’t get enough of them!

1. We started a farm!

Realizing a long held goal to farm, we signed a lease for 260 acres of City land, which is home to our cattle, egg laying and poultry chickens, sheep and sheepdogs. Our community joined us there for our Pumpkins and Pints event, and we’re planning more ways to welcome folks.

Thanks for helping make 2011 so fantastic. We look forward to an even better 2012 together!

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Savor the Fine Fresh Fare Dowtown Ashland November 5th and 6th

We just heard some great news! The Ashland, OR Growers and Crafters Market that takes place out front of our restaurant on Oak Street every Saturday will extend its season one more week to coincide with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Food and Wine Classic. We couldn’t be happier that these two fun festivities will be together downtown the weekend of November 5th and 6th, right next to Standing Stone! Both events have a “local” theme in common, with workshops on shopping in your local community, and vendors at both venues offering fresh, local fare.

The Food and Wine Classic showcases our region’s premier culinary artists and local bounty through a weekend of workshops and a Chef Showdown at the Historic Ashland Armory from Noon to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. This year, seven talented chefs will compete against 2010 Top Chef Chandra Corwin for the reigning title, creating dishes with surprise fresh ingredients, unveiled right as the cook-off begins.

During the Chef Showdown, Standing Stone will be pouring beer among over 30 other local vendors. We’ll be serving up tastes of some of our cherished brews, and selling pints for those who thirst for a bit more. There will also be wine and sweet and savory fare, and the beloved dessert competition on Saturday from 2-3pm.

The Food & Wine Classic will also include workshops to help you make the most of local foods. Guests can purchase a variety of admission packages to attend events over the course of the weekend. Visit the Chamber of Commerce website for ticket and package info. We suggest Saturday morning’s workshop How to Shop Your Farmer’s Market – Shop and Tour Ashland’s Saturday Grower’s Market.

Don’t miss out on the last chance to browse fresh, local produce straight from our local farms right downtown in Ashland. And if you live in the area, remember the Tuesday Ashland Growers and Crafters Market continues until November 22nd, with even more fall harvest to savor.

We hope to see you downtown this first weekend in November!

Breakfast is Served During the Growers & Crafters Market

(Photo: Eric Bell)

At our restaurant and craft brewery we’re always happy to try something new in line with what’s in season. This spring, for the first time ever, Standing Stone is open for breakfast at 8 AM on Saturdays to coincide with the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market’s new location on Oak Street in Ashland, OR (right outside our front door).

We’re thrilled that fresh local produce, food artisans, creative crafters and our favorite growers have come to our block, so we’re continuing the festivities inside by offering breakfast. Our breakfast menu features eggs from our own free-range chickens, house-made breads and scones, bacon, house yogurt, local fruit and veggies, regional seafood and much more. Here’s what we have on our plates for you:

  • 2 Eggs with Toast and Marionberry Jam

    Crab Omelette...mmmm! (Photo: Eric Bell)

  • Chilaquiles with Tortillas, Black Beans, Chorizo, Queso Fresco and Salsa
  • Quiche of the day
  • Oregon Coast Dungeness Crab Omelette
  • Oatmeal-Molasses French Toast with Real Maple Syrup
  • Granola with House Yogurt & Blackberries
  • Breakfast Burrito with Eggs, Bacon, Monterey Jack, Black Beans and Potatoes

Sides

  • Idaho Rainbow Trout
  • Bacon
  • Hill Farms Ham
  • Local fruit
  • Savory Scone
  • Cranberry Scone
  • Avocado

For beverages, we invite those of age to start the day off right with a pint of our Noble Stout, our Oatmeal Stout infused with Noble Coffee Roasting’s Mokha Java. The bartender is happy whip up a morning smoothie made with spinach, apple and blackberries. We also have fresh-squeezed orange juice, housemade lemonades, and espresso from Noble Coffee Roasting. Or, mix your orange juice with the Zardetto Prosecco to make a morning mimosa!

(Photo: Eric Bell)

Whatever your preference for getting your morning going, we’re here to please your palate. Stop in while you’re downtown Ashland on Saturday mornings.

Breakfast items are available from 8-2. We start serving our full menu at 11:30 AM as usual, with more locally inspired specials to be found on our daily specials board. Come in and check out all the ways we’re celebrating the arrival of Spring and the bounty of our region.