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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.

Employee Entrepreneurs: Cameron Meeks with Myriad Mycology

We interviewed Standing Stone server Cameron Meeks about his business, Myriad Mycology, and its history.  Make sure to check out the video below and hear what he has to say.  Or, if you’re more of the reading type, take a look at the post below.

A handful of Standing Stone employees here have their own small businesses that they maintain while putting in time as our coworkers.  We have a wide range of entrepreneurs; one has their own baking business, and another a swimwear line.  We also have professional photographers and graphic designers.

Cameron examines mycelium in his one of his labs (photo courtesy of C. Meeks.)

Cameron examines mycelium in his one of his labs. (Photo courtesy of C. Meeks.)

One employee runs a business based around mycology. What’s mycology you ask?  It’s the study of mycelium, the vegetative part of fungus.  Basically, the roots of mushrooms.  In the case of Cameron Meeks, it’s the study and mass production of mushrooms for medicinal benefits.  Long story short, Cameron is a mushroom guru: he grows medicinal mushrooms in his lab, as well as harvests those natural to southern Oregon.  His business is called Myriad Mycology, and is based out of Talent, Oregon.  Mushrooms can provide a multitude of medicinal benefits, ranging from bolstering the immune system to slowing the growth of cancerous tumors.  They’ve been found to treat autoimmune diseases such as HIV and Leukemia.  However, mycology and its medicinal properties are largely unexplored, which is one reason why Cameron started his business.

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Bounty of mushrooms after a hike with Cameron. (Photo courtesy of N. Blakeslee.)

His mycology business began just over two years ago, and focuses on the production of several key medicinal varietals.  The business has grown rapidly recently, doubling the size of his lab and his overall output in less than half a year.   Additionally, Cameron takes people out on mushroom hikes from time-to-time, sharing his knowledge of mushrooms with those who come along.

Most of all, Myriad Mycology provides bulk medicinal powder, both in small and large scale production.  Cameron sends large quantities to pharmaceutical companies, and also provides smaller packages for the individual consumer.  His products are available on his website, as well as the Tuesday Growers and Crafters Market in Ashland (which starts back up again in March).

If you have any questions for Cameron, you can reach him by email at cameron@myriadmycology.com, and look to his webpage if you wish to find out more information on what he does.

We’ll continue to have more conversations with our entrepreneurial employees in the future, so keep an eye out for great southern Oregon small businesses!

 

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Spotlight on Noble Coffee Roasting: Part 2 of 2

We love our local business partners in Ashland, Oregon. Noble Coffee Roasting is an award-winning craft coffee producer located just a few blocks away, and we proudly brew their coffee and espresso at Standing Stone. Last week we posted Part One of our interview with owner, Jared Rennie, all about responsible sourcing how the business started. Now, we continue with more about Noble Coffee Roasting, including how to brew and use great coffee at home.

What are some of the ways Noble Coffee has worked to benefit coffee producers and communities?

Describing how Noble Coffee has benefited our producer-partners would take many words to fully explain. To keep it simple, we develop relationships with producers, and then we fully support them. Here are some examples…

  • We have paid for the organic certification for two of our producer-partners.
  • We have operated fundraisers that have provided funds, computers, printers, and school supplies to producing communities.
  • We name our coffees after the producers and farms themselves, so as to give them credit for growing the fruit that they do.
  • We pay based on cupping scores. This means that a coffee that scores 88 out to 100 earns more money than a coffee scoring 86 points. This creates an incentive for producers to constantly be improving.
  • We provide feedback based on quality that allows producers to improve their crops which, in turn, helps them to demand higher prices for their product.

What’s the best way to store and prepare coffee at home?

  • Buy high-quality, certified organic coffee.
  • Buy coffee that offers a roast date.
  • Buy coffee that is freshly-roasted and brew it within two weeks from the roast date.
  • Grind your beans with a high-quality burr grinder (like Baratza) just before brewing.
  • Use filtered water (Brita is great).
  • Make sure to use the appropriate temperature, right around 200 degrees.
  • Use the appropriate quantity of coffee (around 2 grams of coffee per 1 ounce of water).
  • Know more about the chemistry of brewing coffee… Coffee is the most complex food that we consume in terms of flavonoids, and therefore antioxidants. If you’re interested in more hands on learning, please write us at education@noblecoffeeroasting.com for information on brewing classes.

What are some ways to use coffee in food recipes, too?

Coffee can be used for all kinds of great stuff! Finely ground coffee is great for a rub on meats, is a great addition to chocolate frosting, and mole sauces. Cold-brewed concentrates are amazing in cocktails, and these concentrates can also be diluted over ice for a great warm-weather treat.

Thanks again, Jared! You can find Noble Coffee on Fourth Street in Ashland, and also at their walk-up window downtown on the plaza (open April-October). Or, come in to Standing Stone for a handful of Noble-inspired drinks and treats. We brew Noble coffee and espresso, as well as our specialty Noble Stout – our Oatmeal Stout infused with Mokha Java blend cold-press coffee. Or, to satisfy your sweet tooth, try our Stir Crazy Cake, made with dark chocolate and Noble coffee. Whatever your choice, enjoy the opportunity to savor award-winning delights brewed up locally in Ashland.

All photos courtesy of Noble Coffee Roasting