Cooking in Ashland!
One of my most favorite people has relocated to Ashland recently.
I'm excited for this new chapter in his life and would love to pass on some great local food tips!
He is an adventurous vegetarian and a pretty decent cook. He mentioned finding the local food co-op and was quite happy with the extensive selection!
Any specialty shops for hard to find ethnic ingredients? Wonderful pick-your-own fruit options, regional heirloom vegetables that might be new to a relocated easterner? Food oriented festivals or Chow meetups?
He is quite excited to begin exploring the area so day trip suggestions are welcome too.
Thanks so much!
Bakeries, Breweries, Coffee, Wine, and more…
Deux Chats- My favorite place, down on A Street
Panaderia Del Pueblo-Medford
Mexican bakery on S. Central
Rise Up-wonderful breads
Sunstone-the best, I think, and they use locally grown wheat
Silly Zak’s-gluten free stuff
Village Bakery-DT Ashland
Cupcake Daily-Talent Inventive stuff
Caldera-locally brewed by guys who used to work at Rogue when it was here-destroyed in 1997 flood and never returned
http://www.calderabrewing.com/ tasting room DT Ashland on Water St.
Southern Oregon Brewing-Tasting room in Medford
Wild River Brewing-several locations
Bricktowne-DT Medford local brew pub Great stuff, the Red Ale especially
Beerworks-Beerstore in DT Medford
Noble-tremendous coffee and a neat place to hang out
Buckmaster- a respected Oregon brand
Evans Valley Roasting-small batch stuff from a local roaster
Evo’s Coffee House-funky and fun DT ashland
The Beanery-An Oregon small chain
We have over 100 wineries/vineyards and lots of folks growing grapes
(there is SO appellation+) so this is an overview.
Paschal and Trium in Talent are 2 of my favorites, but places to visit and sip stretch from here to the coast, and North to Roseburg.
Applegate wine trail
Organic Nation Spirits distilled in Ashland!
things I left out of Pt. 1
Willow- Witt Ranch
Organic Café in DT Medford
Wharf-fish market & cafe in Medford
Rogue Valley Fresh Seafood-fresh seafood brought in each day from the coast
Morning Glory-The best breakfast in Ashland
Hannah's Steam Laundry
We lost Allyson' Kitchen in Ashland to the recession,
Pot rack- Jville
Kitchen Company- GP
A southern Oregon take on a deli
Taylor's Sausage(meat I know, but wonderful stuff)Available at stores and at their country Store in Cave Junction
I still left out a lot of Asian places, Indian places, and Italian/European places, + a list of raw milk providers.
Look on the Willow-Witt site as they serve as a clearing house for local producers of stuff.
and places that serve meat, and various places/things I'm sure will become apparent
to me when it is too late to edit this post.
AS I said, before he can feel free to email me for travel/hiking/sightseeing stuff that doesn't have anything to do with food, as they tend to frown on that here on CH.
He'll like this place:
It does inspire me to whip up some daytrips involving food though. I supposed that will be pt. 3.
I think I can stick these in though:
I' still thinking about unique to the area vegetables. We can grow artichokes here, which is always fun if he's a gardener, and we have every variety of pear there is, I would imagine. And some tasty local honey. And when Rainer Cherries arrive, they are something to savor.
I'll have to get to work on part 3. :)
3 quick ones I realized too late:
luscious jams and other goodies
Rising Sun Farms-in Talent/Phoenix
Phoenix Farmer's Market-A permanent stand/store
also between Talent and Phoenix, just North of Rising Sun
Hazelnuts and truffles generally come from the Willamette Valley, but are sure to be available here somewhere.
And Dungeness Crab season just opened
They are the best!
Come for July 4th. Eccentric/traditional parade down Main Street, Shakespeare will be in full swing and Crater Lake should be fully open.
There's some more restaurants to add to this list + more
seasonal fruit/vegetable stands too.
If he's on FB, here's an open group he can join...
Farmer’s markets fruit stands, etc.
Rogue Valley Grower’s Market-
Tuesdays in Ashland at the new Armory
Thursdays in Medford at the Armory
Saturdays in Ashland-Downtown along Lithia Way
Saturdays in Medford
Winter Market at Hot Springs
Grants Pass Grower’s Market
Sugar Plum Acres-
Grocery Stores, Specialty Markets
Shop N Kart
Market of Choice
La Tapatia- Mexican Meat Market in Phoenix
Best Mexican food in the region
El Gallo-Mexican Market in Medford
Asian Market by Winco
Harry & David
Abu’s Oasis in GP-middle eastern supplies
Butte Creek Mill Eagle Point
Restaurants- Vegetarian Friendly and others
Bangkok’s Atchara in Talent
unique thai food by a native woman. Exquisite.
Arbor House in Talent
Always some vegetarian dishes on the menu
New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro in Talent
Wiley’s World Pasta
Ashland Raw Food Group
My friend belongs to this, so I’ll ask her, or he can ask at the
these folks live in town.
He can contact me at email@example.com
-use the numbers
Hope this helps.
I'll figure out what I've forgotten and add to this
PS: ShopNKart is a unique asset, a local large independent store
with a decidedly organic/local bent, knowledgeable employees,
lots of bargains, and willing to stock any and all foods by local producers.
Grocery Outlet is a West Coast chain with HQ in Berkeley.
Many threads on the SF and California boards about found bargains.
Great cheese and wine selection. Ours in Medford is very attuned to the community's wants and desires.
I also didn't include any CSA (forgot
)and also this olive oil startup,
+ Bakeries, Wine, Beer, spirits, and Coffee
Does your friend indulge in Seafood?
I guess those items will be part 2.
This guy's blog was a true asset, but he suddenly stopped posting last August.
Hope he starts writing again...
And here's a thread from our local all purpose forum...
Wow! You are fantastic! He will absolutely love these resources.
I'm not sure if he eats seafood...I'll inquire.
I'm sending him this link!
Your love of the area comes through...I forgot Dogoba was there. I used to do demo's of their products in natural foods stores. Great stuff and they seemed like a terrific company too.
Have a wonderful New Years!