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meatn3 Dec 29, 2012 07:46 PM

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!

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    w0x0f Feb 15, 2013 05:57 PM

    In addition to bbqboy's excellent lists, add Jacksonville Mercantile to your odd ingredients sources. We've found lots of things that we would have gotten at Allyson's (RIP) or off Amazon, or a trip the the Bay Area.

    http://www.jacksonvillemercantile.com/

    1. bbqboy Jan 6, 2013 02:41 PM

      Bakeries, Breweries, Coffee, Wine, and more…

      Artisan-Medford
      http://www.artisanbakery.biz/

      Berg’s-Medford
      http://www.bergsbakery.com/
      Buttercloud-Medford
      http://www.buttercloudbakery.com/

      Deux Chats- My favorite place, down on A Street
      http://deuxchats.com/

      Great Harvest-Medford
      http://www.greatharvest.com/

      Panaderia Del Pueblo-Medford
      Mexican bakery on S. Central

      Rise Up-wonderful breads
      http://riseupartisanbread.com/our-bread/
      Sunstone-the best, I think, and they use locally grown wheat
      http://sunstonebakery.com/
      Silly Zak’s-gluten free stuff
      http://sillyzaks.com/

      Village Bakery-DT Ashland
      http://artisan-bakers.com/our-products/the-village-baker-of-ashland/

      Larry’s Cakes
      http://www.yummykake.com/

      Cupcake Daily-Talent Inventive stuff

      http://thecupcakedaily.com/

      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
      http://www.sobrewing.com/

      Walkabout-in CP
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Walkabout-Brewing-Company/116327905062863

      Wild River Brewing-several locations
      http://www.wildriverbrewing.com/

      Bricktowne-DT Medford local brew pub Great stuff, the Red Ale especially
      http://www.bricktownebeer.com/

      Beerworks-Beerstore in DT Medford

      http://www.facebook.com/Beerworks

      Noble-tremendous coffee and a neat place to hang out
      http://www.noblecoffeeroasting.com/

      Buckmaster- a respected Oregon brand
      http://buckmastercoffee.com/

      Evans Valley Roasting-small batch stuff from a local roaster

      Evo’s Coffee House-funky and fun DT ashland
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Evos-Coffee-Lounge/158867770833198

      The Beanery-An Oregon small chain
      http://www.allannbroscoffee.com/beaneries/ashland_st_beanery.cfm

      We have over 100 wineries/vineyards and lots of folks growing grapes
      (there is SO appellation+) so this is an overview.
      http://www.winesnw.com/rogue.html

      http://www.oregonwinecountry.org/wine/appellations.php

      http://newsroom.oregonwine.org/articles/355943/elevation-of-an-appellation-southern-oregon-wine-i/
      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.

      Sorwa.org
      http://www.sorwa.org/

      Applegate wine trail
      http://applegatewinetrail.com/

      Organic Nation Spirits distilled in Ashland!
      http://organicnationspirits.com/

      things I left out of Pt. 1

      Willow- Witt Ranch
      http://www.willowwittranch.com/

      Organic Café in DT Medford

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Organic-Natural-Cafe/156973854363560

      Wharf-fish market & cafe in Medford
      http://www.medfordwharf.com/

      Rogue Valley Fresh Seafood-fresh seafood brought in each day from the coast
      http://www.roguevalleyfreshseafood.com/

      Thrive
      http://www.buylocalrogue.org/

      Morning Glory-The best breakfast in Ashland
      http://morninggloryrestaurant.com/home.html

      Hannah's Steam Laundry

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760612

      Kitchen stuff-

      We lost Allyson' Kitchen in Ashland to the recession,
      Damn Bankers

      Pot rack- Jville
      http://www.jacksonvillepotrack.com/

      Kitchen Company- GP
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kitchen-Company/148366025186477

      A southern Oregon take on a deli

      MacLevin’s-Jville

      http://www.maclevinsonline.com/

      Sauce-Ashland
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sauce-makes-it-tasty-Cafe/283640414992648

      Taylor's Sausage(meat I know, but wonderful stuff)Available at stores and at their country Store in Cave Junction

      http://taylorsausage.com/
      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:
      http://www.northwestnatureshop.com/

      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:
      http://traveloregon.com/cities-regions/southern-oregon/
      http://www.southernoregonmagazine.com/

      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. :)

      5 Replies
      1. re: bbqboy
        bbqboy Jan 6, 2013 06:07 PM

        3 quick ones I realized too late:
        http://penningtonfarms.net/
        luscious jams and other goodies

        Rising Sun Farms-in Talent/Phoenix
        http://www.risingsunfarms.com/pilot.asp

        Phoenix Farmer's Market-A permanent stand/store
        also between Talent and Phoenix, just North of Rising Sun
        http://www.localharvest.org/phoenix-f...

        Hazelnuts and truffles generally come from the Willamette Valley, but are sure to be available here somewhere.
        And Dungeness Crab season just opened
        finally!
        They are the best!

        1. re: bbqboy
          c oliver Jan 17, 2013 07:20 PM

          Wow! The Rogue Valley Visitors Bureau (or whatever it's callled) should hire you. This is amazing.

          1. re: bbqboy
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            IAMRICH Jan 26, 2013 01:37 PM

            I agree with C Oliver - these lists are amazing. Perfect for us as we are new to the valley.. I can't wait to check out some of these.
            We just tried SmithFields today.. It was top quality!

            1. re: IAMRICH
              bbqboy Jan 26, 2013 06:47 PM

              thanks, Rich.
              I'm working(lazily) on pt 3 with a lot more meat in it +
              changes taking place and CSA's as they open up.

          2. re: bbqboy
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            SCF Dec 19, 2013 06:03 PM

            Yummykake/Larry's Cakes: closed, sadly

            In Grants Pass, the pies from The Upper Crust are not to be missed, although I can't swear they are vegetarian. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Up...

          3. bbqboy Dec 30, 2012 01:35 PM

            Hey meatn3, I welcome your friend to our Valley.
            I'll work up a list with suggestions for all of the above.
            Bill

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            1. re: bbqboy
              meatn3 Dec 30, 2012 06:47 PM

              Bill -
              That will be terrific!

              He arrived just before Christmas and has been setting up his apartment and doing a bit of exploring. So far he seems quite happy!

              This could be the excuse I need to finally make it out to this area of the country for a visit...

              1. re: meatn3
                bbqboy Dec 31, 2012 01:50 PM

                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...
                http://www.facebook.com/groups/inAshland/

                Farmer’s markets fruit stands, etc.

                Rogue Valley Grower’s Market-
                http://www.rvgrowersmarket.com/
                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
                http://www.visitgrantspass.org/Index.aspx?page=1081

                Sugar Plum Acres-
                http://www.sugarplumacres.info/

                SOS fruit
                http://www.sosales.com/

                Grocery Stores, Specialty Markets

                Shop N Kart
                http://ashlandshopnkart.com/desktop.html
                Winco

                Market of Choice
                http://www.marketofchoice.com/

                Grocery Outlet
                http://www.groceryoutlet.com/Medford-OR/
                Ashland Coop
                http://www.ashlandfood.coop/
                Medford Coop
                http://medfordfood.coop/
                Trader Joes

                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
                http://abusoasisdeli.com/

                Gooseberries GP

                Butte Creek Mill Eagle Point
                http://buttecreekmill.com/

                Restaurants- Vegetarian Friendly and others

                Dragonfly
                http://dragonflyashland.com/

                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
                Beard nominee

                Greenleaf
                http://www.greenleafrestaurant.com/

                Tot’s
                http://www.totrestaurant.com/

                Pangea
                http://www.pangeaashland.com/

                Thai Pepper/Kobe
                http://thaipepper-kobe.com/

                Summer Jo’s-super place on their own farm in GP
                http://www.summerjo.com/

                Wiley’s World Pasta
                http://www.wileysworld.com/

                Ashland Raw Food Group
                My friend belongs to this, so I’ll ask her, or he can ask at the
                Coop.
                Raw family
                http://www.rawfamily.com/
                these folks live in town.

                Food producers
                Next to each other in Central Point
                LillieBelle Chocolates
                http://www.lilliebellefarms.com/
                Rogue Creamery
                http://www.roguecreamery.com/store/

                Amy’s

                Maranatha
                http://www.maranathafoods.com/
                Dagoba

                http://www.dagobachocolate.com/

                Local organizations

                https://www.localfoodmarketplace.com/roguevalley/

                He can contact me at bbqboyfiftytwo@gmail.com
                -use the numbers
                Hope this helps.
                I'll figure out what I've forgotten and add to this
                sometime soon.
                Bill
                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,
                http://www.roguevalleybrambles.com/Copper_Hill.html
                + 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...
                http://bloggingashland.wordpress.com/

                And here's a thread from our local all purpose forum...
                http://www.roguevalleyforum.com/forum...

                1. re: bbqboy
                  meatn3 Dec 31, 2012 06:19 PM

                  Bill,

                  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!
                  Cat

                  1. re: bbqboy
                    c oliver Dec 31, 2012 06:36 PM

                    Wow, indeed! I wish I'd had that list when we lived in Grants Pass. I'll pass along to friends. thanks.

                    1. re: c oliver
                      bbqboy Jan 1, 2013 01:58 PM

                      Hey Ms. Oliver, thanks for checking in and reminding me of
                      our conversation about Hannah's Steam Laundry last year.
                      I'll add it to part 2. :)

                    2. re: bbqboy
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                      oregoncook Jan 5, 2013 01:41 PM

                      Hey, thank you for such a complete and terrific update, bbqBill!
                      It makes me wish I got down to your area more often. But this new list will be with me when I do!
                      Thanks.

                      1. re: oregoncook
                        bbqboy Jan 5, 2013 02:07 PM

                        Check back, OC. I'm working on Part 2.

                      2. re: bbqboy
                        meatn3 Jan 5, 2013 08:32 PM

                        He has reintroduced seafood to his diet and has been pleased with the variety and price in Ashland.

                        He was quite appreciative of having such an amazing resource!

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