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FFinding fresh, local produce and foods is not a problem in McMinnville. We have a year-round public market, a seasonal farmer’s market held in downtown McMinnville, and many local CSAs to join. Strong support in the community for local foods, wines, and craftsmen has resulted in a rich and vibrant community of growers, eaters, creators, and connoisseurs.
McMinnville Farmers’ Market
In historic downtown McMinnville since 2001, the McMinnville Farmers’ Market offers farm fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, herbs, flowers, food and craft items. There is live music and wine tasting each week, providing the perfect atmosphere for the community to gather and shop. The McMinnville Farmers’ Market is sponsored, promoted and facilitated by the McMinnville Downtown Association.
- Located on Cowls Street between 2nd and 3rd.
- May 26 – October 13, 2011
- Thursdays, 1:30pm to 6:00pm
A four season gathering of Artistis, Writers, Farmers, Wine Makers, Musicians, Chefs, Purveyors, Hounds and Local Celebrities. The mission of the McMinnville Public Market is to serve farmers, artists, winemakers and similar by providing a dynamic, eclectic retail environment that epitomizes Oregon Wine Country. The McMinnville Public Market is a private venture but one that’s very much community and service minded.
- Located at 845 NE 5th Street in McMinnville, OR 97128, on the corner of 8th and Alpine.
- Saturdays 10am to 3pm
Slow Food Yamhill County – slowfoodyamhillcounty.blogspot.com
Back in January 2008, a group of people interested in local food issues got together and formed Slow Food Yamhill County. Their goal is to increase awareness, availability and access to local food. For more information, e-mail Nicole at email@example.com or Judi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs)
Local Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs) provide the opportunity for people to invest directly in a farm and receive a share of that local farmer’s crops throughout the year. Investing in a farm can reap many benefits, plus it can help the farmer out by providing them with the resources to build on their supplies, buy equipment from companies like Costex as well as others, and give them that essential support. Below are some examples of active CSA programs in the McMinnville area.
Oakhill Organics – Dayton, Oregon – www.oakhillorganics.org
Joyfully growing vegetables & a family on Grand Island, Oregon. Casey & Katie Kulla, a husband and wife farming team started Oakhill Organics in 2006 by growing on just one rented acre of ground southwest of McMinnville, Oregon. Later that first year, they purchased 17.5 acres on Grand Island (a river island in the Willamette, just south of Dayton). They grow Oregon Tilth Certified Organic vegetables: everything from arugula to zucchini. They sell all of their vegetables within Yamhill County, their CSA program and to several fine restaurants in McMinnville and Amity. Because of this ever-growing success, they may want to think about expanding their services more by enlisting the help of places like urban-gro.com to see how their room designs for an indoor growing facility can ensure that their vegetables have the ability to grow in all weather conditions.
Growing Wild Farm – McMinnville, Oregon www.growingwildfarm.com
Andre and Sheila Jaillet have a 14 acre family farm located 7-miles south of McMinnville. They purchased the land in the summer of 2006. They aim to provide high quality food products, from annual vegetables and seasonal fruit to pasture raised meat and eggs, as well as value added products like dried tomatoes and mushrooms, and hand crafted cutting boards from oaks that have fallen and been milled from their land.
Kookoolan Farms – Yamhil, Oregon – www.kookoolanfarms.com
“A small, diversified family farm in Yamhill, Oregon, committed to organic farming practices, rotational grazing, grass-based animal husbandry, humane animal handling practices, and producing the healthiest, best-tasting, premium poultry in Oregon.”