As of Wednesday, October 21, 2015
With winter on the way, it is a good time to fill up your home pantry with the tasty bounty from our area farms. Gorge residents are no strangers to ice storms, wildfires, and other events that can leave residents relying on their own stored food. The Rockford Grange, 4250 Barrett Road, Hood River, is hosting a market event Nov. 7 that will help Gorge residents stock up for winter with storable food products grown and sold by local farmers. This one-day event will run from 2-6 p.m., offering products from over 20 different farm and food businesses in this area. Shoppers can buy in quantity, with many vendors offering discounts for larger volume purchases.
Locally-grown products for sale will include: potatoes, onions, garlic, root crops, winter squash, carrots, cabbage, dry beans, wheat flour, wheat berries, rye flour, flour corn, pancake mix, honey, jams, jellies, beef, pork, lamb, fresh and dried fruit, frozen berries, dried herbs, herbal tea blends, infused vinegars, kombucha, sparkling kefir, soaps, salves, and lotions.
OSU Extension staff and Master Food Preservers will be on hand to demonstrate proper food storage and preservation techniques. Grow Organic will demonstrate home-scale food processing equipment and offer some of these products for sale. Visitors can also enjoy music by the bluegrass trio Spring Creek Band and share soup and bread offered by Rockford Grange members for a donation. There will be kid’s activities and information tables from a number of food-related programs in the Gorge. SNAP, EBT, and Veggie Rx payments will be accepted.
Fill Your Pantry Markets have gained momentum in other parts of the state, with Eugene hosting an event last year that drew 1,500 shoppers. Co-sponsors are The Gorge Grown Food Network and Oregon State University Extension.