Fill Your Pantry Events Statewide

Does your favorite neighborhood farmers market close for the winter months? Have you recently torn out your tomatoes and put your garden to bed? Do you love winter squash? There's something for everyone at one of Oregon's many "Fill Your Pantry" winter stock-up markets happening throughout November and in Portland on December 9th.

Fill Your Pantry events help connect farmers and eaters, while encouraging bulk purchasing of locally grown staple and storage crops. Shoppers can eat local all winter by purchasing grains, beans, flours, preserves, winter squash, root vegetables, pears, apples, honey, pasture-raised meats, and more directly from local farmers and ranchers.

Portland Fill Your Pantry is scheduled for December 9th, from 11 am – 3 pm at Faubion Elementary at 2930 NE Dekum St. Producers will include some of our Oregon Pasture Network members and beginning farmers who have found land through our Oregon Farm Link program. Online pre-orders begin on November 8th, but order early as some items will sell out. For more details, click here. At last year's event, more than 400 shoppers participated, generating over $60,000 in sales for local producers—a significant impact for a single day event!

FoFF is again excited to partner with the Culinary Breeding Network and Eat Winter Squash to co-host a Squash and Bean Sagra alongside Portland Fill Your Pantry. This festival celebrates the abundance and diversity of locally-grown winter squash and dry beans, and will include fun activities, delicious samples cooked by local chefs, and even a squash butchery demonstration.

While FoFF organizes Portland's Fill Your Pantry, partner groups around the state are hosting additional Fill Your Pantry events in the first half of November. Check out the calendar on the right for details and links for all of them!

InFARMation - Pasture Raised Dairy - Tuesday, Nov. 13 

Our final InFARMation of 2018 is taking place on Tuesday, November 13 at the Lagunitas Community Room in Portland from 6-9 pm. Come hear directly from farmers and ranchers and become more educated about how dairy products are produced in Oregon. Our panelists this month include:

  • Mike Guebert, family farmer at Terra Farma in Corbett, where along with his wife Linda they farm pasture-raised raw milk, eggs, and meat, and sell directly to the consumer
  • Mike Grauwen, family farmer at Onion Peak Dairy in Nehalem, milking 200 pasture-raised cows for the Organic Valley co-operative
  • Ivan Maluski, Policy Director of Friends of Family Farmers
  • Kathleen Bauer, food writer at Good Stuff NW, whose writing about the connection between Tillamook Cheese and the beleaguered Lost Valley mega-dairy went viral

Doors open at 6pm, speakers start at 6:30. This is a free, all-ages event. Beer sales will be donated to Friends of Family Farmers. Food options will be limited, and Lagunitas beer and other refreshmens will be available. Parking is on-street, so leave yourselves a bit of extra time if driving. Bring your questions about pasture-raised dairy and a healthy appetite for knowledge! 

Dine Out for FoFF All Month in Portland and Hood River

In November, you will have two great options to Dine Our for FoFF, supporting local businesses while supporting our organization. 

In Portland, through the entire month,  Blossoming Lotus will be donating a portion of the sales from their specially prepared Autumn Squash Gratin with Braised Onions and Brussels Sprout Kraut to Friends of Family Farmers. Blossoming Lotus serves organic, freshly made, vegan fusion world cuisine with delicious cooked and live food options. Blossoming Lotus is dedicated to supporting Oregon's family farms and is located at 1713 NE 15th Ave in Portland.

In Hood River, also throughout the month of November, Celilo Restaurant and Bar will be donating $1 for each bowl of Seasonal Soup ordered to FoFF. Chef/Owner Ben Stenn of Celilo says "we love working with local farmers. In our fast paced world today, first person relationships are evermore critical. Our connection to food and the source of our ingredients is the foundation of what we do at Celilo." We couldn't agree more and hope you come out to Celilo in November to support our work. They are located at 16 Oak Street in Hood River. 

If you'd like your restaurant or other business to support Friends of Family Farmers, you can join our Business Circle. Please contact Shari today for details. 

November Calendar of Events

November 3: Fill Your Pantry - Hood River

November 3: Dairy Goat Day - Pleasant Hill

November 4: Fill Your Pantry - Corvallis

November 8: The Science of Overgrazing and How to Avoid It - Central Point

November 10: Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting - Hillsboro

November 11: Fill Your Pantry - Bend

November 11: Fill Your Pantry - Eugene

November 12: Chef Farmer Mixer - Bend

November 13: InFARMation - Pasture Raised Dairy - Portland

November 27: FDA FSMA Produce Safety Rule public meeting - Portland (register by Nov. 16)

December 9: Fill Your Pantry - Portland

March 27, 2019: Family Farms Mean Business Day at the State Capitol - Salem

Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to put in our Calendar? Submit your event here for consideration. 

Election Endorsements

The election is coming up Tuesday, November 6, 2018. After November 1, you will need to drop off your ballot in person to ensure it is counted. Find official ballot drop off sites here. FoFF has taken positions on three key ballot measures in this election: 

Vote No on Statewide Ballot Measure 103 - Unnecessary and misleading, this measure would lock in low corporate tax rates for companies like Costco and Walmart, while pretending to help small farmers.

Vote No on Statewide Ballot Measure 105 - This anti-immigrant measure will encourage racial profiling and targeting of immigrants (and suspected immigrants) across our state. FoFF supports the rights of all people to live without fear of persecution, regardless of their race or national origin. 

Vote Yes on Portland Measure 26-201 - This measure would raise revenue to help address climate change by taxing the largest corporate retailers in Portland, providing approximately $4 million annually for regenerative agriculture and green infrastructure projects that result in sequestration of greenhouse gasses and support for sustainable local food production.

To learn more about these measures, check out our Election 2018 blog post


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The voice for Oregon family farmers that responsibly steward the land and feed our communities. 

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