TNGG filmmaker Alex Stoltze took a look at a few farmer’s markets in Oregon to get the inside scoop on what to buy, when to buy it, and the perks that come with supporting local farms. This video is part of TNGG’s DIY Week.
Full transcript below:
Gus: Rainbless Farm, Eugene, OR: The advice that I would have for a market goer is to come early and bring a big basket and a lot of money because you’re going to see a lot more stuff than you thought you would find here. After the first one or two times you come down, you’ll find you’re down here a lot more often and be purchasing a lot more of your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and honeys down here.
Fen: Sweet Leaf Farm, Eugene, OR: All the greens are really delicious in the springtime because once summer kicks they just get a lot more bitter.
Liz: Circle H Farm, Dexter, OR: I would say baby kale are really good right now and if you’re lucky you can find strawberries.
Ella: Deck Family Farm, Junction City, OR: We have a pretty good variety of cuts this time of year. The chicken is always good; people love our chicken out of the farmer’s market. A couple of different new goat sausages, which are also very yummy.
Ashley: Horton Road Organics, Eugene, OR: I would definitely recommend all leafy greens right now or any sort of salad mix or things like that.
Fen: I think it’s nice to be inspired by what’s actually in season – so kind of coming with an open mind to try new things and seeing what just looks like the best quality of whatever’s there. So, kind of like not having as much expectation as when you may go to a grocery store, and seeing what is being grown and truly in season and really happy and yummy looking.
Liz: The strangest food is probably the kohlrabi. They’re these purple looking vegetables – they’re very alien like – and I had never seen one before, and the other man that I work with here was very offended because it was his favorite vegetable (laughs) and I had never had it before.
Fen: Sometimes we do garlic whistles. Those are interesting to people. Those are the tops to garlic where the flowers would be starting.
Gus: We sell prunes here. We sell honey here, beeswax candles. I’ve got a few fruit trees, lemons, limes. We’ve got pollen.
Ella: We sell grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lamb, goat, and chicken.
Liz: I would say find something that you’re not going to find in a supermarket, and even if you don’t know what it is you can always go home and find out. The Internet’s a wonderful tool for that.
Ella: Know where your meat comes from, talk to the farmers in order to find out, and see if you can make trips to the farms you’re buying your meat from.
Ashley: The advice that I would give to any market goer would be to kind of browse the entire market, check out what’s freshest, then go back and purchase and spread the wealth throughout all the farms.