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Rogue Valley Local Foods

Looking for a new pickup spot in  Central Point

Sadly, the Artisan Tasting Room in Central Point is closing and we are looking for a new spot for you to pick up your boxes in this area.
The last day for this location will be August 25.  If you know of a business that would like to host us, please let us know by calling the Thrive office, 541-488-7272.

We accept

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Thursday pick-up locations
Home delivery is available for a small fee in Medford, Central Point, Grants Pass, Talent, Phoenix and Ashland.

Thanks for supporting local farms and businesses!

Hello Shantrin,

fusionfarmWelcome Shantrin Lininger of FusionFarm to Rogue Valley Local Foods.  Lininger is now offering an edible flower salad mix for you on the market.  Later in the season, she will have Thai eggplant, chilies, Thai basil and Asian greens, all grown without any synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.  The inspiration for the FusionFarm name comes from her love of Latin and Asian foods.  The name is also appropriate as this micro-farmer is piecing together 1/8 acre parcels in Phoenix to work her love of growing.

Lininger has farming in her blood.  You can read more about her grandfather, JP Clark, who farmed in Ashland during the 40s and 50s on her blog here.

When she's not seeding, transplanting, planting, fertilizing, watering, harvesting, cultivating or selling, Lininger works as an English language proficiency test rater and at the Rasa Yoga Center.  While she has been gardening for the past 15 years, this is her first foray into selling product at market.  Lininger worked a variety of teaching and administrative jobs before a car accident caused her to re-align her priorities and focus on her "first job" which is being a mom to a 13-year-old daughter and 11-year son.

"I admire anyone who values a diverse, vibrant local economy, and also recognizes the critical role that food security plays in the world," she says.  "Choosing health and vitality by incorporating more fresh, organic food into one’s life is an affirmation of right living."

Edible Flowers are now available!

edible-flowers-nasturtiums-on-crackersEdible flowers have been used in the culinary arts for flavor and garnish for hundreds of years. Early reports indicate that the Romans used flowers in cooking, as did the Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures. During Queen Victoria’s reign, edible flowers were popular and they are again popular in North America and Europe.

Many flowers are edible and the flowers of most culinary herbs are safe. However, proper identification is essential because some flowers are poisonous and should not be eaten.  Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops. Do not eat flowers picked from the side of the road as they may have been sprayed with herbicides.

You can add flowers to a salad or top crackers and goat cheese.  The secret to success when using edible flowers is to keep the dish simple, do not add to many other flavors that will over power the delicate taste of the flower.

Many edible flowers are high in vitamin C and/or vitamin A, along with other essential nutrients. Use them as garnishes and in salads. Recipes for flowers may be found in the following areas: baking, sauces, jelly, syrup, vinegars, honey, oil, tea, flower-scented sugars, candied flowers, wine and flavored liquors.

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