Our first Salem Fill Your Pantry was held on January 28, 2017. It was a big success and we’d like to thank our friends at Marion Polk Food Share for providing a location and promotion, all the producers who participated, and the Salem Statesman Journal for their article ‘Eat local: Stock up on local food at bulk buying event‘ which helped spread the word throughout the community.
All of our 2016/early 2017 Fill Your Pantry Community Bulk Buying Events are done, but we’ll keep you updated as plans for late 2017 take shape.
Friends of Family Farmers hosted our first Fill Your Pantry event in Portland in 2015 and held another in Portland in 2016 and our first in Salem in early 2017. Fill Your Pantry is an event organized by various groups around the state, and has become an excellent opportunity to purchase bulk quantities of staple and storage crops directly from farmers.
We encourage participants to support farmers in a big way by using Fill Your Pantry to stock up with bulk quantities of locally grown dried beans, grains, flours, nuts, honey, root veggies, garlic, onions, winter squash, pasture-raised meats and more. Fill Your Pantry is a great way to support local farmers, foster urban and rural connections and help and help strengthen our farm-direct local food system.
Salem 2017 vendors included: Carman Ranch, Grateful Gardens, Lonesome Whistle, Foothills Honey, Sun Gold Farm, Adaptive Seeds, Oven & Earth Farm, Springbank Farm, Minto Island Growers, and Heritage Farms NW.
Portland 2016 vendors included: Adaptive Seeds, Dancing Roots Farm, Deck Family Farm, Fiddlehead Farm, Foothills Honey, Flying Coyote Farm, Harcombe Farms, Heart 2 Heart Farm, Heritage Farms NW, Lonesome Whistle Farm, Nehalem River Ranch, Our Table Cooperative, Pitkin Winterrowd Farm, Queener Farm, Sauvie Island Organics, Shimanek Bridge Farm, Sun Gold Farm, Sun Love Farm, and Super Natural Farm.
Read a recap of the 2016 Portland Fill Your Pantry here.