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New Benefits for Farmers Market Members

New Farmers Market Benefits!

Since we’re making our first ever increase to our Farmers Market Memberships, we wanted to provide some additional benefits to soften the blow – and to make our service even more fun!

New Benefit #1, Rogue Produce Weekly Lottery

When you order from our Online Farmers Market, your home delivery gets an identifier , like “B-11,” which helps us organize our routes. We’ve decided that each week we will roll the dice to determine which order is the lucky winner of the Rogue Produce Lottery! Our standard weekly prize will be a $10 shopping credit to the winner. Of course, we’ll switch up the prize from time to time; maybe we’ll double the coupon once a month, or give away Rogue Produce Merchandise (see below).

New Benefit #2, Discounts on Merchandise

We’ve started our search for high quality, sustainable merchandise to sell on our store, and we’ll give Members a significant discount on these products (once we know the costs). We’re thinking we’ll start with t-shirts, caps, coffee mugs and water bottles; and we imagine we’ll find some more unique items as we shop around.

Farm Collective Update

It’s no joke when the excavator tips into a ditch! It took us a couple of mornings to pull this thing out, and to put back on the track that fell off one side – the crew is learning a lot about heavy equipment though.

You’ll be happy to know that everyone employed with Rogue Produce is part of the Farm Collective, and it is an endeavor that is proving to bring us all much closer together. Each of us have our own specialties of sorts, and we’re all interested in growing different things and applying our unique skills to the work that needs being done – whether that’s planting, weed whacking, watering, pruning, harvesting, digging, bookkeeping, or administrative work. It all needs getting done!

We have one new commercial client on board with our Community Compost service, Cartwright’s Market, in Medford. We are very grateful for these types of arrangements, because it allows us to pick up a whole lot of food scraps in one trip! Thank you Cartwright’s!

We should be harvesting some more basil in the weeks to come. We’ll also have a few varieties of heirloom and cherry tomatoes; zucchini, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, Winter squash, and herbs of many varieties soon!

Most of the work we’ve been up to these first few months has been cleaning up the farm and doing fire prevention work, and we did our best with the Summer crop plantings mentioned above. We are all new-comers to farming, but with helpful guidance of our mentor we are confident we’ll have some high quality harvests.

Thank you for your support! Your orders make all this happen  : )

Yard Waste, Evers Ridge Farm

Yard Waste Collection

The most recent addition to Rogue Produce’s team of Farm Partners is Evers Ridge Farm, in Medford, owned by Thomas and Hannah Peterson. We first connected with them because they have a giant worm bin and they needed our food-scraps to feed the worms.

Thomas and Hannah’s vision is long term. They are working on beginning a nursery of trees, and they plan on planting veggies between the trees. As part of their preparation, they are creating a giant composting operation to support the soil for the drought-resistant farming techniques they will utilize.

As you are probably now aware, the mission of Rogue Produce’s new initiative, the “1 and 3 Farm Project,” is helping small farms like Evers Ridge; and what they need right now are the food-scraps we currently provide through our Community Compost program, as well as yard waste materials: wood chips, horse manure, leaves, etc. to integrate into their compost operation. If you can use a hand clearing any materials like these from your home or property, please let us know and we will come pick them up! You can call us at 541-301-3426, or email us at info@rogueproduce.com. We will pick-up free of charge, but if you want to donate toward the cause, we’d be happy to accept anything you’d like to give!

The Project at Evers Ridge

So here’s how Evers Ridge Farm is beginning to play into the bigger picture with Rogue Produce, Community Compost, and the RP Farm Collective. The RP Farm Collective is currently farming at Joyluck Farm, in Talent, and we’ll be needing nutrients for the soil to keep feeding our aspiring plants. Evers Ridge is going to help us make this happen!

Our Community Compost program currently drops food scraps at Joyluck Farm, Happy Dirt Veggie Patch, and now, Evers Ridge Farm. Happy Dirt is the first location to reach the goal of creating a nutrient rich final compost product. Matt, the owner, has been feeding his seedlings, and donated a small portion to some of the gardens at our public schools.

We plan to replicate Matt’s composting methods at Joyluck Farm, and Thomas and Hannah have their own unique methods at their place.

Our initial agreement with Evers Ridge Farm is to help them in the collection of supplemental materials (leaves, wood chips, horse manure, yard clippings, etc.), in exchange for small amounts of the final compost product for our farming operations at Joyluck. In addition, Thomas and Hannah would love to offer the finished product to customers of Rogue Produce, eventually. It’s always been our goal to get Compost to our customers to use at their homes. Is that “full-circle” or what!

We’ve got a lot more great news coming soon. Thank you for all of your support: placing orders regularly at Rogue Produce, and participating in our Community Compost program are what make the magic continue to happen!

Farm Project, Plastic Reduction

We’re Farming!

We’ve started a new initiative, the “1 and 3 Farm Project,” born from the desire to help many of the small local farms we’ve worked with over the years. The “1” is the farm we’re helping, and the “3” represents the number of new farms we hope to start with each project.

The first project is at Joyluck Farm, in Talent. The owner has some big dreams for the farm, but she hasn’t been able to manifest them because of a lack of people power. But now, the employees of Rogue Produce have teamed up to tackle projects on her land, in exchange for a plot to farm themselves.

The ”RP Farm Collective,” now has plants in the ground and we’re looking forward to our first harvest soon! It’s been a true joy for all of us to begin farming, and for Joyluck Farm to have the support it needs to get all the projects done!

We’ve got more farms in cue to replicate this project, and we’ll keep you posted!

Plastic Reduction

We’re working on developing an option in our ordering process that allows you to choose “reduced plastic” when we bundle your produce. With this option, we will place your fresh produce directly into a paper bag lined with wax paper to keep in moisture.

It’s a little more work on our end, but we’d love to reduce our use of plastics in the bundling process.

We originally had thought to institute the reduced plastic method with all our orders, but realized that the plastic bags not only maintain freshness during delivery – but continue to do so when you place the items in your refrigerator. We didn’t want to leave any of you with a bag of produce that you couldn’t keep fresh!

During the brainstorm on this topic, we’ve come up with the idea of selling re-usable refrigerator storage bags on our online store. We will also direct you to resources (once we find them) for this type of product.

We hope to have all of the pieces together for this new option within the next month or so. For now, you can just leave us a note that you want reduced plastic when you check out of our online store. As always, we would love to hear your feedback. Is this an option you would choose, or not choose? Leave us a comment to let us know!

Grants Pass Delivery! FREE Memberships!

Grants Pass Benefits!

Grants Pass gets the best of the Rogue!

Pick up your favorite local produce at Frank N Stene’s in Grants Pass. Order A La Carte from our Online Farmers Market!

Rogue Produce delivers to Grants Pass in partnership with Frank N Stene’s Growler Shop, at 950 SW 6th St, to get you the best produce from your favorite local farms and small businesses. Here are the new special benefits we offer for Grants Pass customers:

  • Free Farmers Market Memberships! That means no delivery fees, and access to our members only weekly discounts!
  • A convenient drop site where you can pick-up your orders, at your leisure, every week at Frank N Stene’s Growler Shop. Your orders stay fresh in the walk-in refrigerator until you pick-up!

How Does it Work?

Before you place an order, give us a call at 541-301-3426 and we will set you up with a FREE membership. Then, all you need to do is place your order and all delivery fees are removed and the discounts kick in automatically! Here’s how your savings break down:

  • We waive the $12 delivery fee on every order!
  • We give you our Farmers Market Membership, usually $9.99 per month, for FREE!
  • Plus, you save weekly with discounts we provide to our Farmers Market Members!

Orders need to be placed by Monday evenings at 9 pm, and we deliver to Frank N Stene’s by Friday at 1 pm. You can pick-up your order from the growler shop anytime that works for you. Frank N Stene’s has business hours through the weekend. You’ll receive a reminder email when we’re ready to take orders.

Why Participate?

Grants Pass gets the best of the Rogue!

Grants Pass delivery of the best of the Rogue!

Rogue Produce brings you the best of local produce from your favorite farms, including meats like pasture-raised chicken, beef, and pork; cheeses from local creameries; breads and pastries from local bakeries; coffees from local roasters; jams, pickles, krauts, nuts, seeds – and SO much more! We don’t deliver wine or beer, but you can pick-up your favorite local brew from Frank N Stene’s when you pick up your Rogue Produce order! Plus, Rogue Produce delivers year-round!

Get Started Today!

Remember to give us a call before your first order, at 541-301-3426, so we can set up your FREE membership and answer any questions you may have about our service. We look forward to serving you with the best of the Rogue!

The Toil for Healthy Soil

Happy Dirt Veggie Patch is a drop off point for Community Compost. We are a small 3 acre farm in Phoenix that grows a wide variety of vegetables. We maintain healthy soil with compost made on site. Your peels and pits, leftovers and less-than-their-best veggie scraps arrive at the farm in trash barrels that get dumped into big piles for processing.

The first thing we do is look through the fresh droppings for anything that doesn’t belong. Almost any naturally produced item can contribute to building healthy soil – but plastics, metal or any other questionable trash that won’t break down is picked out and put in the regular trash. Meat and dairy products can theoretically be composted, but as a practical matter we exclude them as much as possible because they attract critters that we would rather not have to contend with.

Packaging items that are labeled as “compostable” typically don’t work very well in our system, so we pick most of those out too. Thin green compostable bags work ok, but compostable cutlery and dishes, etc that are more substantial take much too long to digest in our small operation. So into the trash they go.

Another indigestible item is the plastic stickers that come on produce. We have to let these go through at this early point in the process, because trying to remove them all is impractical. We have found that it is easier to remove them from finished compost than at the beginning of the process. Still, this is the biggest contamination issue we deal with. Thousands of stickers, still sticking to their morsel of compost! It is a huge headache trying to remove them all, not to mention hours of labor. We would love it if customers could remove stickers from their produce before tossing them. An even better solution would be  for the industry to go to paper stickers. After all – the entire purpose of the sticker is to exist for a fraction of a second to speed things up at the checkout stand. After that nobody cares. So why do we make stickers that last for generations? The simplest thing with a very simple solution ends up being a blight upon the land. Paper breaks down easily in compost – plastic does not. 

One more irksome item is plastic teabags. They absolutely do not break down, and pop up in otherwise finished compost with amazing frequency. Each one requires bending over, emptying their enclosed contents, and getting it to a proper disposal receptacle. Much easier would be for everyone to use paper tea bags which easily return to the Earth.

Once we have the compost spread out on the piles, we let it sit in the sun for a day or so, weather permitting, to dry it a bit. In Winter we often cover with tarps to keep excess rain off the piles. Compost needs some moisture to work properly, but too much moisture prevents enough air from getting into the pile. While the food is drying in the air, it is very attractive to a variety of birds in the area. Throughout the day, flocks of birds come visit the compost – taking some and pooping some – stirring it up and speeding the digestion process. Some come for the ripe fruits, some for the multitude of bugs and worms.

At night, there are other critters which visit the piles, mainly skunks, raccoons, and opossums. Feral cats are also on the prowl. These animals also like to feed on rodents, so there are no rats to be found and only rare sightings of mice.

When the latest dump load has dried, we cover it with straw, leaves, dry grass clippings or other farm clippings. This introduces the “brown” component that gives microbes the balance of nutrients they need to activate the digestion process. We layer the pile with additional loads of “fresh” produce until it is big enough to start cooking on its own. 

At this point we take our trusty old tractor and turn the pile and mix all the ingredients together. Once it is all mixed, the composting process really accelerates. Within 2-3 days the temperature of the pile will soar, eventually reaching 140-150 degrees. Thermophyllic bacteria do the work of eating it all and gradually turning it into beautiful brown humus. These bacteria also eat and digest any pathogenic microbes that may happen along the way. It takes a few weeks until the temperature goes back down. We then turn the pile (which is considerably smaller by now) one more time. The pile heats up once again , but reverts to ambient temperature more quickly. After the second turning, piles are left to finish for several months. This allows the beneficial fungi and earthworms to infiltrate and leaves us with a beautiful, rich, sweet-smelling compost that is pure nutrition for our crops and essential for maintaining healthy soil.

We are very thankful for all of those who contribute their compost through Community Compost. We are also very excited to now be getting leftovers from the new Market of Choice in Medford. This will increase our supply of home-made compost significantly, which will help increase our production of local veggies! All of the compost we make is used on-site to fertilize our crops and maintain healthy soil, eliminating most of the need for expensive fertilizers from faraway places.

Thank you for your support!

The Rogue’s Best, Right To Your Door

Buy Local with Home Delivery

Order the Rogue’s best from the Rogue Produce Online Farmers Market for home delivery on Friday, December 11. The order deadline is Tonight at 7 pm. Please include notes for delivery – we greatly appreciate directions on every order.

Here’s How You Get Started

  1. Register for an account  at the Rogue Produce Online Farmers Market!
  2. Purchase a Farmers Market Membership to remove delivery fees on every order and receive special discounts!
  3. Go to the Online Farmers Market and start shopping your favorite local products with weekly Home Delivery!

What’s Hot This Week

We’ve stocked up with cross-rib roasts from Salant Family Ranch, and it’s our first week offering their 1 lb. packages of ground beef. This beef is grass-fed and grain-finished for the ultimate in taste and texture!

More of the Rogue’s best includes garlic cheese curds from By George Farm! Ella Bella Farm contributes their newly developed Herb Salt, and an Almond Biscotti! Get your favorite gourmet mushrooms from Louis at Mushrooms All Year, and keep your plate full of greens from Terra Sol Organics! And we’ve just added hot sauces from American Ruralcraft! Don’t forget about pies and pastries from Pennington Farms!

Promotions

Get a $20 account credit when you refer a friend to Rogue Produce. The friend you refer also gets a $20 account credit after their first order! Just check out our Referral Page to get the details – it’s so easy!

 

Buy Local, Earn Rewards!

Buy Local And Earn $20 For Everyone You Refer!

  1. Our Double Referral Credit Bonus has been extended through Sunday, December 13! Until then, both you and the new customer you refer receive a $20 credit to spend on your favorite Local Products! You need to utilize the link on our referral page to receive the automatic referral bonus. It’s a great time to encourage your friends and neighbors to utilize our convenient service and Buy Local.
  2. The Online Farmers Market at Rogue Produce operates year-round. Order by this Sunday at 7pm and we deliver right to your door on Friday, December 4. Buy Local and stock up on great products for the Holidays:

So go for it, Buy Local and reap the rewards of supporting your community of growers and producers! Rogue Produce brings the Farmers Market right to your door every week!

In The News

Want to hear more about Rogue Produce? We were just featured on the Jefferson Exchange, click here to have a listen! You can find out more about Rogue Produce by visiting the In The News page of our website.

We wish everyone in our Valley a safe and joyous Holiday Season!

Thank you for all of your efforts in supporting local businesses.

Local Products For Your Holiday: 2 Last Chances!

2 Reasons to Order Local Products Before Sunday, November 15

  1. Our Double Referral Credit Bonus ends this Sunday! Until then, both you and the new customer you refer receive a $20 credit to spend on your favorite Local Products! You need to utilize the link on our referral page to receive the automatic referral bonus.
  2. The Online Farmers Market at Rogue Produce operates year-round, but you need to order by this Sunday at 7pm to be a part of our last Home-Delivery before Thanksgiving. Here are some great Local Products you can stock up on for the Holiday:

So go for it, enjoy your favorite Local Products and reap the rewards of supporting your community of growers and producers! Rogue Produce brings the Farmers Market right to your door every week!

In The News

Want to hear more about Rogue Produce? We were just featured on the Jefferson Exchange, click here to have a listen! You can find out more about Rogue Produce by visiting the In The News page of our website.

We wish everyone in our Valley a safe and joyous Holiday Season!

Thank you for all of your efforts in supporting local businesses.

$20 Referral Credit & Sign-Up Bonus!

That’s right, refer a new customer to Rogue Produce and receive a $20 credit to your account! Even better, the new shopper you encourage to order receives a $20 credit to their account as well! This offer ends Sunday, November 15, so act now and earn cash to shop local! The Rogue Produce Online Farmers Market takes orders year-round and provides home delivery of produce and food products from your favorite local farmers and producers! Word of Mouth Referrals

Encourage you friends and neighbors to purchase a Farmers Market Membership at $9.99 a month to remove delivery fees and get access to special “member only” discounts. It’s best to purchase the membership separately – before shopping at the Online Farmers Market – to make sure the membership activates discounts and removes the $12 delivery fee.

We currently have a 20% member discount running on Roasts from Salant Family Ranch, and a 10% discount on grass-fed and finished steaks from Dauenhauer Cattle!

Save now on fresh local food delivery all year long!

Beef Done Right and Local

Rogue Local Grass Fed and Finished Beef

Dauenhauer Cattle, LLC. was founded in 2014. However, the Dauenhauer name has been running cattle locally for over 40 years. Most of those 40 years have been right here in the Rouge Valley, on the outskirts of Ashland. In 2009 Zack Dauenhauer, the grandson of the late and great JG Dauenhauer, decided he wanted to keep the family legacy alive and continued buying black angus cattle as his grandfather did. 5 years later, with the partnership of his parents, the family brand was brought back into business.

With the involvement of pasture management classes, Dauenhauer decided to emphasize rotational grazing in their ranching. Over the last few years Dauenhauer Cattle, LLC. has been striving to produce the best grass fed and finished beef product in the Rogue Valley. As a “true” grass fed and finished producer, their animals intake nothing but forage from birth to butcher, no growth hormones and no antibiotics. Only the best grass on God’s green earth.

At Rogue Produce we’ve had the chance to sample the full variety of cuts of Dauenhauer beef. We’ve found that even the top sirloin is extremely tender even when well-done. It doesn’t matter what cut you purchase, you’ll find unbeatable texture and flavor in this incredible local product. We currently have steaks of ribeye, tenderloin, New York, top sirloin, skirt, and flatiron; as well as tri-tip roasts, brisket, and ground beef. Get some of this fine beef while it lasts by placing an order now. Order by Sunday at 7 pm for a home delivery on Friday, October 23.