The farm-to-table experience is approachable and thriving in Eugene. Come experience inspired dishes reflecting the region's bounty from Dungeness crab, salmon fresh from the local rivers, mushrooms foraged from the foothills to produce grown on small family farms and grass-fed beef from local ranches.
Three neighborhoods stand out as foodie paradises: downtown Eugene, Eugene's Whiteaker Neighborhood and Springfield's Main Street. These unofficial food hubs have attracted innovative culinary talents and passionate locavores, resulting in some amazing culinary offerings. It will take several days to sample Eugene's best farm-to-table restaurants, so book yourself an extended foodie staycation. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started!
Downtown Eugene & Market District
This artsy, innovative neighborhood developed a reputation as the "fermentation" district in Eugene with its many craft breweries, distilleries and wine bars. Creative chefs set up kitchens early on, with cult followings from "soul food" to "farm-to-table" dishes. The ebb and flow of restaurants has continued, and while the establishments may change, the array of offerings continue to tempt. Must stops include Sweetlife Patisserie with decadent vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free desserts; Cornbread Cafe with vegan comfort food; Izaykua Mejia with eclectic small plates; Falling Sky Pourhouse & Delicatessian with housemade smoked meats; and A Wheel of Pizza with organic and local toppings. Many more culinary delights round out this quirky part of town, so come ready to explore.
Springfield's Main Street
The Tasting Trails
The craft beverage industry flourishes in the Eugene and Springfield area, garnering regional to international recognition. Taste world famous Pinots, mix it up right with a unique distillery, sample cider from community gleaning, or try unusual drinks from braggot to mead to house-made sodas.
Explore local food and beverage trails that showcase the Willamette Valley's farm-to-table abundance.
Every Saturday the Lane County Farmers Market sets up downtown. Come browse farmers' stands overflowing with fresh cut flowers, herbs, produce, fruit, preserves, canned seafood, artisan condiments, baked goods, fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, mushrooms and more. If you are staying in a vacation rental or extended stay lodging, you can shop and cook up your own locally-sourced meal!