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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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How to Eat Local

When in Oregon, eat as Oregonians eat!

U-pick Strawberries by Kelsey IveyEating provides a tangible and tasty connection to local culture with its regional agriculture, ethnic heritage and current community values. The slow food movement, the 100-mile lifestyle, "farm-to-table," and a growing appreciation for regional specialities supports culinary tourism as a travel centerpiece.

Willamette Valley is a prime agricultural zone surrounded by abundant natural resources, so it's not surprising that the region's residents are avid locovores. A full spread of delectable food and beverage products are grown, harvested, raised, foraged, fished, hunted and produced locally.

Restaurants and food carts dish up tantalizing seasonal meals. Community gardens, natural food stores, farmers' markets and direct buy opportunities are prevalent. While on vacation, immerse yourself in culinary tastes, textures, smells and visual delights for a complete sense of place.

Whether you hike to the top of a Cascade mountain peak or relax along Oregon's coastal shoreline at sunset, pack a picnic comprising local foods, wine or beer, and really savor being in Oregon.


by the Willamette Farm & Food Coalition 

  1. Shop at a farmers' market
  2. Visit a farm stand
  3. Join a community supported agriculture program (CSA)
  4. Look for local products in your grocery store
  5. Patronize restaurants that make it a priority to source local ingredients.

Every Friday shop direct from local farms.

Learn all about pinot from the vine to the wine.

Drink craft beer on the family hop farm.

Hunt for truffles in the Cascades.