THE ROGUE INITIATIVE FOR A VITAL ECONOMY

Talent Chamber Informational Luncheon

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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What's happening around the roundabout?

Join Mayor Darby Stricker, City Manager Tom Corrigan, and representatives from the Talent Irrigation District at the next Talent Chamber Informational Luncheon.
RSVP through Eventbrite

$12 includes lunch catered by
Kristen Lyon Meals to Go
Checks and cash preferred.

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market

Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until December 19, 2015

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Talent Holiday Gift Fair

Saturday, December 12, 2015 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Buy gifts locally ~ Support Local artisans ~ Enjoy holiday music

Platt Anderson Cellars and Jaxon Vineyard will be offering wine tastings.
Peruvian Point and Sultan's Delight Food Trucks will be serving on site.

Join us for the 2015 Holiday Gift Fair in Talent, hosted by Talent Chamber
In the new Community Center behind City Hall. 104 E. Main St., Talent.
Local Artisans and crafters showcasing and selling locally made gifts.
Live holiday music, wine tasting, food trucks, plus gift and wine raffles.
Performance Schedule:
11:00 - 12:00 AHS High School Choir
12:15 - 1:30 Charles Guy
2:00 - 4:00 Jef Ramsey
4:15 - 6:00 Ur Mom

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market

Saturday, December 19, 2015 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, January 09, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Songs & Stories of the Oregon Trail

Sunday, January 10, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:01 pm
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Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, January 16, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, January 23, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

February 6 – Courage in the Golden Valley, Rogue Valley Mall

Saturday, January 30, 2016 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, February 06, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Seed Breeding for Organic and Sustainable Systems

Sunday, February 07, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Topic: Seed Breeding for Organic and Sustainable Systems

Date: Sunday, February 7

Time: 4-6 PM

Location: OSU Extension Auditorium (SOREC) 569 Hanley Rd. Central Point, OR 97502

Cost:  FREE of Charge

Presenter: Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin, Department of Agronomy, Department Chair, Professor, Seed Specialist

His program focuses on improving sweet corn by breeding and the discovery of genetic information that will be useful for sweet corn improvement.  Extensive use is made of tropical and other non-sweet germplasm. The genetic research centers on three areas:  

1) The relationship between the development of the maize plant and pest resistance.
2) Endosperm mutants and their effects on quality, germination, and cold tolerance.
3) Phylogenetics and evolution of sweet corn.
4) A fourth area of research involves participatory breeding and on farm research for organic crop production. 

Read more about Bill: http://agronomy.wisc.edu/bill-tracy/  

**March 29, 2015 Wisconsin State Journal article:   Read more… http://host.madison.com/wsj/lifestyles/home-and-garden/uw-madison-professor-gets-corny-with-new-seed-variety-called/article_101cae50-027f-5bac-9447-0d8c51d53dbc.html

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Plates & Pints for Sanctuary One

Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One night only! 
Thursday, February 18th from 4:00 to 10:00pm, 

Show some love for animals, people and the Earth! 

Vegetarian and Vegan Specials, raffles, live music and more!

A portion of food and drink sales from 4-10pm will benefit Sanctuary One's work fulfilling our mission to provide a refuge for animals and a healing place for people while promoting environmental stewardship.

RSVP here, invite all your friends and neighbors and come out to support Sanctuary One!

Plates & Pints for Sanctuary One at the Haul!
Thursday, February 18th from 4:00 to 10:00pm 

THE HAUL: 121 SW H St. Grants Pass, OR

No cover! Just bring your families, friends and neighbors for a fun night in support of Sanctuary One. Don't miss it!

www.sanctuaryone.org

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, February 20, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

ODA Farm Food Safety Training

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Farmers and Friends, 

Space is limited for this important Farm Food Safety training.  Please RSVP to Amy Gilroy, Farm to School Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.';document.getElementById('cloakf4c5f66f596d72ff8c9412063246980a').innerHTML += ''+addy_textf4c5f66f596d72ff8c9412063246980a+'<\/a>';

What: Oregon Department of Agriculture Regional Food Safety Training and information about GAP Certification (Good Agricultural Practices)

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time:  9am - 12pm

Location: Higher Education Center, Southern Oregon University, 101 South Bartlett, Medford OR

(More details forthcoming)

The training will cover:  Food safety on the farm.  Are you ready to develop your on farm food safety plan?

We’ll walk through a few examples of steps you can take to make your production, safer harvesting and handling techniques to minimize risk
to you, your labor force and end users, such as schools.

 

Are you interested in GAP certification (Good Agricultural Practices) but don’t know where to start? 

ODA offers an affordable GAP audit and certification process and we have a GAP cost share available to growers who are first-time GAP certification seekers
interested in selling to schools under the USDA UFV Pilot

GroupGAP Is GroupGAP right for me? After a successful GroupGAP pilot program with the Wallace Center at Winrock Internationa,l the USDA AMS announced
that they are now offering GroupGAP as a permanent program to meet the unique challenges of small growers and cooperatives in meeting food safety requirements of markets. 
We’ll share how GroupGAP is different than an independent GAP certification and walk through the elements of the program.

Space is limited for this training. Please RSVP to Amy Gilroy, Farm to School Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.';document.getElementById('cloakab88ec5f9eb11ecdff4c9e5df0927201').innerHTML += ''+addy_textab88ec5f9eb11ecdff4c9e5df0927201+'<\/a>'; ,

**Refreshments and snacks will be provided.**

Grants Pass Winter Growers Market 2

Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until February 27, 2016

Same great vendors!
Heated INDOORS in the Commercial Building at Josephine County Fairgrounds!
Great customer parking!
Monthly, free drawing filled with Market surprises.

Oregon Chocolate Festival

Friday, March 04, 2016 9:00 am - Sunday, March 06, 2016 11:00 pm
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Oregon Chocolate Festival is an annual culinary event completely dedicated to the art of chocolate making. The upcoming 12th annual weekend long event is scheduled for March 4-6, 2016 at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. Chocolate enthusiasts get to explore a variety of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products, enjoy wine and beer pairings, attend numerous educational workshops and most importantly get to meet fascinating chocolatiers! This year’s festival offers visitors a wonderful line up of other events including Chocolate Makers Dinner, chef demonstrations, dessert contest and more. For more information visit www.OregonChocolateFestival.com Tickets start at $10.

Seeds of Spring Garden Seminar

Saturday, March 05, 2016 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Josephine County Master Gardeners & Rogue Community College will offer a full-day gardening seminar, consisting of 38 courses.  You may select up to four (4) of the 90-minute classes for $25.  Registration is open from January 5th thru February 25th.  Pre-registration is stronly advised.  Walk-ins on seminar day will be on space availablity basis only.  Cash, check, debit or credit cards are accepted.  Box lunch maybe orderd at time of registration for an additional $10.  For a list of courses, information and resistration forms, visit www.jocomastergardeners.com  or call Rogue Comunity College direct at 541-956-7303.

Ashland Greenhouses Showcase & Open House

Saturday, March 26, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Showcase & Open House
Ashland Greenhouses
Saturday, March 26, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

See what's new and upcoming for Spring! 
Plan spring containers/landscapes
View new varieties
Tours at 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Refreshments and snacks
Free event

Changes in the Rogue Valley’s agricultural landscape - Talk by Oregon State University Researcher & Entomologist Rick Hilton

Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Location: 

Southern Oregon Historical Society
106 N. Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

Event Type: Historical

Details: 

March 26, Oregon State University Researcher & Entomologist, Rick Hilton, will talk about changes in the Rogue Valley’s agricultural landscape and share images and perspectives of the growers who have farmed the soils of Southern Oregon's valleys since the 1850s. FREE and open to the public. We invite you all to attend!

March 26, Oregon State University Researcher & Entomologist, Rick Hilton, will talk about changes in the Rogue Valley’s agricultural landscape and share images and perspectives of the growers who have farmed the soils of Southern Oregon's valleys since the 1850s. FREE and open to the public. We invite you all to attend March 26, 10am-12pm: 12pm-2pm the library is open to anyone wishing to use the SOHS archives for research. Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library, 106 N. Central Avenue.

Starts: 10:00 AM

Ends: 12:00 PM

Sponsor: Southern Oregon Historical Society

Contact: Pamela Sasseen by phone at 541-608-8091

 

Pear-A-Fare

Friday, April 08, 2016 2:30 pm - Saturday, April 09, 2016 5:00 pm
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The Pear A Fare celebrates the unique flavors of the Rogue Valley, recognizes our outstanding chefs and artisan food, and supports education and training to continue our tradition of excellence in the vineyards, orchards, and kitchens of the Rogue Valley. Visit the Thrive booth at the Pear-A-Fare April 8th & 9th and pick up a copy of the 2016 Rogue Flavor Guide! We'll be sampling appetizers made from fresh Rogue Valley Grown produce.

Basket/Container Class

Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Basket/Container Class

Bring your container and learn about combining plants to reach your desired effect as owner Kelly Brainard walks you through her processes in selection and placement. 

Registration required
Spaces limited; call greenhouses to reserve your place 541-482-2866.
$5.00 per container.

Six classes available (all the same):

April 14 - 10:00-11:00 AM
April 16 - 9:00 -10:00 AM
April 16 - 11:00 AM - Noon
April 21 - 10:00 -11:00 AM
April 23 - 11:00 AM - Noon

 

Josephine County Master Gardeners' Spring Garden Fair

Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Josephine County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Fair

Sat., April 23, 2016  9am-4pm

Sun., April 24th, 2016 10am-4pm

Josephine County Extension Auditorium

215 Ringuette St., Grants Pass. www.JoCoMasterGardeners.com

Great selection of plants, tomatoes, herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vendors, Raffle and more.

Rogue Valley Earth Day

Saturday, April 23, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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In 2016, Rogue Valley Earth Day is Rising to the Challenge! Join us!

This year, we are raising awareness about actions each of us can take to “Power Down, Green Up and Shout Out.” We’ve teamed up with Geos Institute to help engage our community in the Ashland Climate Challenge, an ultra-local and fun way for individuals and businesses to reduce energy use and move to clean energy. All ages are invited to create positive change by Rising to the Challenge at home, school, work and play!

Rogue Valley Earth Day is a joyful, annual celebration for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and build community in a fun and inspirational setting.

Established in 2001, this event has become a Rogue Valley tradition. It’s a forum for non-profits, businesses and governments to raise awareness, a venue for local musicians, artists and performers to share their talents, and an outlet for students to display their knowledge and creativity.

roguevalleyearthday.net

Josephine County Master Gardeners' Spring Garden Fair

Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Josephine County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Fair

Sat., April 23, 2016  9am-4pm

Sun., April 24th, 2016 10am-4pm

Josephine County Extension Auditorium

215 Ringuette St., Grants Pass. www.JoCoMasterGardeners.com

Great selection of plants, tomatoes, herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vendors, Raffle and more.

Jackson County Master Gardener 37th Annual Spring Garden Fair

Saturday, April 30, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Jackson County Master Gardener 37th Annual Spring Garden Fair

Sat., April 30th,  9am-5pm
Sun., May 1st,  10am-4pm
Jackson County EXPO.  Admission $3 - 15 years and up. Free parking.
http://www.jacksoncountymga.org/   541-776-7371

Enjoy Southern Oregon’s premier gardening event, where you’ll find a wide variety of plants and gardening products for sale to the public. Gardening demonstrations both days. Products and demonstrations are offered by local growers, artisans & educators. The best place to shop for that Mother’s Day gift. Free potting station, free soil pH testing, free well water testing for nitrates (bring 1 cup each for testing). See you there. 

Jackson County Master Gardener 37th Annual Spring Garden Fair

Sunday, May 01, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Jackson County Master Gardener 37th Annual Spring Garden Fair

Sat., April 30th,  9am-5pm
Sun., May 1st,  10am-4pm
Jackson County EXPO.  Admission $3 - 15 years and up. Free parking.
http://www.jacksoncountymga.org/   541-776-7371

Enjoy Southern Oregon’s premier gardening event, where you’ll find a wide variety of plants and gardening products for sale to the public. Gardening demonstrations both days. Products and demonstrations are offered by local growers, artisans & educators. The best place to shop for that Mother’s Day gift. Free potting station, free soil pH testing, free well water testing for nitrates (bring 1 cup each for testing). See you there. 

Spring Uncorked Barrel Tour

Sunday, May 15, 2016 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Spring Uncorked Barrel Tour

Sun., May 15th, 2016, 11am - 5pm

www.applegatewinetrail.com

Eighteen Applegate Valley Wineries “put on the Ritz” for a self-paced driving tour that includes barrel tasting of unreleased wines and featured wines paired to appetizers at each winery. This is your chance to meet the winemakers and see what’s new for 2016. Tickets are $49 each and can be purchased online.

Heat Lovers Gardening Class

Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Heat Lovers Class                                 

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

10:00am-11:00am

 

Learn all about combining fun and colorful choices to get amazing color through the hottest seasons as owner Kelly shares her plant secrets.

Registration Required seating limited. Call the greenhouses to reserve your spot 541-482-2866

 

Free Class

Medford Beer Week

Thursday, June 02, 2016 9:00 am - Saturday, June 11, 2016 5:00 pm
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Medford Beer Week
June 2 – 11, 2016
www.medfordbeerweek.com
Medford Beer Week 2016 is a city-wide celebration of the craft beer industry, focused on local and regional craft beers. Not only do we have world class beers being brewed locally and regionally, Medford also has topnotch establishments – both restaurants and bars – that understand the importance of quality beer, and who are committed and care about the beer and food they serve. There is no better way to showcase this passion than to celebrate it for an entire week.

Ladies Night @ the Greenhouses

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Ladies Night

Wednesday, June 15 2016

5:00pm-8:00pm

Enjoy Appetizers, Refreshments, Music, and Special Shopping Hours

BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE IT A 'GIRLS NIGHT'!

Special sales exclusive to Ladies Night.

A great night to chit chat with other female gardeners and share favorite plants, tips, family tricks, and much more.

 

Free Event!

Ashland Greenhouses

650 E Ashland Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

 

www.ashlandgreenhouses.com/events.html

2016 Southern Oregon Lavender Festival

Friday, June 24, 2016 9:00 am - Sunday, June 26, 2016 5:00 pm
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Save the dates! The 2016 Southern Oregon Lavender Festival is set for June 24-25-26. Mark your calendars now, and while you're at it save July 8-9-10 for our Oregon Lavender Farm Tour. More details on these events later. See you then!!

Oregon Lavender Farm Tour

Friday, July 08, 2016 9:00 am - Sunday, July 10, 2016 5:00 pm
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Save the dates! The 2016 Southern Oregon Lavender Festival is set for June 24-25-26. Mark your calendars now, and while you're at it save July 8-9-10 for our Oregon Lavender Farm Tour. More details on these events later. See you then!!

Eat Local Week

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Seven Oaks Farm will be participating in the Food and Farm tour sponsored by Thrive in September, and in the Crop Up dinner event Sept 13 at the Southern Oregon OSU Experiment Station. On Saturdays at Seven Oaks there will be seasonal food samples and on Sept. 25, demos by the OSU Master Food Preservers  

Oregon Honey Festival

Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Oregon Honey Festival supports small-size beekeeping and honey.  Enjoy tasting both honey and mead as wella s music and art and expert demos; special activities for kids. The event is on national Honey Bee Day!

http://www.oregonhoneyfestival.com/

5th Annual Fresh Veggie Jam

Saturday, August 20, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Coming up! Southern Oregon's only Fresh Foodraiser Music Festival!  Spread the word, this is the place to donate extra harvest so that those without access to fresh veggies will get to share in the summer bounty! Part celebration, part Foodraiser,  The 5th annual  Fresh Veggie Jam  will bring the community together to collect produce donations to distribute to those with limited access to fresh clean fruits and veggies, while also promoting local business and music.  The 2016 Fresh Veggie Jam takes place on August 20th and will feature 5 awesome local bands, artisan vendors, food trucks and refreshments, as well as a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses.   The Music begins at noon and will continue through the night. Although event entry is FREE, we strongly encourage anyone who attends to donate fresh veggies, fruits or other edibles from their garden and join in on helping out this great cause.  This event would not be possible without our partners; Huge thanks to our presenting sponsor Southern Oregon Subaru and to our food distribution teams at ACCESS and P. Annie’s Secret Garden for supporting food sharing in our community.   We are inviting you, your co-workers, family and friends out to this fun filled day in the Rogue Valley!   For more information contact Kendra Smith, at541-499-4175 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheFreshVeggieJam

Oregon Wine Experience

Monday, August 22, 2016 12:00 pm - Sunday, August 28, 2016 5:00 pm
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Join the party! Each August, hundreds of people gather together for one of the biggest celebrations in Oregon. The Oregon Wine Experience® is a week-long event full of exquisite wine, delicious food, entertainment, and above all - fun! Over the course of seven days, guests have the opportunity to explore, learn, and indulge in all the beauty and bounty that Southern Oregon offers. This year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet, with the main events held at the historic Bigham Knoll Campus in Jacksonville. Whether you choose to attend just one event or stay for the whole week, the Oregon Wine Experience® will be a unique celebration like no other in the state.

Fall Gardening Class

Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Fall Gardening Class
Ashland Greenhouses
September 28, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Owner Kelly will be sharing her knowledge on fall gardening. Whether you hope to plant up a colorful patio container, plan a landscape, or even plant a vegetable garden, Kelly will go over what to plant now for fall and why. 

Registration required; seating limited. Call the greenshouses to reserve your spot 541-482-2866.
Free class. See you there!

Meet Local Vendor Bianca's Gourmet at Ashland Food Co-op

Friday, September 09, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Local Wine Tastings at Ashland Food Co-op

Friday, September 09, 2016 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Every Week until September 26, 2016

Meet Local Vendor Parma! at Ashland Food Co-op

Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Meet Local Vendor Hummingbird at Ashland Food Co-op

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Meet Local Vendor Naturewise at Ashland Food Co-op

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Local Wine Tastings at Ashland Food Co-op

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Every Week until September 26, 2016

Meet Local Vendor Rogue Creamery at Ashland Food Co-op

Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Meet Local Vendor Higher Power at Ashland Food Coop

Friday, September 16, 2016 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Local Wine Tastings at Ashland Food Co-op

Friday, September 16, 2016 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Every Week until September 26, 2016

Ledger David Cellars Celebrates Local

Saturday, September 17, 2016 12:00 pm - Sunday, September 18, 2016 5:00 pm
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Celebrate Eat Local with Ledger David Sat., Sept. 17 & Sun., Sept. 18 from noon-5pm. Delight in gourmet cheeses from the world famous Rogue Creamery paired with award-winning, single vineyard estate wines from Ledger David and gourmet chocolates by Lillie Belle Farms.  

Eat Local Tastings at Ashland Food Co-op

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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