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There has been growing interest in strengthening local food systems, in part as a response to the economic downturn, increased concerns over food safety and a desire to reconnect people to each other and to the land. Here in Coos County we are lucky to have many opportunities to tap into local food options.
A food system consists of all the people and processes that are involved in producing, preparing, and selling the food that all of us eventually eat. We have in our region farmers, ranchers, fishermen, processing operations, stores that sell local products and restaurants that use fresh and local ingredients. The strong tradition of fishing and agriculture is reflected not only in farms and ranches, but in the passion for gardening and the community and school gardens here.
The focus on local food systems is becoming more wide-spread as the many benefits of buying local become apparent. Buying local products keeps your hard-earned money in the local economy. Farmers, ranchers and fishermen who sell locally get back a greater percentage of profits. When more people choose to buy local, more local producers can afford to sell to the local market, and this cycle strengthens the local food system enormously. Buying from your neighbors helps the whole community’s economy stay strong. And nothing tastes better than fresh caught fish or berries picked that morning!
This guide is a first step in connecting the pieces of our local food system to each other and to consumers in our community who are interested in buying local food. Increased support of the existing system will open the door to more local food production, processing and retail, which will help strengthen our local economy. Happy eating!
About This Guide
The Coos County Local Food Guide lists producers and processors of local food, as well as stores and restaurants that sell locally produced food in our area. You can search the guide by product or by area. Contact information is also included so your questions can be answered directly.
This Guide is a service to the community, and all businesses are listed at no cost. The businesses and producers listed in this guide were contacted by an AmeriCorps* VISTA member with Oregon Coast Community Action. However, there are many more sources of local food in the county, and we know that we have missed some of them. If you are a producer, processor, restaurant or store that works with locally produced food and would like to be listed FOR FREE in this guide, please contact Oregon Coast Community Action at 541-888-1574.
Paper copies of this guide are available at the following locations:
Other Local Guides
- Coos Bay Visitor’s Center
- North Bend Visitor Information Center
- Coos Bay Library
- North Bend Library
- Bandon Library
- The Pancake Mill
More Local Food Resources
- OSU Extension: extension.oregonstate.edu
Resources for gardeners and commercial agriculture, including the Master Gardener’s program
- Oregon Farmers Market Association: www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org
Information about farmers markets in general and a fairly comprehensive list of farmers markets in Oregon
- Local Harvest: www.localharvest.org
A national guide to local and organic food producers and retailers, including farms, farmers markets, restaurants and stores. Search by location, product or type of business.
- Plant a Row for the Hungry:
All gardeners are encouraged to donate extra produce to local food pantries or the regional food bank, South Coast Food Share. Also consider planting extra for donation.
Visit www.gardenwriters.org for information on the national “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign.
Also visit www.orcca.us/grow-a-row for information on where to donate in Coos and Curry counties.
Coos County Resources