Local is a trendy catch phrase right now and a lot of people are using the term. I want to take a moment to celebrate what local means to me and to your Market Cheese Shop.
With nine stores, all located in Oregon, and a 10th store opening this summer in Bend, Market of Choice is proud to be Oregon grown and Oregon owned! We have three stores in the Portland metro area, one in Corvallis, four in Eugene and one store in Ashland, and we refer to Oregon products as local. We also honor our northern neighbor, Washington, and refer to amazing products from that state as regional items. Our next Savories ad, which begins on April 15, will celebrate the local bounty of Oregon. In the Cheese Shops there will be four great flavors of Portland’s Olympia Provisions salami on sale, along with the fantastic fruit spreads and pâtés from Oregon Growers in Hood River and La Mariposa Chubut cheeses, made in Albany.
Here are some other local heroes in your Market Cheese Shops:
If you are fortunate enough to be in Ashland, stop by your Market Cheese Shop and check out some cheesemakers that are so local, the other stores don’t carry their products yet! Mama Terra Micro Creamery from Williams, Oregon makes fantastic chèvre in innovative flavors, and By George Farm in the lovely Applegate Valley has transformed the creamy goodness of milk from its Jersey Cows into Brie, fromage blanc and feta that will delight your palate! Our Ashland store also sells the largest variety of Rogue Creamery cheeses outside of Rogue’s own cheese shop, so if you forgot to grab some award-winning Blue in Central Point, you can find it in Ashland.
Our stores in Eugene are a stone’s throw from Ferns’ Edge Goat Dairy in Lowell, where some of the mildest chèvre I’ve ever tasted is made, along with some fantastic award-winning aged cheeses.
Our location in Corvallis is lucky to have cheeses from OSU Creamery, which are made on the Oregon State University campus with milk from the OSU dairy. They win the closest proximity award! Albany is nearby—home to La Mariposa and Ochoa’s Queseria—and Willamette Valley Cheese Co. is just down the road in Salem!
Portland is home to Ancient Heritage Dairy and Portland Creamery, which are bringing cow, sheep and goats’ milk cheeses into the area from the center of the city. Fraga Farm and Briar Rose Creamery are just west of Portland and make stunning cheeses in a territory that also produces incredible wines.
I must also mention Face Rock Creamery in Bandon, River’s Edge Creamery outside of Siletz and Tillamook—and anyone else offering the bounty of great cheeses, fine meats and tasty accompaniments that we’re fortunate enough to have in Oregon. The best way to experience them is in person! Come visit your Market Cheese Shop and ask your Cheese Steward for a delectable tour of Oregon. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety this great state has to offer, and you’ll see why Market of Choice is truly grateful to call Oregon home.