Summer For The Way You Live

Join us for Summer For The Way You Live! We want to share our favorite summer activities, the foods we take with us and — when we have energy left — a meal at the end of the day. You might even meet some of our friends along the way! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share your photos using #mocsummer to be entered in a weekly $25 gift card giveaway. See rules here.

Summer For The Way You Live

Join us for Summer For The Way You Live! We want to share our favorite summer activities, the foods we take with us and — when we have energy left — a meal at the end of the day. You might even meet some of our friends along the way! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share your photos using #mocsummer to be entered in a weekly $25 gift card giveaway. See rules here.

Road-trip to Southern Oregon’s wineries

There’s nothing like a classic pairing of wine and cheese on a summer afternoon. Our Ashland Market teammates enjoy road-tripping through Southern Oregon’s beautiful Applegate Valley to visit some of their favorite wineries. First, there’s the lovely (and dog-friendly) tasting room at Quady North in Jacksonville to sample some handcrafted, small-lot wines. Next, enjoy more of the region’s terroir in the shade of oak trees at Troon Vineyard in Grants Pass. Then it’s off to visit one of Rogue Creamery’s shops in Grants Pass or Central Point for a bite of specialty blues, cheddars or curds. Or try one of their luscious Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Finish the day by swinging by Market of Choice in Ashland or Medford to grab some thick-cut ribeyes and all the fixins for a backyard feast. For dessert, we suggest cool and creamy Oregon-made Alden’s Organic Fruit or Yogurt Bars. Yum!

Lunch: Grilled ribyeye steaks, Deviled Egg Potato Salad from the Market of Choice Kitchen, grilled corn and Polar Seltzer Mango Limeade

Dinner: Alden’s Organic Fruit Bars and Yogurt Bars (dairy-free varieties are an option)

Summer fun is just a walk in the park

Kick back at a city park on a lazy summer day and let the good times unfold. Our Cedar Mill team enjoys George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. This 26-acre park has plenty of space to explore, including a Memorial Garden and Willamette River nature trails. Paddle boarders can launch from a sandy beach, where swimmers and sunbathers while away the hours. Don’t forget your Badger Clear Zinc Sunscreen, available in your Market’s Whole Health aisles; it’s mineral safe and keeps your skin well-protected. When it’s lunchtime, relax on the beach and refuel. Toss a Frisbee and explore a little more before you head home to grill a delicious pork chop dinner. Find everything you need to cap off a great summer’s day at your Market of Choice.

Lunch: Market Kitchen Gourmet Take-Away Calypso Bowl, Oregonic Tonic Kombucha (try Lemon Honey Cayenne or White Peaches) and Boulder Canyon Potato Chips.

Dinner: Market Block & Blade Double-Cut Pork Chops; grilled tomatoes, grilled peppers and a salad made with fresh veggies. Pair with Athletic Brewing Company’s non-alcoholic Hazy IPA. And for dessert, Market Bakery cupcakes.

Camping, hiking and fly fishing, oh my!

Summer in the Northwest is made for camping, hiking and fly fishing! Our Franklin teammates love to venture into the Willamette National Forest’s Middle Fork Ranger District, above Hills Creek Reservoir to enjoy all three activities. The wilderness beauty won’t disappoint. Youngs Rock Trail is among the many picturesque paths to explore. After hiking, kick back at camp with chips and salsa paired with a nonalcoholic beer. Then, watch time fly by during a few fun hours of fly-fishing along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. For dinner, whip up a delicious paella with ingredients from your Market. Dessert is a no-brainer, too: s’mores, of course! Remember, at the height of wildfire season, it’s always important to check for road and recreational area closures before heading out.

Lunch: Nature’s Path Organic Que Pasa Tortilla Chips, It’s the Famous! Gourmet Salsa and Athletic Brewing Co.’s nonalcoholic Hazy IPA.

Dinner: Campsite paella, using ingredients from your Meat & Seafood Dept and our grocery aisles, Underwood “The Bubbles” sparkling wine and Lyre’s – Italian Orange nonalcoholic spirit.

On Sauvie Island, it’s a berry good time!

Our West Linn teammates believe that summertime is all about relaxing and enjoying the fruits of the season. Pack some Picky Bars energy bars and Soma Kombucha, then head over to The Pumpkin Patch, a 52-year-old family farm on Sauvie Island, to pick juicy blueberries and blackberries—yum! Don’t forget your Portland Bee Balm; you’ll be helping bees, thanks to 1% of lip balm sales being donated to Portland beekeepers. Picked enough fruit? Visit the adorable farm animals before heading back to your mainland Market of Choice, the perfect stop to gather all the ingredients you’ll need to fix a delicious grilled chicken dinner. Save room for dessert! Umpqua Dairy’s vanilla ice cream topped with a homemade berry syrup is a summer classic!

Lunch: Picky Bars’ “Need for Seed” energy bar and Soma Kombucha’s Radiate Cherry Chai.

Dinner: Lemon Grilled Chicken, Italian Summer Veggie Vinaigrette Salad, fresh-picked berries, and Hibisbloom hibiscus flower brew mixed with club soda.

Ply the waters at Fern Ridge Reservoir

There’s no better way to while away summer hours, say our Willakenzie teammates, than kayaking and lunching on Fern Ridge Reservoir. Whether using your own kayak or a rental – Oregon Paddle Sports or Eugene Marine offer rentals – you’ll need a Lane County Parks pass to put in at Fern Ridge Reservoir’s Orchard Point, Richardson Park or Perkins Peninsula Park. With sunscreen, hat and safety vest on, paddle out into this beautiful wetland habitat, home to a stunning variety of wildlife, including shorebirds and raptors. Savor your Market gourmet sandwich as you drift along Coyote Creek. Once out of the water, head to Alesong Brewing and Blending’s Alesong on the 5th tasting room for a flight of brews and a souvenir glass. Back home, it’s time to relax and enjoy grilling and eating a mix of delicious goodies from your Market.

Lunch: Market Kitchen Gourmet Take Away Sandwich, Tim’s Cascade Snacks potato chips and Alternate Realities IPA from ColdFire Brewing Co.

Dinner: Mixed Grill, with a mix of your Market’s Block and Blade favorites, fresh veggies seasoned with Jacobsen Salt Co.’s sea salt, and for dessert, Van Leeuwen ice cream.

Fall Head Over Heels for Barr Creek Falls

Quench your thirst for the splendor of Oregon waterfalls with an easy in-and-out, 1.4-mile hike to Barr Creek Falls, plunging 240 feet into the Rogue River. Our Medford teammates love this hike! Located in the Rogue River Canyon of Southern Oregon, the waterfall plummets over a carved cliff surrounded by walls of petrified volcanic ash from the Mount Mazama eruption 7,700 years ago. One of Oregon’s tallest waterfalls, Barr Creek Falls shares the same rock cliff with Mill Creek Falls; both can be gazed upon from their respective viewpoints. Whether you make it a stop on your way to Crater Lake or just make a day of it, these falls are a summer bucket list must-do! Our team suggest bringing along MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème (SPF 30) for sun protection, as well as goodies to enjoy from your Market.

Lunch: Market Kitchen Custom Sandwich, Bulk Dried Apricots, Killer Keto Krunch Cheese Crisps and Caldera Pale Ale

Dinner: Homemade sausage and veggie pizza, made with Market-made dough, sauce and cheese, with Flat Brim Wines Giant Sky Rosé, featuring Applegate Valley grapes

Surf’s Up for Good Times in Newport

Newport is the perfect coastal summer getaway, as our Corvallis Market teammates well know, so grab your sunscreen, towels, books, beach games and picnic munchies and enjoy one of Oregon’s true coastal gems. First stop: Agate Beach State Recreation Site, just south of Yaquina Head, where the waves beckon surfers and there’s plenty of shoreline to explore. Or simply sit back, relax and sip a sparkling wine while nibbling on delectable charcuterie snacks. Next, wander around Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Savor some saltwater taffy or take a tasting flight at Rogue Ales & Spirits’ Bayfront Public House. After an amazing day, visit your Market of Choice for all the fixings to grill a feast. Our suggestions for lunch and dinner:

Lunch: Charcuterie snack trays from your Market Cheese Shop, Albina City Sweet & Salty Hazelnuts and Sea02 “Sparkling White” wine in a can

Dinner: Block & Blade German Bratwurst & English Banger pork sausages, Red Duck Smoky Ketchup, Vintner’s Kitchen Stout Beer Mustard, hot dog buns, berries, Block 15 Brewing Co. IPA, and lemon bars

Views Await At The Top Of Mount Pisgah

Our Willamette Market teammates in Eugene often venture out to a true hiking gem in our own backyard: Howard Buford Recreation Area, Lane County’s largest park at more than 2,000 acres. With 30 miles of trails, this natural playground includes Mount Pisgah Arboretum. You’ll need a day pass or an annual pass from Lane County Parks to display in your car window. Meander through seasonal wildflowers and grasslands, or climb into dense oak savanna and stands of Douglas firs, incense cedars and big-leaf maples. For the adventurous, a hike to the top of the 1,500-foot Mount Pisgah ends with a 360-degree view of the Willamette Valley, the coastal mountains and the Cascades. Back in town, relax with a flight of brews at ColdFire Brew Co and a Market-made gourmet pizza. Try our suggestions for your lunch and dinner:

Dinner: Spinach Mushroom Gorgonzola Pizza, Superfood Kale Salad and Zentopia Mango-flavored CBD-infused sparkling water


Want an easy hike and a way to take a break from the summer heat? Lace up your hiking shoes and head to Wahclella Falls inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Our Belmont teammates love this out-and-back day hike through a slot canyon. It’s the perfect length, at 2.4 miles roundtrip, to pack in a delicious lunch from your Market. Along the trail, you’ll discover towering Douglas firs and not one, but two spectacular waterfalls along the grotto-like landscape. At the end of the trail, Wahclella Falls is a beautiful spot to enjoy lunch before you turn back. A Northwest Forest Pass or $5 National Forest Recreation Day Pass is required for parking and must be purchased in advance. After a great day-trip adventure on the trail, savor a wonderful grilled meal in your own backyard. Here are our suggestions for lunch and dinner:

Lunch: The Yo Adrian Sandwich and Cilantro Edamame Salad from your Market Kitchen, Mount Hood Trail Mix from your Market Bulk Department

Dinner: Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Corn on the Cob and Block & Blade Club Steaks. To drink, try Crux Fermentation Project’s non-alcoholic IPA, No Mo

Fishing & Food On The Upper Deschutes

Are you itchin’ to do some fly fishin’? Grab your gear and make your way to the placid currents of the Upper Deschutes River near Dillon Falls for terrific trout and summer steelhead. Our Bend teammates love this spot and suggest taking along lunch from your Market. When casting a line in this area, you’ll discover mature Ponderosa pine trees, jack pine stands and massive lava flows. Dillon Falls Day Use Area is perfect for a picnic and offers access to the Deschutes River Trail, a boat ramp and restroom. A recreation pass is required for parking and must be purchased in advance. After a fantastic day of fishing, enjoy a tasting flight at Bend’s Monkless Belgian Ales, which you can also find in our Beer & Wine Shop. Here’s what we suggest for lunch and dinner:

Lunch: Epic Protein Strips, BeGoat Legendary Cascara+ Beverages, Market Kitchen Oregon Orchard Sandwich

Dinner: Grill out with fresh vegetables and Block & Blade Double-Cut Pork Chops from your Market Produce and Meat Departments

A Delicious Day at Dexter & Dinner After

What do you have planned this weekend? Our Delta Oaks team in Eugene says Dexter Reservoir is the place to be! Grab some goodies from your Market, spread out a blanket in the grass, and enjoy a picnic along the shoreline of Dexter State Recreation Site on the western edge of Dexter Reservoir, located 16 miles southeast of Eugene on the Middle Fork Willamette River near the communities of Dexter and Lowell. When you get there, you’ll find a picnic area and fire rings overlooking the water. There’s even an 18-hole disc golf course that winds its way through oaks and Douglas fir trees. Or just dip your toes in the water and watch the boats go by! Here’s what we suggest for your picnic lunch and dinner, for when you get home:

Lunch: Market Kitchen Fried Chicken, Home-Style Macaroni Salad, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits, Fresh Strawberries

Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon Fillets, Broccoli Burst Salad and Blue Raeven Pie, and your favorite Oregon Pinot Gris