Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Linn County sits upon rich and fertile land ideal for creating a community-based and economically viable food system. Historically, Linn County has been recognized as “the hub of the Willamette Valley” for its agricultural success. Although grass seed dominates the agricultural landscape here, farms provide a vast array of fresh foods such as green beans, apples, sweet corn, strawberries, pumpkins, and more.While Linn County has an agriculturally abundant culture, it is still plagued with high rates of unemployment, poverty, and underfunded schools that contribute to the issues surrounding food insecurity. In 2010, over half of Linn County students qualified for free and reduced-cost meals, and nearly one in five residents utilized the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to meet their food needs. In response to these issues, Ten Rivers Food Web has been working with residents of Linn County to increase community involvement and revive the local food system. Growers have partnered with Ten Rivers Food Web to improve the quality and diversity of foods supplied to local markets. In addition, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers markets are increasing access to fresh local foods for Linn County residents.
In 2011, a food assessment of Linn County provided insight into the needs of these communities and aspects of the county’s local food systems. The full Linn County Community Food Assessment can be found here.
Local Happenings . . .
The Brownsville Farmers Market is looking for vendors with their own produce, jams, pickles, soaps, or crafts to sell on Thursday's from 3pm–7pm. The market is a project of the Calapooia Food Alliance. Contact Diane Remior, Market Manager at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 359-5898.
Santiam Food Alliance
Lebanon, Albany, and Sweet Home farmers markets