Begin the day in Jacksonville. A cup of locally roasted coffee and homemade pastry at Goodbean Coffee is the perfect fuel to start a day of culinary exploration in the Applegate Valley. If your visit is between June and August, fields of fragrant lavender await at Applegate River Lavender Farm (formally Lavender Fields Forever) and the English Lavender Farm. Continue to Oshala Farm for a tour of more than 75 varieties of certified organic medical and culinary herbs. Pick up organic goods at Rogue Artisan Foods self-serve farm stand and learn from farms how small farms operate. From there, Whistling Duck Farm offers fresh produce and fermented veggies.
As you make your way toward Grants Pass, pop into Pennington Farm to sample hand-crafted jams and pick up some of their fresh, artisan baked goods. As if these stops weren’t sweet enough, Super Natural Chocolate Co. is the perfect place for an afternoon pick-me-up. Choose from a variety of award-winning raw confections or hot (and cold) chocolate drinks.
Pair the goodies collected along the way with house-made charcuterie and cheese at Wooldridge Creek Vineyard and Creamery. A picnic on the grass while sipping the newest vintage and taking in stunning views of the verdant valley below, makes for a perfect lunch.
Back in Jacksonville, pick up a fresh, nutritious, farm-to-table prepared meal from Jefferson Farm Kitchen. Simply place your order and pick up a ready-to-eat meal featuring the best of Southern Oregon’s bounty to take with you.
End your day at Troon Vineyard – dedicated to regenerative agriculture – enjoy a sampling of biodynamic wines, wander through some of the oldest vines in the Rogue Valley, and even tuck in for the night at one of the property’s VRBO lodging options.
We hope your experience along the Rogue Valley Food Trail doesn’t end when you leave the area. We encourage you to bring a taste of your journey back home to share with friends and family as a reminder of the bounty available in the Rogue Valley region.