Deck Family Farm

Meet Our Producers: Deck Family Farm

Deck Family FarmDeck Family Farm is located in Junction City, Oregon, nestled between three creeks, a mixed conifer forest, and spring wetlands. All of their products are certified organic and are free from hormones or antibiotics. Respect for their animals and land is first and foremost at the Deck Farm. They provide a pasture-based system that not only mimics the natural habitat of their wild ancestors but is also beneficial to the vitality of the land. In fact, the Deck family restored over 2 miles of creeks that were traditionally used to water cattle, improving the water quality and habitat for native animals.

There’s plenty to love about Deck Family Farm. They truly love their animals and it shows in their high quality products. We carry a variety of delicious products from Deck Family Farm. Look for their organic pasture eggs and soy-free eggs. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the carton is the variety of beautiful colors. Half the fun is picking which egg you want to eat! Then, when you crack it open, prepare to be surprised by the bright color of the yolk. A sure sign of freshness! We also carry boneless leg of lamb and lamb rib chops, lamb and pork sausages, pasture pork bacon, summer sausage, pepperoni, salami and sliced ham! Be sure to pick up their organic grass-fed beef patties for your next BBQ. They’re already formed and ready to throw on the grill.

Learn more about this wonderful local farm at the Deck Family Farm Webpage!

 

 

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Lunch Box Cheeses

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September is my favorite month. The nights are cooler, the days a little shorter, change is in the air. September means back to school, perhaps the conclusion of vacations, back to work. It is a time to set the tone for the year ahead, a chance to begin good study habits and make healthy choices. One of the best ways to get the kids (and yourself!) off to a good start? A healthy lunch! The cheese department brings you some great new additions to your brown bag lunches:

Tilla-Moos Pack-It Pals, individually wrapped cheddar squares from Tillamook, come 10 to a package and make a great addition to lunches. Pair with an apple for a balanced on the go snack. These tasty snacks are all-natural and hormonefree. On sale in September for only $3.99.

Don’t do cow’s milk? Montchevre fresh goat cheese medallions are a convenient, delicious option. There are five one ounce medallions in each package, perfect with crackers and a pear. Everyday low price of $3.99.

daiya-slicesDairy-free? Not to worry! I’ve not forgotten you. Daiya slices are here, and they are wonderful! These totally vegan, gluten-free, soy free, non-gmo slices come in three flavors: cheddar, provolone, and swiss. A sandwich with Happy Camper’s gluten free vegan bread, daiya slices, and your favorite veggies will be sure to please. $4.99 for 11 slices.

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New Vegan Cheese Alternatives!

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Hopefully you’re already familiar with the Heidi Ho Veganics Chia Cheeze Sauce, the delicious dip made from chia seeds. It’s great spread on crackers and makes a fantastic dip for chips when heated.Yep, it actually melts! We’re pleased to announce the arrival of four brand new vegan cheeses from the Portland based company, Heidi Ho Veganics! You can now find Smoked Gouda, Chipotle Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Feta Crumbles in our dairy case. Not only do they all melt, but they are made from locally-sourced, plant-based foods.

Want to try it out, but not sure what to make? How about this recipe for smoked gouda scalloped eggplant from the Heidi Ho Veganics website. Or if that doesn’t float your boat check out their recipe page for other great ideas!

Smoked Gouda Scalloped Eggplant

2 cup eggplant, cut into rounds
1 cup onion, small dice
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 T garlic, minced
1 cup vegan Smoked Gouda, shredded
1 cup tomatoes, diced (salt and peppered)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup your favorite unsweetened milk replacer
1 t organic cornstarch
Pinch nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°. Heat your favorite unsweetened milk replacer in a sauce pan. Whisk in cornstarch and drop temperature. Add pinch of nutmeg. Let cool and thicken.

Boil rounds of eggplant in salted water for 5 minutes, strain and let cool. Sauté mushrooms, garlic, and onion until soft and let cool.

In a square pyrex dish begin to create layers. Place a layer of eggplant rounds on the bottom Spoon sauce over eggplant. Sprinkle vegan Smoked Gouda. Add mushroom and onion mixture. Add tomatoes. Add another layer of eggplant rounds, spoonfuls of sauce, vegan Smoked Gouda, mushrooms and onion mixture and tomatoes.

Add another layer of eggplant rounds, spoonfuls of sauce and top the dish with breadcrumbs. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Serve with your favorite Greens!

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Eat Oregon Cheese to Celebrate Earth Month

Did you know that April is Earth Month? What better way to celebrate than by lessening your environmental impacts through choosing locally made products! We’ve got a great selection of products from close to home, especially in our cheese department. We’ve got  two new, amazing choices, one from Madras and the other from Logsden, Oregon.

hannahMeet Hannah, a raw milk cheese from Ancient Heritage Dairy located in Madras, Oregon. Hannah is a sheep and cow cheese blended to create a nutty, creamy, caramel goodness you’re sure to enjoy.

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We’ll be celebrating Earth Month with some amazing deals on local cheese. Stop by and check out our selections from local dairies. Then on the 20th of this month we’ll be doing a tasting of some our favorites!

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Premium Jersey Milk from Mulino, Oregon

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Check out Garry’s Meadow Fresh milk in our dairy case from Lady-Lane Farm in Mulino, Oregon. Lady-Lane Farm is a small, traditional dairy that produces milk from Jersey cows. The Jersey is known as the “queen of quality” in the dairy industry because of it’s superior taste. Jersey cows are also the smallest of all dairy breeds which equals less impact on the environment! Compared to conventional milk, Jersey milk is higher in calcium, protein and nonfat milk solids which enhances the product’s creamy texture and taste. Garry’s Meadow Fresh milk is vat pasteurized and non-homogenized to maintain its original nutritional qualities. Come taste the difference!

Featured Product: Fern’s Edge Raw Goats Milk

We are excited to announce the addition of Raw Goats Milk from Fern’s Edge Dairy in Lowell!

Here’s a bit about them from the front page of their site:

Fern’s Edge Goat Dairy is a farmstead artisan cheese facility “staffed” by the long-established and award-winning Mt Zion Dairy Goat herd.

Our farm and dairy are nestled at the base of Mt. Zion in the Cascade foothills overlooking beautiful Dexter Lake. We are committed to creating nourishing dairy products that are handmade in small batches, uniquely crafted and locally produced — ensuring quality, freshness and a wonderful taste.

Fern’s Edge uses all organic practices and certified feeds as well as biodynamic methods in managing our animals and in working the land as we strive to foster sustainability and enhance our daily rhythm with the Earth.

Our first cheese offerings are an array of fresh-flavored soft cheeses seasoned with our own farm-raised herbs or off-farm organic ingredients and wild-crafted edibles. We are also working on some raw milk aged cheeses as well as some bloomy and mold-ripened varieties that will be available soon.

We’re pleased to be offering such a high quality local product! Look for us to be bringing in their cheese soon as well!