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  • 'Challenge' events for 2010: forums, farms and growers markets

  • Friday, Sept. 10
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  • Friday, Sept. 10
    • Brian's Green Thumb Farm tour — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point. Taste 12 varieties of tomatoes and other seasonal, organic vegetables, as well as locally made, flavored sugars, salts, seasoning rubs and more; free.
    • Taste Shibui — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland; free.
    • Hillcrest Growers Market — 3 to 7 p.m., RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford.
    • Applegate River Wine Fest — 5 to 8 p.m., Cantrall-Buckley Park, Hamilton Road, Applegate. Annual fundraiser and silent auction with wine tasting, appetizers and live music benefit Applegate and Williams elementary schools; cost is $25; register at www.gacdc.org.
    Saturday, Sept. 11
    • Talent Harvest Festival — 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., downtown Talent. Vendors, artists, music, food, run/walk and many children's activities for Talent's centennial year; free admission.
    • Eagle Point Saturday market — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., between the Butte Creek Mill and Eagle Point Museum on Royal Avenue.
    • Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lithia Way and First Street, Ashland.
    • Saturday Medford market — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., McAndrews Road, between Poplar Drive and Biddle Road, Medford.
    • Grants Pass Growers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., corner of F and Fourth streets, Grants Pass.
    • "Preserve the Local Bounty!" — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seven Oaks Farm, 5504 Rogue Valley Highway, Central Point. Demonstration with Oregon State University master food preservers; free.
    • Eat Local Festival — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ashland Food Co-op, 237 N. First St., Ashland; sign up for the Eat Local Challenge; free admission and live music; food available for purchase.
    • Taste sparkling pear wine — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford; wine tasting with Hillcrest Orchard pears; free.
    • Taste Shibui — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland; free.
    • Brian's Green Thumb lunch — noon, Brian's Green Thumb Farm, 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point, catered by First Street Cafe; cost is $12, reservations only; call 541-879-1188 or e-mail briansgreenthumbfarm@charter.net. Also Sept. 18.
    • Taste oil-free dressings — 2 to 4 p.m., Rising Sun Farms, 5126 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix; free.
    • Farm to Fork dinner — 5 to 8:30 p.m., Blackberry Lane Farm, 2926 Lower River Road, Grants Pass. Tour the farm and enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared from the farm's products; cost is $60, reservations only; see www.farmtoforkevents.com.
    Sunday, Sept. 12
    • Rogue River Sunday market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 110 Pine St., in the Umpqua Bank parking lot.
    • Rogue Flavor farm tour — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Swallow Springs, Bradford Family and Pholia farms, Evans Valley. Tour farms, meet chickens and goats, learn Evans Valley history and enjoy lunch with optional tasting of Trium wine; cost is $20, which includes lunch, $10 for children; call 541-488-7272 for reservations.
    Sunday, Sept. 12 (cont.)
    • Taste sparkling pear wine — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford; wine tasting with Hillcrest Orchard pears; free.
    • Brian's Green Thumb Farm tour — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point. Taste 12 varieties of tomatoes and other seasonal, organic vegetables, as well as locally made, flavored sugars, salts, seasoning rubs and more; free.
    Monday, Sept. 13
    "Reduce Inflammation With Local Food" — 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., The Right Plan, 706 Cardley Ave., Medford. Open-house and discussion with tastings of Runnymede Farm, Rogue Creamery and Rising Sun Farms products; free.
    Wednesday, Sept. 15
    • Grants Pass Growers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Riverside Park, Grants Pass.
    • Talent evening market — 5 to 8 p.m., 110 Main St., Talent (between City Hall and the library).
    • Blondies' Bistro benefit for THRIVE — 5 to 8 p.m., Blondies' Bistro, 226 S.W. G St., Grants Pass. Specials made with local products available for purchase with 10 percent of proceeds benefitting THRIVE.
    • Community food forum — 7 p.m., Ashland Food Co-op Community Classroom, 300 Pioneer St., Ashland. Discussion about wheat production in the Rogue Valley; free.
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