A little storefront on Main AVE in Tillamook has stood out the past several weeks. But with construction, it has been difficult to access.
On a slow day last week, we were able to swing into this storefront: Food Table. This is run by an organization called Food Roots NW.
What is Food Roots NW?
According to Food Roots, their aim is to "foster a strong food system in which everyone in Tillamook County will be able to eat local food daily, and through which residents will better understand their role in the local food system, have the ability to grow their own food when possible, and have the resources to eat well. We believe such a food system will lead to a healthier community, a stronger economy, and increased well being throughout our communities."
Food Roots was founded in 2006 and has helped form relations with farmers, organizations, markets, and more. They have also worked with the Oregon Food Bank.
Food Roots offers a variety of programs and/or assistance
Farm To School Program
Currently the following schools participate in the Food To School Program:
The program allows students to be connected to the food they eat by having them involved in the growing of the food. Students are engaged in the planning, building, and even maintaining of the gardens at their schools. They also are connected to gardening, cooking, and nutrition lessons.
The Food To School Program also brings real world lessons in regards to science, math, technology, and engineering. These are provided through the gardening process, observations, cooking, and reading and writing.
Accessing Local Foods associated with Food Roots
As mentioned above, there is a storefront called Food Table. It is operated by Food Roots and open Monday through Friday during the day. It is operated by volunteers. Food Roots also is set up at the Tillamook Farmers Market from 9a to 2p during Market Season.
Food is grown locally and usually on a small scale.
During our visit, there was plenty of fresh vegetables present, as well as meat, dairy, and eggs from local farms.
Some of the local products were:
What is available varies from day to day and is season dependent.
Food Roots can help you with becoming a successful farmer. If you aren't ready to farm, they can also provide you with the ability to support formers by purchasing their product.
If you would like more information, you can go to www.foodroodsnw.org