Situated smack in the middle of Oregon’s most fertile growing region, Albany is overflowing with farmers producing high-quality fresh foods. You can sample their hard work for yourself by visiting one of several local farmers markets, or by visiting a farm in person.
Farmers markets are one of the best ways to get acquainted with the products and farmers available in a region. Plus–they’re fun! Brimming over with live music, tasty food, street performers and more, the mid-valley’s farmers markets are more than a place to buy fresh food–they’re a place to experience the life of your community.
Albany Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 4th & Ellsworth, Albany (City Hall Parking lot). Runs April-November.
Corvallis Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays, 1st and Jackson, Corvallis (on the riverfront). Runs April-November.
Corvallis Indoor Winter Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis (in Guerber Hall at the Benton County Fairgrounds). Runs January-April.
Lebanon Downtown Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Grant & Main, Lebanon (parking lot near Chase Bank). Runs May-October.
Brownsville Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m.Thursdays, Park & Main, Brownsville (across from City Hall). Runs June-October.
Sweet Home Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Hwy 20 & Hwy 228 (in the Thriftway parking lot). Runs June-September.
Sweet, sweet strawberries. Crisp apples. Fresh corn on the cob. Hearty grains. Grass-fed meat. Is your mouth watering yet? These are just a few of the products grown within 25 miles of Albany. This isn’t a complete listing of every farm nearby (there are way too many!) but just a sampling of some local farms that offer direct sales and u-picks. Many farm stands are seasonal; contact the farm before you make the trip.
Midway Farms: organic eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and more. 6980 NW Highway 20, Albany.
Adairs Orchards: U-pick orchards, farm stand with fruits, veggies and herbs.36542 Hwy 226, Albany.
Bose Family Farm: Seasonal farm stand, CSA program, and a corn maze every fall. 35765 Cyrus Rd. NE, Albany.
Grandpa’s Fresh Market: Indoor farm store with fruits and veggies, plus u-pick produce. 35483 Hwy 226, Albany.
Bob’s Blueberrry Hill Farm: Blueberry farm open daily from sunrise until sunset, July-August. U-pick and pre-picked, seven varieties of blueberries. 34830 Meridian Rd., Lebanon.
Springbank Farm: Blueberry farm open for sales and u-pick July-August, plus blueberry wine for sale and tasting. 32264 Berlin Rd., Lebanon.
Peoria Road Farm Market: Fruit, vegetable and flower market with farm store and u-pick. 33269 Peoria Rd, Corvallis.
Local Food Resources
Corvallis-Albany Farmers Markets. The organization behind the Corvallis and Albany outdoor farmers markets. Features a directory of market vendors.
Calapooia Food Alliance. Non-profit devoted to local food and sustainability, centered in Brownsville.
Ten Rivers Food Web. Local food organization covering Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. Website features a searchable directory of local growers and local ingredients.
Farm Stay U.S. Network of farms and farmers that offer visitors a chance to visit and vacation on a real working farm.