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.
North Albany Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, 6980 NW Hwy 20. 100% gluten free, runs special events & Summer.
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: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, Kirk and North Main, Brownsville. Runs June-October.
Sweet Home Farmers’ Market: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1141 12th Ave. (near the library). 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: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; 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. 36483 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.
Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail
Over the last decade, knowing the source of our food and drink, and the makers who craft our brews (or the chefs who prepare our meals) has become increasingly important to travelers. Over 50 businesses are represented on the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail, a collection of local eateries, farms, brewers and distillers and other sites highlighting our food-to-table connection. Settle into a cabin at an actual working farm stay, help bottle feed baby lambs, pluck your own blueberries from the fields or indulge in a scrumptious farm-to-table dinner. You can spend several days building your itinerary as you pass through some of the most scenic countryside in Linn and Benton counties. To start your adventure, request a Trail brochure at the AVA, 541-928-0911, featuring participating businesses, maps and sample itineraries. Other food trails can be found at traveloregon.com. Or, download our free Albany Explorer app at either Google Play or the Apple Store to find more fun and interesting places to visit, shop and eat.
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.