Anyone who has spent even a short time in the Rogue Valley and enjoys eating good food knows August is one of the best months of the year.
August is when the corn shows up at the Growers Market. August is when the tomatoes are plump and plentiful.
And don't get us started on the peaches. Redhavens, 49ers — each juicier and more delicious than the last. At least that's how it seems.
Not only is the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market in full swing — Tuesdays in Ashland, Thursdays at the Medford Armory on South Pacific Highway and Saturdays at The Commons in downtown Medford — but customers of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank are getting in on the action, too. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Ashland Garden, 400 pounds of produce has been distributed already this year.
Rotary Club volunteers tend the garden, harvesting and delivering produce on Saturdays to the food bank, which also maintains its own garden.
The food bank accepts donations from local gardeners, too — so if your own backyard endeavors have resulted in more than you can use, drop some off during food bank hours at 560 Clover Lane, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday, and 5-7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday. You'll be glad you did.
If you don't have a garden, be sure to patronize the Growers Market, and support local agriculture. Stimulating the local economy never tasted so good.