1. Sweet Creek Pickles, jams, and Tuna
THE STORY: Husband-and-wife team Paul and Judy Fuller offer organic, Oregon-sourced preserves without artificial additives in Elmira, Oregon. The varied line of products includes apple-cider-vinegar-spiked garlic dill pickles, crisp pickled jalapenos, blackberry jam, hot salsa, and wild-caught Oregon albacore tuna.
FIND IT: At Alberta Co-op, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Food Front, Pasta Works, and People's Co-op.
2. Joe's Living Kombucha
THE STORY: After discovering probiotics greatly aided their toddler living with autism, Doug and Aimee Heck developed a line of user-friendly organic kombucha flavors with a major probiotic punch. The grape flavor tastes like old-school grape soda, perfect for getting kids (and picky adults) to reap the benefits of 'booch. Even better? 10% of all profits go towards helping children with autism.
FIND IT: Grape, lemonade and rosehip hibiscus flavors available at New Seasons in Happy Valley, Cultured Caveman, and People's Co-op.
3. Pure peppers salsa and "hell dust"
THE STORY: Polly and Dan Wilson grow all of the peppers and tomatoes used in their small-batch, organic salsas, pepper jellies, and addictive "hell dust" smoked pepper powders on their property in Lane County. The Hell Dust is great as a rub for meats or to add some grill flavor to meals cooked inside on the stove.
FIND IT: Online
4. Chehalem Ridge Fruit Salsas
THE STORY: These 100% fruit salsas from Sherrie and Dancil Strickland—in flavors like Hu-La-La Tropical, Rockin' Raspberry, Blues Berry, and strawberry rhubarb—are made without tomatoes (great for anyone with autoimmune issues avoiding nightshades) and offer a fun alternative to traditional salsas.
FIND IT: Made in Oregon stores, select Whole Foods locations, and online.
5. OUR FAVORITE FOODS PICKLES
THE STORY: Each of Our Favorite Foods Portland-made pickle products, from their Duker's Dills hot pickles and hot carrots to their rosemary lemon asparagus, is made with locally sourced produce using a third-generation family recipe. Pickler Betsy Walton has teamed up with the Small Business Development Center and Food Innovation Center in Portland to bring her grandmother Rose's recipe to market.
FIND IT: Pickles are available online and at several retailers in Oregon and Washington.
6. Rogue Small-batch Sodas
THE STORY: Move over root beer, there's a new brew in town. Two fresh additions to the brewery's lineup of small batch craft sodas—Honey Orange Soda and Citrus Cucumber Soda—use honey harvested from 119 colonies of farmstead honeybees raised at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
FIND IT: Bottles available at any Rogue Ales Public House and at rogue.com.
7. Sunshine Dairy Pumpkin Spice Nog
THE STORY: Fall at Sunshine Dairy means what it means at pretty much every other place that sells food or drink this time of year—'tis the season for pumpkin spice! The local dairy has reformulated their traditional egg nog with real pumpkin puree, so you can make a tasty pumpkin spice latté at home without all the additives and colorings of a coffe shop version. Sunshine is the milk Stumptown uses in their own lattes and popular Cold Brew with Milk cartons.
FIND IT: On the shelves at area Whole Foods soon.
8. Nourishing Kitchens' Grain-Free Paleo Granola
THE STORY: Inspired by Weston A. Price, Sally Fallon, and the GAPS and paleo diets, Julie Wasmer and Melissa Foree's organic, gluten-free, grain-free, raw granola is made in Corvallis without any added sweeteners—just fruits and nuts. The crunchy treat comes in two flavors—almond and hazelnut—and offers that familiar cereal texture for folks who miss grain-filled cereals. We've served it over yogurt, in a bowl with coconut milk, and crumbled on top of paleo muffins.
FIND IT: Online and at TK. You can also sign up for a monthly granola delivery and save up to ten percent.
Now it's your turn! What are you savoring and snacking on these days? Let us know in the comments below. Want more Portland-made products? Check out our recent roundups of the city's best vegan products, gourmet popcorn, hot sauces, kale chips, seasonal beers, macaroni & cheese, and kombucha.