Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail?
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is a collective effort that connects locals & visitors to the bounty of the Wild Rivers Coast. It’s an opportunity to taste the place of each unique community in our region.
A group of 39 businesses from Brookings to Reedsport, and inland to Myrtle Point, make up the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail. All of the businesses feature local food, sourcing food within 150 miles of their respective locations. There are 6 categories of businesses – Farms, Farm to Table, Seafood, Markets, Craft Brews & Spirits, and Artisan Products.
Why was the Food Trail established?
The Food Trail is a way for locals & visitors to have access to locally crafted products from our Region. Supporting local food is a way to support our local communities and the producers/crafters that work hard to grow and use our local ingredients. The Eat Fresh and Local team decided to collectively market and promote each and every business that sees the value in sourcing local. This is truly a community project.
Are all Food Trail stops open year round?
Of course not! Local food means seasonal & fresh foods. While restaurants & brew pubs are open year round, you can expect local foods to be served primarily during their respective seasons. Freezing & processing can extend the availability of local foods. Farms & markets are typically open seasonally, so be sure to check the brochure or businesses websites for up to date information about each location.
What is the history behind the Food Trail?
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail initially started in 2015 as a Farm Trail extending from Port Orford to Bandon. Following a Travel Oregon Rural Tourism Workshop Series in 2013-14, the Eat Fresh & Local (EFL) Team was formed to build economic opportunities around Culinary & Agritourism. They held networking events in all three parts of the Region and listened to stakeholders about the kinds of activities they would like to see developed in our Region. The Farm Trail idea came from a networking event that was held in the Northern part of Curry County, and was modeled after the Hood River Fruit Loop. The Farm Trail was piloted for three years with 9 businesses, and grew in popularity.
As the third year of the Wild Rivers Coast Farm Trail came to an end, the Eat Fresh & Local Team decided that they wanted the trail to represent more of the local food in the area. With support from the Farm Trail members, the R.A.R.E AmeriCorps, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, the EFL Team expanded the farm trail in both scope and geography, creating the Food Trail as it is today.
Can other businesses join the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail?
Every other year there will be an opportunity for businesses who meet the criteria to join the Food Trail.
What is the criteria to be on the Food Trail?
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail defines of local as “a product - or the majority of the ingredients in a product - which originates within 150 miles of the physical location of the entity being listed".
At least 50% of the product displayed or for sale at a farm must be grown/raised/harvested/produced on that farm.
Restaurants must source a yearly average of at least 33% of their food ingredients used in their business locally. It is preferable that the producers used are promoted on the menu or in the restaurant as well.
Other businesses must have at least 50% of product sold either processed or value added locally. This includes coffee beans roasted in house, bread baked, beverages brewed or distilled in-house, etc.
Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and connect with an Eat Fresh & Local Team member.