Current Mission-Driven Community Programs
Fruit Box Project
The Fruit Box Program addresses a complex problem. Some students come to school without having eaten breakfast, or without the means to have a healthy lunch.
Thanks to a partnership with the Astoria Co-op, who provide fresh, seasonal organic fruit to North Coast Food Web at wholesale cost, and to a generous donation from a local supporter, the Fruit Box Project took off in 2013.
Read more about the Fruit Box Project in a story published in the Astoria Co-op newsletter: Fruit Box Project.
We are now in 5 schools around the county, providing a healthy snack for those who would enjoy one.
June 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19 impact on schools, we were not able to deliver fruit to students as of April 2020. We hope to resume this program when we are able to deliver to schools again.
Education & Outreach
Staying involved in the community ensures us that people of all ages are learning about local food in the pacific northwest, where to find it and who is making it. Through educational events and engagement in our kitchen, we strive for developing knowledge and community connection.
We host a handful of cooking classes at our teaching kitchen for all different age groups. Learn or improve your cooking skills with some amazing celebrity guests in the community.
June 2020 Update: Spring 2020 classes have been cancelled and we are not planning classes for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19.
Are you part of a group, organization, school, or business that would be interested in a Group Cooking class?
We can organize custom classes for groups of 8-12 participants in the Food Web kitchen. Group Classes depend on the Food Web schedule and availability of a class instructor. Cost is usually around $40-$60 per participant, based on menu, length of class, and number of people. If you're interested, please email us at "email@example.com".
Small Farms Market Day
We help local farmers and food producers sell their products through the Food Web to support our local food economy. Local farmers, foragers, and food producers sell their produce, eggs, meat, dairy, and other value-added products for sale. Market Day is operated primarily by volunteers.
Individuals and restaurants can order online through our Market Day Online Ordering site. Register as a customer, order weekly Sunday-Tuesday, and pick up products on Thursday 2-6pm.
Before COVID-19, we held an in-person farm stand each Thursday at the Food Web. This is suspended for the foreseeable future due to COVID. Our space is small and we have many customers, producers, and volunteers in high-risk categories. Plus, we believe that Online Ordering is easier and more straightforward!
During the main growing season, some local farmers also use the space as a pick-up location for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members. In 2020, we host CSA pick up for Spring Up Farm, Glory B Farm, and Forage & Farm each Thursday.
Local Food and Farmer Resources
Strong producer to consumer connections are a key part of a healthy local food system, and North Coast Food Web is hopeful to connect farmer to consumer and consumer to farmer.
In 2017, we published the North Coast Food Guide which included detailed information about twelve North Coast farmers markets and over sixty local food producers.
Our 2019 Farm & Market Guide for the Columbia Pacific Region is now available with information about producers, farmer's markets, and farm stands in Clatsop & Pacific counties of Oregon and Washington.
If you’re a producer (defined as a local business that’s primary activities are related to fishing, farming, ranching or foraging) and would like to be included in our guide, or if you would like a stack of farm guides available at your market or business, please contact us!
June 2020 update: In light of COVID-19, we decided not to publish a printed guide this year. We do have a webpage dedicated to ways customers can buy local food from farmers.