Looking for resources on paleo/primal living in the Eugene, OR area. Like, what are the best places to shop for paleo groceries, do MovNat-like exercises, go out to eat, etc?
Info. on paleo-related groups (e.g. meat shares) are also welcome.
Edit (11/16/2011): Also, information on paleo-friendly doctors would be awesome!
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on November 16, 2011
at 11:00 PM
I lived in Eugene and have a few ideas for you.
Meat: http://www.deckfamilyfarm.com is good for grass raised and finished beef, lamb, goat, milk and nut raised pork, and pastured chickens and turkeys. They're just about 30 mins out of town in junction city. They use my favorite butcher 4 Star Meat Company out near them but still in Eugene. They make the best bacon. When I have ordered animals from them before I asked for the heads and feet and other weird stuff and ended up getting extras from other animals being butchered from the same farm. Also if you order a animal or portion of an animal (they'll split it up for you, you just have to wait for other people that only want a 1/4 or 1/2) it's slaughtered at the farm. Which is a very low stress for the animal and I like that. It's also cheaper for you. One other place I haven't seen mentioned that at least used to have grass fed meat is http://kivagrocery.com right downtown near the library in the freezer section they also have a nice deli.
Dairy: Full Circle and Nettles Edge farm are good for dairy. Just search there names with eugene they are right next to each other and you can get Nettles Edges # from Full Circle (no websites). They are both biodynamic and have produce CSAs if you are interested. Full Circle does cows milk and summer veggies and Nettles Edge does goat milk and winter veggies they also make yogurt and farmers cheese all raw if you are interested. Nettles Edge also plants flint corn which is good for hominy or grinding for things like polenta or grits (I saw your other post). They deliver there goods by bike to a pick up location near the core star once a week.
Exercise: I use to go to here http://www.corestarcenter.com/index.php/home the yoga classes with j. Perry are by donation he has been doing them for a longtime it doesn't have much individual instruction but I still really liked it and I had no experience with yoga then. I also used the YMCA it's near the collage and they have financial aid if that's an issue. I also use to run up skinners butte. Mt. Pisgah http://mountpisgaharboretum.org is close to town and fun to hike around and skinny dip in the river when it's hot (eugene is full of hippies no one cares) it also has the largest mushroom festival on the west coast.
I don't know about Dr.'s sorry
I am a hunter and learned when I lived in Eugene. But I can't say I know of any way to get help with it.
I would just say learn to shoot a rifle. I started with a cheapish .22 then you can hunt small game and turkeys. Then decide what you want in a larger gauge for dear, elk, bear once you know what you like a little more. Shotguns are cheap and easy to aim. Start with a 12 gauge with a variable choke. That will give you the most bang for your buck as far as diversity of game.
A lot of people want to start out with a long bow or something but. It can make it a lot harder when you're first starting out. It can be done but I don't see the point. Learn to hunt with a gun then buy or build a bow and you can hunt both seasons. That's what I do. Also before you go hunting learn to track animals and get close then when it's actually time to hunt you will know where they are and how to find them. This can be done in places as close as Mt. Pisgah or any of the surrounding BLM land that's less than an hour from town. Oregon has a wide range of ecosystems to hunt from thick rain forrest, open pine/oak forest and prairies to sage brush dessert canyons. It's a great state for a hunter/fishermen so enjoy.
on October 20, 2011
at 02:46 AM
Hi, I'm in Ashland, and don't go to Eugene often, but since you live so close to Portland, I felt inspired to tell you about a restaurant there that I just heard of, and am excited to try next time I'm up visiting my mom...it's called Dick's Kitchen, and the owner is Paleo, and uses a lot Paleo principles in his restaurant, including all the condiments being made on site...and they serve baked sweet potato fries. It has good reviews from vegans, paleo type eaters, low carbers, and even sad eaters... grass fed local meats...okay, I got a little obsessed when I saw this, had to share with a fellow Oregonian! As far as buying meats goes, I have the best luck here connecting with local farmers at our growers market, and I know Eugene has a lot of great local foods being grown and available at your local markets...that would definitely be where I'd start...good luck!
on November 16, 2011
at 11:18 PM
Check out Full of Life Farm for your meats and eggs. http://www.fulloflifefarm.com/
on October 19, 2011
at 09:48 PM
We get our meat from Sweet Home Farms which sells in bulk, by the piece and also has a CSA. The CSA has a pickup in Eugene! It's pretty cool getting a variety of meats (our shares have beef, pork, chicken, lamb and goat!) including sausage, steaks, whole chickens, roasts and ribs. I finally cooked some lamb ribs from them that I was unsure what to do with. They were freakin' delicious!
We haven't gotten any offal in our share though. I suspect they'd include it if we asked. They do sell offal separately.
on October 19, 2011
at 07:52 PM
Hi, fellow Eugenian! I'm a slug, so can't answer your exercise question, but I shop a couple of places for good meat. Long's -- expensive but wonderful, and you can order boxes of grass-fed "Knee-Deep" beef for a pretty good price from them. Bright Oak on Main in Springfield has all kinds of organ meats in their freezer, as does the Latin Market on 7th in Eugene. Probably not grass-fed, though.
I haven't seen any restaurants I'd call "paleo" -- AFAIK, everyone still uses vegetable oil -- but Belly on 5th is very, very good for carnivores. Here's a story that ran just today in the R-G in which Belly makes an appearance (towards the end).
ETA: Although I am a slug, my husband is not, and he enjoys kayaking the Willamette every summer. He also fishes and bowhunts, and I think he enjoys the meat even more for having been responsible for it. He can testify that those activities qualify as "exercise." Well, maybe not so much the fishing.
on August 24, 2013
at 08:52 AM
Kind of late to this post, but if you're still looking for a Paleo doctor try Dr. Martin Hurtado at Inkwell medical group. He actually introduced me to Paleo when I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. I can't recommend him enough. He even raises his own grass fed cows and goats!
on April 05, 2013
at 03:46 AM
Hey, I just found out that the Laughing Planet restaurant has a few Paleo Dishes. And today, I went to Vanilla Jills Soups and Scoops on 2nd and Blair. They have Paleo soups, Paleo waffles, and Paleo ice cream. So delicous! I highly recommend!
on May 23, 2012
at 06:11 AM
Hey, I've been living in Eugene since August for school and I'll be here over the summer. Any other PHers in the Eugene area?
on October 19, 2011
at 08:04 PM
In Northern California, I'm about 5 hours south from you in Shasta Lake, Ca, we have a local ranch, Lazy 69 Ranch, that ships all over, 30lbs is 279, free shipping. All grass feed, super delicious.
And from what I understand there are a lot of nice parks in Eugene, my brother just moved from Eugene to Salem, but he and his wife use to go walk all the time.
on October 19, 2011
at 07:46 PM
You could use US Wellness Meats for your animal products. They may need a few days to ship to your location. Farmers' markets are the best go-to place for produce, but failing that you can always go for local grocery stores (larger chains tend to have more GMOs and such).