Crop Up Dinners

Oregon Crop-Up Dinner Series & Market Showcase

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University are teaming up this summer to offer five dinner events in five different communities. Each event will feature Oregon grown specialty crops. The “Crop Up Dinner Series and Market Showcase”, which runs in July, August, and September, is designed to bring together local growers, food buyers, chefs, and the general public.

“We are hoping to educate attendees about Oregon specialty crops,” says Julia Turner, an ODA international trade manager who, along with OSU Research Chef Jason Ball, has been planning and organizing the dinner series. “Oregon produces more than 200 different crops and most of them are specialty crops. That’s pretty impressive. We hope to promote these crops, teach people where they are grown, how you can cook with them, and how they can be enjoyed in various recipes.”
Crop Up Dinners
Each event has two main components– a market event and a dinner. The market event is simply a mini-farmers’ market with local growers offering part of their harvest and interacting with guests and buyers. Local food companies will also be on hand. ODA and OSU will have educational booths providing handouts and other materials promoting Oregon specialty crops. After the interactions, conversations, and education, it will be time to sit down for a fun and delicious dinner.

“Anyone in these five communities that is interested in food, interested in supporting local farmers and growers, and interested in having a fun, unique experience should attend,” says OSU Research Chef Jason Ball. “People most likely have been to a farmers’ market and they certainly have been to a dinner. But to have a farmers’ market and dinner happening side-by-side is really cool. It’s a great deal to have a great meal and the opportunity to bring all these things together under the theme of Oregon specialty crops.”

Admission is $20 per person. There are 100 tickets available per event. Each ticket provides access to the farmers’ market showcase as well as the full dinner and entertainment for the evening. See dates for the entire series below as well as more detailed information for the first two upcoming events in Aurora and Astoria. More information and tickets to each dinner are available on the OSU website.


Crop-Up Series Dates

Aurora – July 21 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center
Astoria – August 4 at the OSU Seafood Lab
Hermiston – August 18 at the Hermiston Agricultural Research Center
Portland – August 24 at the Food Innovation Center
Medford – September 13 at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center


July 21 – Aurora – Details


Confirmed Vendors:
Oregon City Brewing
St Josef’s Winery
Big B Farms
Oregon Dulse

HBF International:
  Egoroff Farms
  Gelato Maestro

Music Provided by James Clem

Collaborating Chefs: Ryan & Crystal Abitz of Urban Gourmet PDX

August 4 – Astoria – Details


Confirmed Vendors:
Fort George Brewery
Lazy Creek Farm
R-evolution Farm
Gales Meadow Farm
Blossom Vinegar

Music Provided by James Clem

Collaborating Chef – Jeff, Fort George Brewery


For more information, please contact:

Jason Ball, Oregon State University
[email protected] or 503-872-6674

Julia Turner, Oregon Department of Agriculture
[email protected] or 503-872-6603

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