Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

November 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

By Melissa Wagoner Holiday meal planning can be a great time to experiment with locally sourced foods, according to Sarah Brown, owner of Diggin’ Roots Farm in Silverton. “Eating local around the holidays is a unique opportunity to raise awareness with family ...

Hanson introduces Poets’ Lament

October 2019 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Hanson introduces Poets’ Lament

It’s not just what’s inside the bottle that makes this wine special.  Hanson Vineyards has commissioned a poem for its inaugural edition of Poets’ Lament, an orange wine made from Pinot Blanc. Award-winning Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis was commissioned to write a ...

Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

October 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Dan Miletta can’t wait to get back to doing what he loves, brewing beer, a pastime he has mostly put aside for the last six months while he and business partner William Mary refurbished the space that previously ...

End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

September 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

[caption id="attachment_9426" align="alignright" width="215"] Jeff and Naomi Nizlek during their last week at Silver Grille. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Silver Grille in Silverton closed its doors after 23 years of service on Sept. 1. “There [were] a ton of reasons,” Chef ...

Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

July 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

[caption id="attachment_9281" align="alignleft" width="300"] April, Kayla and Mitch Sattler of Heavenly Yogurt. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings April Sattler has found herself doing what she’d done as a 16-year-old – working in a frozen yogurt shop. Except this time around, Sattler, 50, ...

Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

June 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

[caption id="attachment_9246" align="alignleft" width="225"] Michelle White with sons, Gabriel and Robbie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Michelle White wants everybody to feel like a kid in a candy store inside of Candy Babel. Her Silverton candy store – officially opened in February ...

Olde Moon Farm: Produce for farmers market, restaurants

June 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden | Comments Off on Olde Moon Farm: Produce for farmers market, restaurants

By Melissa Wagoner Spring has definitely sprung at Olde Moon Farm on the outskirts of Silverton. Where, just over a year ago, there was only green lawn, now nearly an acre of garden plots is scattered over the hillsides. What was ...

SACA expands hours: Now offers families weekly food pantry access

April 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on SACA expands hours: Now offers families weekly food pantry access

[caption id="attachment_9128" align="alignleft" width="298"] Paul Scoville, SACA’s Communications/Events Coordinator and Sarah DeSantis, SACA’s Executive Director. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Effective April 1, Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) began offering weekly food pantry visits rather than monthly ones – and added evening ...

Beekeeping traditions: The Honey Haus – pure sweetness and more

April 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden | Comments Off on Beekeeping traditions: The Honey Haus – pure sweetness and more

[caption id="attachment_9130" align="alignright" width="242"] Jennifer Anderson-Rumely of The Honey Haus in Mount Angel. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The smell of sweet honey is undeniably in the air in The Honey Haus, a unique Mount Angel shop that offers over eight different ...

A tasty decision: Milk dispensers improve schools’ environmental efforts

April 2019 Posted in Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on A tasty decision: Milk dispensers improve schools’ environmental efforts

[caption id="attachment_9126" align="alignleft" width="261"] The new milk dispenser in action at Butte Creek Elementary. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When a student throws away a partially-full milk carton, what has the biggest environmental impact? Surprisingly it isn’t the carton but rather ...

Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

March 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music & Band | Comments Off on Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

[caption id="attachment_9065" align="alignright" width="300"] Image by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Daniele Keating Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Past President Pete Wall selected Oktoberfest to receive the 2018 President’s Award for its tremendous community accomplishments and charitable contributions. Inaugurated in 2014, the President’s Award recognizes ...

Mount Angel Abbey: Chamber salutes 137 years of Distinguished Service

March 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Mount Angel Abbey: Chamber salutes 137 years of Distinguished Service

[caption id="attachment_9054" align="alignleft" width="300"] Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, above right, conducted the church service at last year’s Saint Benedict Festival. Nearly 1,000 people visited the Abbey in early July for an afternoon of prayer, music and a buffet picnic lunch with ...

Comfort food: Chef Raul Santana

February 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Comfort food: Chef Raul Santana

[caption id="attachment_9000" align="alignleft" width="168"] Raul Santana opened Magnolia Grill in Mount Angel in December. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Raul Santana first found work in the berry fields after migrating to the U.S. in 2000. The 16-year-old, brought by an uncle, taught ...

Volksfest: New name, fresh look

February 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Volksfest: New name, fresh look

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="alignright" width="210"] Photo by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Volksfest – or a festival of the people in German – is an apt name for the annual wintertime sausage-themed extravaganza that takes place in Mount Angel. “There’s a plethora of entertainment ...

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

January 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier will give the keynote address following a community potluck in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King Day at the Silverton Grange on Monday, Jan. 21. Co-sponsored by Silverton People For Peace and the Silverton Grange, the event is ...

A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

[caption id="attachment_8811" align="alignleft" width="300"] Heather Desmarteau-Fast and Courtney Fast, owners of the Coffee Station and Stamen and Pistil with the vintage Santa from the old 76 Station. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] A piece of Christmas past is coming home to downtown Silverton in ...

Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

Grab your passport inside this edition of Our Town and get ready to Shop Hop for a chance to win more than $1,000 in gift certificates. The Silverton and Mt. Angel chambers of commerce are banding together, expanding this year’s ...

Jazzercise benefits SACA

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Jazzercise benefits SACA

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 29th Thanksgiving benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid this year. Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. all fitness levels are invited to join in an hour-long aerobic and muscle toning session at the Silverton Community Center, 421 ...

Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

[caption id="attachment_8776" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dan with Silver Falls Bread Company[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Sometimes ‘feeding your neighbors’ is a metaphorical concept, and sometimes it’s literally the best thing you can do,” Hilary Dumitrescu said when asked about the new partnership between the ...

‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on ‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

[caption id="attachment_8727" align="alignleft" width="300"] Diners at the first MADA event at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Nine strangers were recently asked to find two things they all shared. Gathered at a Make America Dinner Again (MADA) ...

Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other, People | Comments Off on Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

By Melissa Wagoner After seven years, Mount Angel’s annual Hazelnut Festival was hanging in limbo due to the recent passing of its co-founder Maureen Ernst. “There was some talk about, ‘I don’t know if this is going to happen this year,’” ...

Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions: How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead ...

Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

[caption id="attachment_8674" align="alignleft" width="300"] The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the ...

Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

By Melissa Wagoner  When library fines add up many people stop using the library – according to Christy Davis, Director of the Silver Falls Library District. Now, for a limited time, those patrons have the chance to pay off their fines ...

Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

[caption id="attachment_8670" align="alignleft" width="257"] Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When Elizabeth Voth cooks she focuses not just on taste but on making sure the nutrients in her food are both present and ...