Office Manager, Bend
Here in Bend, it’s autumn and the local vendors and summer farmer’s markets, with their fresh, organic produce, have closed up shop until warmer weather returns. So where do you find those delicious organic and gluten free products during the rest of the year? Bend is overflowing with merchants who sell fresh, organic and gluten-free products.
Westside: Visit Newport Avenue Market or Devore’s Good Food Store, both located on Newport Avenue. Newport Market is the ultimate stop for hard-to-find all natural and organic products. You can find whatever you’re looking for here, from fresh halibut and scallops, to an entire section devoted to products for those living gluten-free. Across the street from Newport Market is Devore’s Good Food Store. This mom-and-pop store has been around for over 35 years and is one of Central Oregon’s first natural food stores. Focusing on local organically grown products at good prices, they also stock a wide variety of locally raised meats and bulk herbs and spices.
North Bend: Trader Joe’s located off Hwy 97 in the Cascade Village Shopping Center. If you’re looking for innovative and great-tasting natural foods for less, look no further! Trader Joe’s, although corporate, is also known for bringing in products from local merchants.
East Bend: Another corporate option is the Whole Foods Market off Hwy 20 near Costco. This natural food store has it all from produce, meats and fish to all natural supplements and household cleaning supplies.
South/Central Bend: Check out Strictly Organic Coffee Company at one of their two locations: off Powerhouse Drive and in the Old Mill District. Known for their certified organic and fair trade coffee, Strictly Organic also offers breakfast and lunch. All meals are prepared using as many organic ingredients as possible with many gluten-free choices.
Tumalo: Farmer John’s Produce. Offering fresh produce from local farmers, Farmer John’s is a unique locals market located in the downtown Tumalo area. What many people don’t know is that they also bake amazing cakes and deserts and can even make them gluten-free if you just ask!