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    6A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL September 28, 2016
South Valley
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From the Fields
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Farmers Market
Thursday, 4-7pm
Through 10/27
Exploring Cottage Grove area farms
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Beyond the
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Brice Creek Croft learns to
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BY JON STINNETT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
When Bruce Hutcheon and Val Rocco
settled on the land that would become Brice
Creek Croft, they originally sought to grow
food for themselves. Apparently, they got
too good at it.
The previous few years had already been
a bit of a whirlwind for the couple; they met
when Hutcheon offered Rocco a ride while
the latter was hitchhiking in New Zealand
(really).
Rocco spent time interning on a farm on
Orcas Island, Wash., while Hutcheon served
as an environmental consultant in his native
Scotland, a gig that ended when an outbreak
of hoof and mouth disease shut down many
of the country’s farms.
After spending time in California, the
couple decided they liked the Eugene area;
they would end up here in 2005.
“We were planning on buying land to
homestead and build there if we wanted to,”
Hutcheon said.
They’d settle at an idyllic piece of land
on the banks of Brice Creek, with Rocco
selling produce fi rst through Ruby and
Amber’s Organic Oasis to the farmer’s mar-
kets in Cottage Grove and Creswell. Over
time, Rocco became a stalwart presence and
friendly face at the Cottage Grove market,
which at the time took place at Coiner Park
on Wednesdays in conjunction with the
Chamber of Commerce’s Concerts in the
Park series.
Some farmers have deliberately chosen a
more solitary life, and as such they aren’t cut
out to sell their wares directly to the public
— Rocco is exactly the opposite, and she
showcases a warmth and charm that makes
her the perfect salesperson of her own pro-
Skilled Nursing at Coast Fork Nursing
photo by Jon Stinnett
Val Rocco harvests sweet corn at Brice Creek Croft, which offers its wares
at Cottage Grove's Farmers Market each Thursday.
their goods to the farmers market at the cor-
ner of Seventh and Main streets each Thurs-
day afternoon as part of a concerted effort to
reach out directly to their customers, neigh-
bors and friends.
“For each of us to make the commitment
to be there each week is huge,” she said.
“We’ve focused on feeding ourselves and
grown food because we love working on the
land. It offers a healthy lifestyle, which is
super important to me.”
Rocco and Hutcheon say there’s no spe-
cifi c formula or secret to their farming
success aside from the time-tested method
of keeping animals to consume vegetable
waste, then allowing the animals’ waste to
fertilize the vegetables.
“All that’s required is a lot of muscle and
time,” Rocco said. “But every year, you
learn something new. Last year, we learned
all about pigs. This year, it’s been about
bees and making a human baby.”
duce and ambassador of the area’s farmers.
As time marched on and the farm’s out-
put increased, Rocco believed it was time to
expand, and the couple leased land nearby
to further ramp up production. Now, they’ve
reined things back in a bit as Rocco’s teach-
ing job at Dorena has taken shape and the
demands of expecting a new addition to
the family have dictated. But cutting back
hasn’t been easy.
“It’s hard to stop selling people food,”
said Rocco. “We have an intimate relation-
ship with our customers, who we see every
week.”
Two years ago, the Chamber of Com-
merce elected to move the concert series to
Bohemia Park, leaving the farmers market
without an obvious home.
“Having the market move was really sad
for the farmers,” Rocco said. “We stopped
having a place to vend, a place to show our
face to the community. Now, we have our
face again, and I’m super stoked.”
Now, Rocco and other area farmers bring
Walking into Coast Fork one can tell this is a place filled with camaraderie
and closeness. This place radiates with the loyalty, love and laughter of old
friends. Spending time at Coast Fork Nursing Center is like joining a group
of life-long friends for coffee. The laugher spills over into the hallways, the
appreciation for each other rings in the words they say, and the commit-
ment to the future is evident in each and every heart.
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