Where Growing is Great
With a uniquely mild and forgiving climate and fairly isolated region, Douglas County is argued to be not only one of the best counties in Oregon to garden, but one of the top areas in the world.
Over the last 10 to 15 years, Douglas County has seen a 210-day frost-free period which is the best for the state of Oregon. On top of that, Douglas County’s geographical location has a large advantage - being positioned in the south to make it warmer and being close to the ocean with no large mountains between the county and ocean makes the winters very mild.
Additionally, the county has on average a 200-day growing season which makes it optimal for getting multiple crops off, as well as having one of the most diverse soil profile maps in the entire state with approximately 230 soil profiles. This makes it a prime location for those who have specific agricultural interests - such as wine growers.
The Umpqua Valley farming season is abundant and stretches May through November. The early season at the end of May starts with strawberries, asparagus, and into June and July you’ll get additional berries, cherries, peaches, summer squash, apricots, broccoli, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, nectarines, plums. August and September welcome apples, corn, pears, prunes, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, while October and November bring Winter squash, walnuts and pumpkins.
The Berry Patch: 6271 Old Melrose Rd, Roseburg
Big Bend Berries: 458 Big Bend Rd, Roseburg
Brosi’s Sugartree Farms: 540 Winston Section Rd, Winston
DelEv’s Blueberry Patch: 7062 S. Myrtle Rd., Myrtle Creek
Estill Farms (two locations): 6680 State Hwy. 38, Drain (conventional), 32527 State Hwy 38, Elkton (organic)
Guido Orchards: 342 Shady Drive, Roseburg
Haven Riverside Blueberry Farm: 10246 Tyee Rd, Umpqua
Kruse Farms Market, Bakery & Gift Shop: 532 Melrose Rd., Roseburg
Larry’s Berries: 123 Red Fox Lane, Sutherlin
Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards: 386 Cleveland Rapids Rd., Roseburg
Paris Orchards: 1692 Curry Rd, Roseburg
Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm. 1771 W. Harvard Ave. Open all year.
Lookingglass Farmers Market
Thursdays, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 7426 Lookingglass Road. May to October.
Canyonville Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Back parking lot of Seven Feathers Casino. May to October.
Riddle Open Market
Tuesdays, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. In the lot between Sweet Confections and Main Street Market.