Following Theresa's lead I'm chiming in with some of my favorite local businesses. I'm located not too far to the west of Theresa, on the western most front of the Rogue Valley.
I have to agree with Theresa, Rogue Creamery has the best cheeses. They used to be located here in Grants Pass but are now in Central Point, they do have a booth at our local grower's market which runs from March-December. All the cheeses are yummy but the award winning blues are my favorites.
Taylor's Sausage is actually located 30 miles south of Grants Pass in Cave Junction where we lived for 11 years before moving to our current home on the north side of GP. They raise the pigs for their own sausage and it's wonderful. The country store also has other varieties of meats and groceries. I get a lamb processed by them every fall, they do a great job.
Now onto sweets. Cary's Toffee is incredible - the best toffee I've ever tasted. They have a storefront full of the most yummy chocolate covered toffee's with windows into the factory so you can watch the toffee being made. When my neice Charlotte sent me 'Flat Stanley' her school project (many of you I'm sure are familiar with Flat Stanley) we went to Cary's - they let me bring Flat Stanley into the production area and we took a picture of him with one of the workers, FS was wearing his hairnet.
Marshmallow Heaven is my newest find. They are located in Rogue River, I found my supply of them at Sandi's Candies in Grants Pass. One of these gourmet marshmallows atop hot cocoa can't be beat.
Tussie Mussies of Williams makes one of my favorite hand lotions, I love the delicate smell of it. I've had a hard time finding it locally lately other than online but I understand that another wonderful shop in the area may be carrying it in the future - Unique Lee Yours. Lee of Unique Lee Yours has a wonderful cross-stitch shop on the north side of the city of Grants Pass. Nice stock, can order anything you'd like, and Lee is the friendliest and most helpful shop owner not to mention a real sweetheart. I only wish I had more time for cross-stitch so I could shop there more often, right now the projects are piled up, need more hours in my day!
And finally another animal organization. Theresa mentioned Dogs for the Deaf in her post. I can't let this post go without mentioning Canine Angels. Sandy and her puppy raisers and trainers train dogs to be placed with children as assistance dogs/companions. There aren't many organizations that provide assistance dogs to children, most are for adults. This is one of the causes I donate to personally and our local spinning group collects cans & bottles that go to a local elementary school to add to what the kids collect to donate the proceeds to Canine Angels.
So, this is a bit of the local bounty on my end of the valley........hope you enjoy looking at the sites, and hope you decide to try some of the local goodies.