What does it mean to be made in Oregon? Even before the White Stag sign first turned on its lights, “Oregon Made” goods had earned a reputation for being practical, rugged, and honest-made.
Everyone knows the gift-shop classics — Tillamook, Pendleton, assorted microbrews. But these days, a bunch of new businesses are making good on the Oregon made tradition.
Here are some of our favorite Oregon-made goods that can be found nationwide.
Leatherman: Oh sure, Swiss Army knives are fine for picnics. But when it’s actually time to face the elements, nothing does the job like a Leatherman. The company’s founders are descendants of pioneers and they take their rugged heritage seriously (think testing new gear on the face of Mt. Hood). Plus, their tools have replaced the corkscrew with a carabiner that also acts as a bottle opener — pure, grizzled genius.
Harvest Roast Pumpkin Seeds: You can find these in just about any vaguely healthy grocery store. These are pumpkin seeds roasted to savory perfection and nicely seasoned (think honey sesame and jalepeno). They’re crunchy, salty, and full of all those vitamins the health nuts are always raving about. Plus, the seeds all come from small local farms.
Bob’s Red Mill: We've all been there — skimming some elaborate recipe, preparing to impress our relatives/guests/gluten-free date with a new specialty. But wait — who the hell makes fava bean flour? And are you supposed to ground that hazelnut meal yourself? Don’t worry — Bob’s got your back. For over 50 years his mill has been grinding meals and mixes. And with all his gluten-free flour specialties (black bean, coconut, amaranth, and more) he makes wheat flour look amateur.
SurveyMonkey: These free surveys have settled many an inter-office dispute. Not sure of where to go for your next work retreat? Need to pick a theme for prom? Take it to a vote, Survey Monkey-style — and save yourself an hour-long meeting.
NAU: These folks specialize in “outdoor urban” apparel — i.e., performance gear that is both tough and classy. Plus, they use sustainable materials and donate 2% of profits to humanitarian partners. Just straight-up cool all around.
As always, this post is pure local love — nobody's paying us to say any of this.