For more than a century, the Jones family has farmed in Willamette Valley. Today, they sell more than 100 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables at Jones Farm Produce, a quaint, welcoming shop with blond wood walls. Fragrant peaches, fresh zucchini, and ripe tomatoes are just a few of their offerings, as well as various products from other local farms. As an added treat, shoppers can savor fresh, fruit milkshakes or cones of Umpqua ice cream.
Peanuts go on vacations at Uncle Jack's Bar-B-Que: guests are free to nonchalantly discard their shells on the floor or even spike them to celebrate a particularly delicious bite of barbecue. The eatery presents a wide assortment of hearty barbecued meats, from chicken and brisket to beef and pulled pork. These meats can be dressed up with a number of sauces, which sit at knotted blonde-wood tables that match the knotted blonde-wood walls and any blondes who get knots in their hair.
Named the top pumpkin patch in Willamette Valley in 2011 by The Statesman Journal, the Bauman family has been sharing the soil's annual harvest with locals since 1894 through pumpkin patches and family-friendly autumn activities. After picking through gourds in search of the next jack-o'-lantern or latest replacement mannequin head, guests can visit vivacious livestock at the animal barn, defy gravity at the ziplines, and race through the obstacle course. A rock wall challenges visitors’ nimbleness, and the corn tunnels, playground, and tire castle tickle tykes' imaginations. Outdoor adventurers can take the barnyard experience home by picking up a homemade apple-caramel pie and fresh produce (not included in today’s Groupon) or by painting cow udders under dad's car.
It may be called Body Now!, but as members transform their bodies, the studio's staff also wants them to shift their perspectives. Accordingly, they focus on all-around wellness, combining elements of world dance with cardio exercises during Now Fitness! group classes and emphasizing proper posture during Yoga Now! sessions. Wise Woman! classes help older women master functional movement patterns that enable them to win arm-wrestling matches against neighborhood kids. In the fitness center, exercisers can work up a sweat on Cybex and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes, or focus on strength with machines and free weights. Positive sayings unfurl in script across the deep purple walls, motivating members as they blast through 30-minute circuit training workouts.
It was 1869 when the Lee family planted its first seed in the soil of Tualatin, Oregon. Today, three generations of the family still keep Lee Farms' lights on and its scarecrows vaccinated. They stock the country store with local produce, 18 flavors of honey sticks, and 17 varieties of jam. In the bakery, the staff hand makes pies each day, baking perennial favorites such as apple and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin.
To keep things fresh, Lee Farms rotates the selection of food and activities each season. In May a greenhouse surrounds visitors in flowers, and in October the farm transforms into a celebration of the harvest season, when guests can pick from 12 varieties of pumpkins. Lee's staff cuts down stalks to make a corn maze and drives visitors on scenic hayrides across the farm while they sample kettle corn and homemade cider.