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Many traditional artists paint linen or sculpt stone. For an agri-artist such as Craig Easterly, though, a cornfield makes a perfectly good canvas. For more than a decade, Craig has been chiseling through the 12-foot stalks of his 5-acre field to create what is from the ground a maze of rustling green tunnels and from above a stunning tableau of Portland themes and images. "I like to create designs that resonate with Portlanders and our friends in the greater Portland area," he said in a 2011 press release. One year, his work cut the city's bridges and rivers into the corn; in another he incorporated the Portland Timbers insignia into his maze.

Many traditional artists paint linen or sculpt stone. For an agri-artist such as Craig Easterly, though, a cornfield makes a perfectly good canvas. For more than a decade, Craig has been chiseling through the 12-foot stalks of his 5-acre field to create what is from the ground a maze of rustling green tunnels and from above a stunning tableau of Portland themes and images. "I like to create designs that resonate with Portlanders and our friends in the greater Portland area," he said in a 2011 press release. One year, his work cut the city's bridges and rivers into the corn; in another he incorporated the Portland Timbers insignia into his maze.

Each fall, these Sauvie Island fields birth both Craig's famous corn maze and its evil twin, the Haunted Maize, which spooks its visitors at night with costumed actors and eerie animatronics. Along with its mazes, The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch also sprouts fall-centric family-friendly activities. Overall-clad patrons bounce along on free hayrides, get crowned king of the hay mountain, or mimic the beastly accents of farm animals in the big red barn.

16511 NW Gillihan Rd
Portland,
OR
US

In 1993, Casey Miller got his first job at The Meating Place, a local meat market that first opened in 1974. Then a freshman in high school, Casey started sweeping up the Hillsboro butcher's shop part-time, but by graduation, he had worked his way into an assistant-manager position. The shop closed its doors in 1998, but Casey and original owner Steve Crossley teamed up to reopen the custom meat-cutting business and showcase meat exclusively sourced from area farms. Following family recipes, the butchery smokes all sorts of proteins, including beer sausage, salmon, and jerky, and carves sustainably raised beef and pork into custom cuts or busts of George Washington. Hunters and fishermen also turn over their own wild game for The Meating Place pros to process. Butchers grind locally sourced alpaca meat, fresh or smoked bones, and seasonal vegetables into raw dog food that makes pets' coats shine and teeth glisten while also encouraging healthy digestion.

6585 NW Cornelius Pass Rd
Hillsboro,
OR
US

For Ashley Sandell, owner of Caffeinated Culture, coffee runs in her family. Her mother, former owner of Terri Lynn Link's No Ordinary Joe, taught her the tricks of the coffee business before leaving the trade and selling her four shops. Sandell eventually decided she missed the family business and purchased one of her mother's former coffee shops where she now serves her signature coffee roast along with hormone-free dairy products. Beverages include the peanut butter kiss white chocolate mochas with peanut butter and vanilla, shots of fresh espresso, and real fruit smoothies. In addition to the drinks, the baristas dispense treats and pastries from Delphina's Bakery, Bella Cupcake, and Cookie Monkey Bakery.

12348 SE Division St
Portland,
OR
US

As the infrared sauna specialist of Anisha center for holistic health, R3 Health founder Michael Alexander helps clients target pollutants and environmental toxins that have been stored in fat cells. The infrared treatments aim to carry these out of the body through a natural sweating process as cool air keeps clients comfortable. To complement detoxification, Anisha's other specialists treat maladies with services such as massage therapy, kinesiology, and holistic physical therapy.

4031 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland,
OR
US