Cited by the New York Times as one of the best sources for fresh blackberries in the nation in 2007, Boones Ferry Berry Farms rears a bounty of myriad berries. Amateur Old MacDonalds can strike out in search of several breeds of strawberries, including Albion, Totem, and the northwest's coveted hood ($1 / lb.). An assortment of other berries, such as blue-, boysen-, rasp-, and the confused Chuck, grow large and ripe under the Oregon sun ($1 / lb.).
The 26th Annual Tulip Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm welcomes flower-gazers to explore more than 40 acres of farmland and revel in activities such as wine tasting and letterboxing. With 114 tulip varieties, 37 unique daffodils, and myriad other blooms, a stroll through the sweeping fields will seduce nostrils more easily than Rudolph Valentino's shaving scuttle. After perusing the petals, breeze through the gift shop for a selection of cut flowers and bulbs for planting, or fuel up on bratwurst, Mexican fare, and espresso at the al fresco food court. The cost of admission grants entry for a carload of flower fanatics, so bring friends, family, or empty vases in search of true love.
Mustard Seed Farms' summer community-supported agriculture fills veggie-coffers to overflowing with farm-fresh organic produce. With 80 acres of certified-organic farmland and 40 years of farming know-how, Mustard Seed's CSA reaps a literal bumper crop of more than 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The bounty includes squash, blackberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, red and gold raspberries, cucumbers, onions, beets, and more. Each Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., customers can pick up just-picked produce, ensuring ample ammunition for impromptu food fights.
Eleven family-owned wineries situated throughout the East Willamette Valley band together to form the East Valley Winery Tour, which acquaints guests with the picturesque scenery and unique wines of their historic growing region. The tour regularly hosts events that let attendees loose to sample newly released varietals and talk with artisan vintners amid the sounds of the best live music not performed by saxophone-playing raisins. Home to more than 1,500 acres of vineyard, the region has supplied grapes for many of Oregon's largest wineries.:
A refurbished relic of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland's first and only "World's Fair," the Aurora State Bank building has gone on a hundred year journey to become the landmark it is today. Transported from Portland to Aurora in 1905, its vaults have played host to robberies, Hollywood productions, and dental cleanings. Though the bank's two original vaults remain, they now house racks that Pheasant Run Winery fills with their small-batch, locally sourced wines. Winemakers harvest their grapes from local and sustainable vineyard estates in Willamette Valley, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hills and ferment them into New World-style wines. They cold-soak grapes in small bins to extract more color and flavor for their signature pinot noir and blend merlot, syrah, and cabernet grapes to create a rich red with notes of blackcurrant and plum and the power to unite feuding grape vines.
This grey brick building is also home to their tasting lounge. Guests walk through the original doors and across the original lobby tiles to savor glasses at tasting tables surrounded by dark wood-trimmed windows. Visitors can also find a rotating collection of prints, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry from local artists. The winery owners also connect to the community through their donations to local charities and non-profits.
The Gourmet Man enlivens meals and snacks with signature MSG- and preservative-free gourmet seasonings and dips. With flavors such as Holy Jalapeno, Spunky Spinach, Lobster Lobster, Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp, PartyDipz add zest to dippable edibles from chips and crackers to veggies. The G-Gourmet line of all-natural gourmet dried spices blends natural sea salt with dozens of flavor-packed ingredients, giving pastas, meats, and vegetables a new life without legally changing their names.