Tip of the Week: Nut Man
Here’s a visit into the heart of Oregon’s hazelnut country where it’s harvest-time and a unique chapter of local history rolls along on this Outdoor Tip of the Week.
On the family-owned Lewis Century Farm, the hazelnut harvest takes place in a cloud of dust.
It’s a dirty job down a gravel lane in Washington County, where Mark Lewis carries on what his great grandfather started in 1905. While the passing years have seen more and more “new” machines added to the his farming operations, some machines haven’t changed in decades. For example, a stone’s throw away from the Lewis hazelnut orchards, that rise and fall across the gentle rolling hillsides, there’s one particular machine that cleans the nuts just like it did after World War II.
About the Author: Grant McOmie
Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.
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