Farm-to-table freshness is all well and good, but here in Oregon you’ll find growers and makers who can help you stock the pantry with culinary delights that keep. This is especially true in the fertile lands of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood. From fermented organic foods to fresh apple cider, a cornucopia of deliciousness awaits you — and you can bring much of it home, too.
Beyond seasonal ingredients for your kitchen, many of these small farms and companies invite you to come see the land and learn more about their craft. You can pick apples and sip cider at Draper Girls Country Farm, peek in on the fermentation operation at Oregon Brineworks, relax and wander the grounds at the Hood River Lavender Farms, and stock up on local jams at Pearl’s Place. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at some locals’ favorite culinary spots and the homegrown goodness.
Kacie McMackin is a food writer, recipe developer and photographer. She loves creating recipes from seasonal, local ingredients to share on her blog and serve to her family. She is happiest in the kitchen, sipping great wine and, of course, eating great food.