In the Summer issue, we invite you to travel the state to meet the people and visit the places at the heart of Oregon’s rich food culture. Here are our top picks in four regions.
Oregon Olive Mill
Taste local olive oils at the farm’s gift shop, or make reservations to take a walking tour with owner Paul Durant.
Red Ridge Farms
5510 NE Breyman Orchards Road
Dayton, OR 97114
Hours: Tues.-Sun., 9am-5pm
Gathering Together Farm
Known as one of the best lunches in the mid-Willamette Valley, enjoy a meal prepared with fresh-from-the-farm produce. The farm literally surrounds this small restaurant, which is connected to a fabulous farm stand and store.
25159 Grange Hall Road
Philomath, OR 97370
Store hours: Tues.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9am-5pm
Restaurant hours: Tues.-Fri., 11am-2pm; Sat., 9am-2pm; Thurs.-Fri., 5:30pm-9pm
Ninkasi Brewing Company
At Ninkasi’s tasting room, relax on the patio with a tasting tray and soft pretzels made by nearby Hideaway Bakery.
272 Van Buren Street
Eugene, OR 97402
Hours: Daily, 12-9pm (10pm Thurs.-Sat.)
Lane County Farmers’ Market
Truly an Oregon farmers’ market not to be missed, the Lane County Farmers’ Market is conveniently located in downtown Eugene’s park blocks next to the always colorful Saturday Market.
55 East 8th Avenue (8th & Oak)
Eugene, OR 97401
Hours: Saturdays, 9am-3pm
Take advantage of Willamette Valley’s incredible agricultural diversity, and go u-picking! Marion County’s namesake Marionberries (and lots of other produce) are right at home at Greens Bridge Gardens. Find more u-pick farms by going to localharvest.org and searching for “U-Pick Farm” in whatever city is closest!
Greens Bridge Gardens
3730 Jefferson Scio Drive SE
Jefferson, OR 97352
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm
Local Ocean Seafoods
Learn the story behind your seafood at Oregon’s premier fish market and market-style restaurant serving sustainably harvested fish on Newport’s bustling bayfront.
213 SE Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365
Fish Market hours: Daily, 10am-9pm
Restaurant hours: Daily, 11am-9pm (9:30 Fri.-Sat.)
Waves of Grain Bakery
Power up for a day at the beach with nutty sticky buns or a loaf fresh from the oven.
3116 S. Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Hours: Daily, 7am-3pm (closed Wednesdays)
Clamming in Yaquina Bay
Wild Food Adventures
Not ready to search out shellfish on your own? Join wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas for a day of guided foraging for clams or sea vegetables.
6/23 in Tillamook: Butter, Steamer and Gaper Clam Dig
6/24 in Lincoln City: Sea Vegetables, Mussels and Other Seashore Edibles
7/21 in Tillamook: Pacific Coast Clam Dig
7/22 in Lincoln City: Sea Vegetables, Mussels and Other Seashore Edibles
There’s nothing like buying seafood straight off the boats from the hands of Oregon’s fishers. Head to Newport’s Bay Boulevard. Check out this video by Oregon Sea Grant for in-depth instructions on how to purchase tuna directly from a commercial fisher.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
While you’re in Newport, take time to visit the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse, learn about aquatic critters at the interpretive center, and go tidepooling below the headland. Find info to plan your visit here.
750 NW Lighthouse Dr
Newport, Oregon 97365
Hours: Daily, 8am-4pm
Farm to Fork Events
Headquartered in Ashland, Farm to Fork Event Company organizes events throughout Oregon that give eaters authentic, intimate and delicious experiences with Oregon’s farmer and food artisans.
Applegate Valley Wine Trail
From Jacksonville to Grants Pass, explore Southern Oregon’s outstanding wine country, home to more than a dozen vineyards and some spectacular scenery. Find places to taste, stay and play throughout the region at applegatewinetrail.com. Here are two of our favorites:
1665 Eastside Road
Jacksonville, OR 97530
Tasting room hours: Tues.-Sun., 11am-4pm
255 California Street
Jacksonville, OR 97530
Tasting room hours: Thurs.-Sun., 11am-7pm
North Umpqua River
Renowned for its excellent fishing, rafting and pure beauty, the North Umpqua offers opportunities for all kinds of adventuring. Find more recreation information here.
The Steamboat Inn
Secluded riverside cottages, fine dining (reservations required) and a convenient location make this inn a perfect home base for exploring the North Umpqua River.
42705 N Umpqua Highway
Idleyld Park, OR 97447
Taste some of Rogue’s world famous blue cheeses, watch cheesemakers at work, and learn the history behind this historic creamery.
311 N. Front Street
Central Point, OR 97502
Cheese Shop hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm
Lillie Belle Farms
Adjacent to Rogue Creamery is Lillie Belle’s shop and chocolate factory, where artisan chocolates made with the farm’s organically grown berries await you.
211 N. Front Street
Central Point, OR 97502
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm
Butte Creek Mill
Watch Oregon’s only active grist mill at work, then go next door to the Country Store for unique flours and spices, or find some new old treasures at the antique store housed in a 19th-century cheese factory.
402 Royal Avenue North
Eagle Point, OR 97524
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 11am-5pm
Stop in to chat with owner Ben Moore and salivate over a massive selection of local smoked sausages, salamis and jerky.
353 SE Railroad Blvd.
Redmond, OR 97756
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Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm; Sat., 9am-1pm
Enjoy an Oregon Farm Burger made with house cured pork belly and smoked cheddar at this kid-friendly restaurant housed in a 100-year-old train station near Smith Rock State Park.
400 NW Smith Rock Way
Terrebonne, OR 97760
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11:30am–8:30pm (9pm Fri.-Sat.)
Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock’s sheer cliffs and pinnacles attract climbers from around the world, and its hiking trails and epic views of the Crooked River make it a memorable destination for the whole family.
9241 NE Crooked River Drive
Terrebonne, OR 97760
Find trails, camping, and climbing info here.
After a day of enjoying scenic Sisters, settle in for a locally sourced but French-inspired dinner crafted by owners T.R. and Jen McCrystal.
403 East Hood Avenue
Sisters, OR 97759
Hours: Daily, 5pm-close (closed Tuesdays)
Bend has combined its two true loves – biking and brewing – into a one-of-a-kind experience: a pedal-powered bar, complete with recommended cycling routes!
Bend Ale Trail
Whether by car, CyclePub, foot or shuttle, visit with brewers and taste the beers of Central Oregon.
Plan your tour, discover the Ale Trail Passport, and find lodgings here.
The Well-Traveled Fork
Chef Bette Fraser leads culinary tours taking in the cattle ranches and farms of Oregon’s high desert, and teaches cooking classes based on ingredients found in and around Bend.
Farm to Fork Event Company brought diners to Troutdale’s Dancing Roots Farm in 2011. Photo by Taylor Schefstrom.