Thursday, May 7, 2015

Farmlandia: Touring and tasting farm to table in the Portland area

The growing season has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, whetting appetites for a fresh and flavorful bounty. Nestled in the verdant Willamette Valley, Portland is the ideal gateway to the region’s growers and producers.

The self-guided Farmlandia Farm Loop offers a taste of goods at their peak, starting with a tour of Bob’s Red Mill and a hearty breakfast of high-quality whole grains in its bakery and restaurant southeast of Portland.

At the Oregon City Summer Farmers Market, a vibrant array of flowers, produce and artisan products await. The loop continues south and west through West Linn, Stafford and Wilsonville, taking adventurers on a multisensory exploration of local fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, farm animals and nature walks.

Four wineries offer tastings along the way and, with advance planning, it’s possible to nab a coveted spot in a cooking class at The Kitchen at Middleground Farms or a seat at a farm dinner at Our Table Cooperative.

The folks at Field & Vine have done the legwork to bring food-lovers together with the farmers, winemakers, ranchers and specialty food producers of the valley and the Columbia River Gorge in the Dinners in the Field series; this year 20 feasts will be offered in bucolic settings such as Beckham Estate Vineyard, Stoller Family Estate and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm & Vineyards.

Information Courtesy: Travel Portland