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Top 10 You-picks, Farms & Gardens to visit this summer

| 06/18/2018 | Family, Farm Agritourism, Food, Salem Area, Wine+Farms Page - Articles

The Mid-Willamette Valley is home to dozens of nurseries and orchards. Pick your own fruit at the farm, cool down with a sweet treat at a farm stand or meet the growers at one of the many local farmers markets held throughout the summer. 

Top 10 You-picks, Farms and Gardens to visit this summer

Aspinwall’s Produce and Nursery - For more than 50 years, Aspinwall’s Produce and Nursery  has provided the Salem area with farm-fresh, seasonal produce. Today, the farm store also sells plants, flowers, ice cream and homemade treats. The store is open April through October.

Bauman’s Farm and Garden - Bauman’s Farm and Garden, in Gervais, has produce, plants and gifts available throughout the year. Order freshly baked pies from the farm’s bakery or head to the grower station to taste the farm’s hard cider.

Bernards Farm - Situated on an old, 100-acre farmstead outside of McMinnville, Bernards Farm features a small nursery, u-pick and we-pick produce throughout the year and homemade candy. Open seven days a week, seasonal produce includes spinach, potatoes, and berries.

Cherry Country - The entire family will enjoy a trip to Cherry Country, a family-owned and operated cherry orchard and chocolate factory in Rickreall. Known for its dried cherries and chocolates, the cherries are grown and harvested in the Salem area. Stop by the orchard to sample the cherries or schedule a tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the cherries go from tree to packaging.

E.Z. Orchards Farm Market - Starting in late May, visit the E.Z. Orchards Shortcake Stand to indulge in a fresh shortcake or biscuit topped with heaping servings of fresh berries or peaches, ice cream and whipped cream. The stand also serves up milkshakes, floats, smoothies, ice cream and espresso. Afterwards, head inside the farm market to shop from an assortment of local produce, gourmet foods, artisan goods and fresh-baked donuts.

Fir Point Farms - From strawberries and peaches in the summer, to apples and squash in the fall, Fir Point Farmssells seasonal produce throughout the year. Stop by the country market to enjoy a scoop of Tillamook ice cream or purchase specialty foods from the Northwest, including jams, syrups and snacks. Kids will enjoy the farm’s resident bunnies, chickens and goats.

Minto Island Growers and Tea Company - Located next to Minto-Brown Island Park in Salem, Minto Island Growers produce organic vegetables and plants starts. Visit the farm stand from May to October to eat at the farm food cart, pick tomatoes or berries, buy produce and plants or have a look around the farm. Also located on the farm is the Minto Island Tea Company, one of the only farm-scale tea plots in the country. While the tea farm is not normally open to the public, the farm is opening for three events this summer.

Red Ridge Farms - Red Ridge Farms has grown wine grapes for more than 40 years. Now, the farm has expanded to include a specialty plant nursery, Oregon’s only commercial olive oil mill, olive grove, wine tasting room and gift shop. See how olive oil gets from tree to table during one of the farm’s mill tours or explore the farm’s 17 acres of olive trees. After the tour, visit the onsite tasting room to taste Durant Vineyards’ Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay.

Willamette Valley Cheese Company - Nestled in the countryside of Salem, Willamette Valley Cheese Company’s tasting room is located on the family’s dairy farm. Taste a variety of cheeses at the farm, including Eola Jack, Creamy Havarti and Farmstead Gouda. As one of the first farmstead cow’s milk cheeses to be produced in Oregon, the cheese is made the same day the cows are milked.

Willamette Valley Pie Company - Willamette Valley Pie Company, located in Salem, is known for its frozen fruits and handmade desserts. But in the summer months, the company opens its fields for pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and marionberries. The fields are located a quarter of a mile south of the farm store.

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