Yes, it is pumpkin spice season! And here in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, autumn's changing colors signal even more favorite foods, fragrances, tastes and treats. Flavors like sweet and gooey caramel apples, tangy hard cider, warming spirits and dark roasted coffee.

Fall into Abundant Harvests

The fertile Willamette Valley is a cornucopia of berries, stone fruits, melons, squashes, greens, root vegetables and more. As the leaves change color, farmers are harvesting their summer crops. The Lane County Farmers Market is one of the region’s largest markets, taking place on Saturdays in downtown Eugene. Relish sun-ripened peaches, colorful peppers, heirloom tomatoes, crunchy broccoli, kale and spinach piled high in their booths. Mushrooming is popular here, so go foraging with a pro or shop the wide range of mushrooms offered at the market. Local chefs love to create tantalizing dishes around these tasty fungi.

Our restaurants also embrace farm-to-table dining with seasonal menus that showcase the region’s finest fare. 

Food & Crops by Season Jul 19
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Food & Crops by Season

The Willamette Valley is robust with farm-to-table offerings. Plan your visit to the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region around seasonal culinary…

Visit the Farmers in their Fields

Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are popping up as harvest gets underway. Browse farm stands and visit farms offering u-pick pumpkins, apples and flowers. Homemade caramel apples are sold at Detering Orchards alongside jugs of their apple cider, crates of apples, bags of frozen berries and preserved peaches. 

Join in the merriment at Colonial Harvest Days, a family-friendly festival held on-site at the Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm

Family Friendly Farms Tour
: Melanie Ryan Griffin
Aug 05

Family Friendly Farms Tour

Bring your kids to a farm for u-pick fruit and vegetables or for a special harvest event. Whether picking peaches, crushing apples for cider or taking…

Taste Oregon Wine Country

It would not be a fall harvest without wine! Wineries are picking their sun-ripened grapes for fermentation. Choose the perfect bottles to pair with your upcoming holiday meals. Coincidentally, the Territorial Highway is a must-see for scouting fall foliage. With plenty of Oak trees and golden vineyards dotting the landscape, the drive out to wine country is worth the trip for the view alone.

Sample some of Oregon’s top-rated Pinot Noir from more than 20 South Willamette wineries along the route — but call ahead because some wineries change their hours in the fall.

Cozy Cellar Season Tasting Rooms Nov 17
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Cozy Cellar Season Tasting Rooms

Cellar season may be the best time to visit your favorite wineries and tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley. Head out into Oregon's wine…

Savor Seasonal Beers & Ciders

The end of summer and transition into fall also marks the occasion for the region’s hop harvest. With many breweries releasing seasonal brews in the fall, hops are especially important to Eugene’s craft breweries, due to their role in flavoring the award-winning IPAs.

WildCraft Ciderworks has crowdsourcing down to a science. Their annual Community Apple Drive invites residents to bring in locally-grown excess apples and pears from their properties in exchange for future WildCraft cider credit. 

Crafty Autumn Beers
: Doug Combs
Sep 20
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Crafty Autumn Beers

Craft beer and hard ciders pair perfectly with changing leaves, back to school, football games and the crisp autumn air. So what…

Feel the Holiday Spirit

A festive cocktail brightens the overcast days and Eugene's distillery scene has an array of locally-distilled spirits for your holidays. Stock up on those mini candy canes to add flair to your sweet drinks.

Between abundant harvest and the lovely fall foliage throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, everyone can enjoy a classic autumn experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample some of the freshest food available in a community grounded in all things local!

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