Family Friendly Farms Tour
Bring the whole family on a tasty tour of farms, bakeries, restaurants and u-pick stands. Each season brings new tastes: pumpkins and apples, strawberries and blueberries, fresh honeycomb. Get started with some of our favorite picks below.
Start the day at the Lane County Farmers Market in downtown Eugene for breakfast and shopping (Tuesday and Saturday). The area’s oldest and largest farmers market offers a variety of local foods throughout the year (closed in January). But head in any direction peak season and find a Saturday market: Veneta Downtown Farmers Market, Dexter Lake Farmers Market, Spencer Creek Community Market and South Valley Farmers Market.
Stop at Creswell Bakery for lunch and to-go items and get a taste of the country. Everything here is made from scratch from classically trained chef and owner, Heidi Tunnell. This local favorite serves up the best cinnamon rolls you will ever taste; they are massive with a healthy layer of cream cheese frosting that doesn’t disappoint.
Head east towards Territorial Highway for a pre-arranged tour and honey tasting at Queen's Bounty. Beyond popular annual varietals like blackberry and wildflower, ask about special limited-edition treats – and (if you come after harvest) fresh honeycomb.
Next, it's time to visit a farm stand and pick your own fresh fruit! Come for berries in the summer and apples in the fall at Bush’s Fern View Farms nearby Fern Ridge Reservoir. Other area farms that offer u-picks, pumpkin patches, warm cider, fresh apples, farm animals and corn mazes include Detering Orchards, Hentze Farm and Thistledown Farm.
Return to Eugene for dinner at Grit Kitchen – the owner and chef is a farmer, and everything she prepares comes from her farm or others nearby.
The Family Friendly Farms Tour is one of three suggested itineraries that make up the South Willamette Valley Food Trail. Produced by the South Willamette Valley Culinary & Agritourism Studio, this project is the fourth iteration of Travel Oregon’s Oregon Food Trails. The South Willamette Valley Food Trail will be available in April as a printable and downloadable guide to Oregon's delicious culinary and agritourism experiences.