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Family Friendly Farms Tour

Published: July 05, 2019

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.

Eugene to Creswell to Veneta

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.

Author: Bri Matthews

Bri Matthews is a Virginia-native, but has pursued her thirst for adventure and travel by living and studying all over the world, from South Carolina to New Zealand. After finishing her degree in Tourism Management and Geography at the University of South Carolina, she and her boyfriend re-located to the Pacific Northwest to align their passions and values with their environment. Bri is a culinary enthusiast and an environmentalist. Find her outside hiking, at home cooking fresh local foods or, out trying Eugene’s latest and greatest craft brews and wines.