Ah summer here in Northwest Oregon. Now that we’re stuffed with all the strawberries we could eat and the heat is sending the plants into repose, it’s time for blueberries, orchard fruit, and an amazing array of vegetables. As the familiar kid’s chorus, “But I’m bored” begins to fill the air, it’s great there is so much fun to be found at our area farms for the whole family: picnic grounds, petting zoos, kids’ farm camps, art classes, dinners, family fun days and music concerts! Here’s a big bundle of activities for you and your family this August at our member farms. Check for individual farm updates on tricountyfarms.org because these farms come up with more great activities all the time!
AUGUST 5 Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood, OR—4:30 p.m. Six Seasons Farm Dinner with Chef Joshua McFadden. Ticket price includes beer/wine, appetizers, farm tour and gratuity. www.ourtable.us/store/p136/august5
AUGUST 6 Smith’s Berry Barn, Scholls, OR—Plate and Pitchfork farm dinner. Begin your evening with a wine and appetizer reception, then receive a guided farm tour, which leads you to our secluded orchard dining room, where you will partake in the delicious meal that awaits. End the evening with candlelight and a mouthwatering berry dessert! www.plateandpitchfork.com/dinners.aspx
AUGUST 7-11 Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood, OR—All day farm camp for kids in grades K-5. Students will spend the week exploring our 58-acre organic working farm participating in day-to-day life on the farm; we'll follow our curiosity as we taste fresh food from the fields, explore nature, plant seeds, and enjoy hands-on crafts, cooking and games. Camp runs 9am to 3pm. Come for one day or the whole week. Sign up for kid’s camp here.
AUGUST 14 Kruger’s Farm, Sauvie Island, OR—Summer camp for kids age 6-12. Weekly themed sessions are $220 per child. Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Extended care can be purchased for drop off 8am-9am and pick-up 3pm-6pm. For details, call us at 503-622-9329 Sign up for kid’s camp here.
Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood, OR—4:30 p.m. Farm Dinner with Chef Sam Smith of Tusk. Ticket price includes beer/wine, appetizers, farm tour and gratuity. www.ourtable.us/store/p138/august26
SuDan Farms appearing at the Oregon State Fair, Salem, OR. www.oregonstatefair.org
THURSDAYS IN AUGUST Kruger’s Farm, Sauvie Island, OR—Summer concert series 6:00pm-9:30pm. $15 per carload. Aug 10- Cedar Teeth. Aug 17- Jack Straw. Aug 24- Scott Law. Aug 31- Jawbone Flats. www.krugersfarm.com/events-programs/summer-concerts
THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS IN AUGUST Kruger’s Farm, Sauvie Island, OR—Summer Farm to Plate dinners 6:00 p.m. Dine al fresco under the Farm’s 200-year-old oak tree, enjoying deliciously prepared and sustainably grown farm food. Reserve dinner tickets here.
Hartnell Farms, Clackamas, OR — Bring a picnic to enjoy in the courtyard under the walnut tree. Free carousel for the kids, and of course, u-pick fields open.
Moonridge Farms, Beavercreek, OR — Plan a farm stay get away and enjoy Moonridge Farms miles of walking trails and labyrinth path. www.moonridgefarms.com/farmstay.php
The Original Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR— Bring the kids and visit with furry, feathered friends in the Animal Barn, 9am-6pm. www.thepumpkinpatch.com/animal-barn
MARKETS, FARM STANDS AND UPICKS OPEN! Now is the time for greatest availability of our local vegetables and berries. All of the Tri-County member farms and markets are up and running for the season. Find your market, farm stand or u-pick on our interactive map at: www.tricountyfarm.org/map.php
BLUEBERRY SEASON Find Oregon’s beautiful, plump, sweet blueberries at u-pick farms and markets through mid August. www.tricountyfarm.org/product/blueberries
ORCHARD FRUIT SEASON Fragrant, local peaches (limited harvests in 2017), plums, nectarines and pears begin to appear in mid August. Find your favorite orchard u-pick or farmstand. www.tricountyfarm.org/product/peaches
20th July 2017