Eat Local Challenge
Open Farm Tour on Sauvie Island
Sunday, August 28, 2005
12 noon — 4:00 pm
Shop weekly at your local farmers market.
Mingle with farmers and learn about the sources of fresh local food and how to support local agriculture during the first Eat Local Challenge Open Farm Tour. Four Sauvie Island farms will open their barn doors and field gates to the public for guided tours, offering a closer look at growing practices, lessons on community supported agriculture, information on the unique condition of the island's farmland and where their produce travels once harvested.
The self-guided tour features stops at Ford Farm, Sauvie Island Organics, The Pumpkin Patch and Kruger's Farm. The day promises kid-friendly fun, samples of fresh produce and foods, pastoral charm and a dose of the realities of what takes operate a farm.
“We'd love to see more people choose to buy and eat food that is grown locally," said Tanya Murray, a farmer with Sauvie Island Organics. “Understanding where our food comes from and learning about what's happening in our region with agriculture and food production can help people make good choices about their food."
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Get Dirty, Have Fun — Experience Life on Four Farms
Ford Farm, www.cyderworks.com, is a 150-acre family-owned and operated farm where the Fords raise Highland cattle and fruit for their Cyderworks Sparkling Cyder is grown, pressed and bottled. Ford Farm is Food Alliance certified. A guided walking tour will take groups through the orchards and near pastures to learn about the Ford's commitment to growing apples without chemical pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides and to meet the farm's Highland cattle. Tour goers will also get a first-hand view of the cider pressing and bottling facility. Kids can taste slices of organic Pitmaston Pineapple apples, one of the many varieties grown in the orchard, and adults can sample hard cider and purchase sealed bottles to take home. Farmer and wood-oven guru Mark Doxtader will have his traveling wood-fired brick oven on site where he will roast delicious concoctions of apples and spice for you to taste.
The Pumpkin Patch www.thepumpkinpatch.com, at this 500-acre Food Alliance certified farm visitors will quickly see there is much more here than the gourds and squash they are famous for! The second generation family-owned farm sells a variety of produce to major grocery stores and to distributors under the name Delta Farms. Jump aboard a free hayride tour to learn about their sustainable growing standards. Be sure to save time to enjoy peach cobbler at the farm's café and roam this year's Lewis and Clark themed cornfield maze. Little kids can also line-up for a free ride aboard the farm's “cow train" or visit the petting barn.
Sauvie Island Organics, www.sauvieislandorganics.com, is surrounded by a wildlife refuge, the historic Bybee Howell House and neighboring farmland. Evidence of how SIO connects to Portlanders through their 200 member CSA program and numerous local restaurant accounts will be highlighted during tours of the nine acre working farm. Chef Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen will join the farm crew in the field to offer his culinary perspective along with tastings of a summer cucumber soup. The Food Squad from Portland Farmers Market will provide a tomato tasting. Next door the Bybee Howell house offers the perfect setting for a late summer picnic.
Kruger's Farm, www.krugersfarmmarket.com, is known for luring city folks to the country with its 65-acres of U-pick fields of flowers, berries and vegetables, well stocked farm store and lively summer concert series. Kruger's also offers a beautiful backdrop for weddings and other special events. During the Open Farm Tour, visitors will learn how to make fresh and preserved salsas from tomatoes, peaches and more. Master preservers will be on site to lead pickling demonstrations. Tractor-led farm tours, narrated by Farmer Don Kruger, will share the farm's story.
Planning your day
The Open Farm Tour is free, but participants are encouraged to be prepared to stop and shop at the many farms stands and u-pick farms located along the route (both Kruger's and the Pumpkin Patch have farm stores). Lunch can be purchased at Phil's Island Grill at Kruger's Farm or at the Pumpkin Patch's Patio Café.
Picnicking is encouraged. Bring a basket with your favorite lunch and a blanket to sit on, there will be plenty of space to stretch out and relax.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle — as the day may be warm and you'll be covering some uneven terrain, especially if you decide to take the walking tours.
Think about enjoying your tour on a bicycle. The Island offers great intermediate level bicycling as it is mostly flat and the distances between the farms are not great.
The tour will take place rain or shine.
- Pets are not allowed on the farms
- Children must be accompanied by adults
- Do not pick fruit or vegetables unless invited
- Take all trash with you when you leave
- Ask lots of questions and have a great day!
To reach Sauvie Island take Highway 30 west from Portland (towards Scappoose and St. Helens) to the Sauvie Island Bridge. Sauvie Island is approximately 12 miles from downtown Portland.
Ford Farm - 14940 NW Gillihan Road
Cross the Sauvie Island Bridge and circle left to loop back under the bridge. Take Gillihan Road. Watch for Ford Farm signs on your right.
The Pumpkin Patch - 16511 NW Gillihan Road
Cross the Sauvie Island Bridge and circle left to loop back under the bridge. Take Gillihan Road. Travel Gillihan Road for 2 miles and look for The Pumpkin Patch on your left (you will pass Ford Farm).
Sauvie Island Organics - 13615 NW Howell Road
After crossing the Sauvie Island Bridge continue straight along the dike for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on Howell Park Road. Park on the grassy field on the right side of the road (there will be a sign). Follow the signs on foot up the hill to the driveway.
Kruger's Farm - 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
After crossing the Sauvie Island Bridge continue straight along the dike for approximately 1 mile (1/2 mile past the turnoff for Sauvie Island Organics). Turn right at Kruger's Farm.
About the Eat Local Organizers and Supporters
The first Eat Local Challenge is the result of the collaboration of Portland Farmers Market, Eastbank Farmers Market, Ecotrust, Sauvie Island Organics, Celilo Group Media and many volunteers. The tour is made possible through generous financial contributions from New Seasons Market, the Chef's Collaborative, Hot Lips Pizza and the metro area farmers' markets. For more information email Dianne@portlandfarmersmarket.org, call 503/241-0032 or visit www.eatlocal.net.