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Farm Loop returns

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Canby Area Farm Loop is back. This self-guided farm tour route leads to more than 20 farm stops in the Canby- Aurora area. Visitors will find things to do and see all year round.

Traveling through the Canby-Oregon City-Molalla area, loop explorers can gather natural goodness from a farm, pet farm animals, taste hazelnuts and chocolates, sip fine wines produced from the region’s Jory soils, watch a rodeo or shop for western wear.

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Farms vary in their open season, depending on what they grow. It’s best to check their website and call them before visiting.

A farm loop helps people find the answer to that perennial question, "Where does my food and fiber come from?"

Visiting a Farm Loop is a great way to get to know the local farmers, and to get a first-hand look at country life. Visitors can learn about the food and fiber they use every day, and about the modern farming techniques used to produce them. Or perhaps discover products that that are brand new.

There are lots activities on the Canby Farm Loop, making it fun for children and adults alike. Try a corn maze, or see how cows are milked or try some new wines. Discover how Christmas trees are raised, sheered and cut. Or maybe pick up some flowers or fresh-produce.

The Canby Area Farm Loop territory extends to Canby, Molalla and Aurora, Oregon.

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Canby Area:

Fir Point Farms Enjoy a stop in the farm store for fresh doughnuts and great food.

Find more information at www.firpointfarms.com, 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora.

Swan Island Dahlia farm is open April 1 to June 7, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for walk-in tuber sales.

The farm’s gift shop is open year’round. www.dahlias.com, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby.

Flower Farmer/Phoenix & Holly Railroad opens for narrow-gauge railroad train rides on weekends beginning April 26. Kids of all ages will love riding the train around the farm and visiting with the farm animals. Fee for train rides. www.flowerfarmer.com, 2512 N. Holly St., Canby.

Puddin’ River Chocolates and Wine Bar is busy creating hand-made chocolates for Easter baskets. Stop by for appetizers or dessert and a glass of wine, or order a favorite chocolate online. www.puddinriverchocolates.com, 332 NW First Ave., Canby.

Clackamas County Event Center: Next up May 3-4 is the Clackamas County Master Gardeners’ Spring Fair where rows and rows of vendor booths are filled with flowering plants, shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, and garden art. Attendees gain valuable gardening tips at 10-minute University sessions throughout both days. $3 admission/free parking. www.clackamascountyeventcenter.com, 694 NE Fourth Ave., Canby.

King’s Raven Winery tasting room is open in April Friday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy the panoramic view and their hand-crafted wines. www.kingsravenwine.com, 11603 New Era Road, Oregon City.

Villa Catalana Cellars holds its special two-day opening to the public on May 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy lunch with Dave Clark’s King Quesadilla, wine tasting at the greenhouses with King’s Raven Winery and with Villa Catalana Cellars in the garden conservatory tasting room.

Tour the gardens and enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir. The tasting room will be open Saturdays 1-4 p.m., beginning Memorial Day weekend. For more information: www.villacatalanacellars.com, 11900 S. Criteser Road, Oregon City.

Christopher Bridge Wines is a great destination for a Spring ride through the countryside.

Enjoy their tasting room in April on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. www.christopherbridgewines.com, 12770 S. Casto Road, Oregon City.

Forest Edge Vineyard welcomes visitors for wine tasting Sundays noon to 5 p.m..

Available other times by appointment. 503-632-WINE (9463), www.forestedgevineyard.com,15640 S. Spangler Road, Oregon City.

SuDan Farm has over 50 new lambs and a brood of baby chicks. The farm is open year’round, but call first before visiting, 971-219-3884, www.sudanfarm.com, 32285 S. Knopf Road, Canby.

Wooden Shoe tulip Farm & Pumpkin Fest currently has freshly cut daffodils available in the Gift Shop which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The annual Tulip Festival runs through May 4.

Daily activities at the festival include strolling through acres or colorful tulips and visiting the tulip and daffodil display gardens, gift shop, and food court.

Kids love the photo cut-out boards, duck races, play area, and the very popular cow train (rides $2). On weekends, added activities include wine tasting, steam tractors, a crafters marketplace, wooden shoe making demos, more food selections along with pony rides and lots more kids’ activities.

Check out all of the festival’s activities including April 12 Cascade Pacific Plymouth Car Club Show, April 19 Easter Egg Hunt, April 20 Easter Service and May 3 dinner in the Field with Field & Vine.

For information: 800-711-2006, www.woodenshoe.com, 33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn.

Morning Shade Farm and Nursery is a blueberry lover’s heaven with a multitude of varieties for sale.

In the spring, sales are by appointment only. Call 503-651-2622, www.canby.com/morningshade, 8345 S. Barnards Road, Canby.

St. Josef’s Estate Vineyards & Winery is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the winery. The tasting room is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily. www.stjosefswinery.com, 28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby.

Swift Farm U-Pick & CSA still has shares available for the 2014 produce growing season. Each week for 20-26 weeks receive a bag or freshly picked produce grown naturally without any pesticides.

To purchase your share, call 503-703-7943 or visit swiftfarm.wordpress.com, 27251 S. Dave Road, Canby.

Pheasant Run Winery features music, wine, light bites and more on First Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m.

Enjoy the evening with $6 glasses of wine and $6 light bites.

The winery’s tasting room housed in the Historic Aurora Bank Building which was built in 1905 for the Lewis & Clark Exposition, serves wine Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., www.pheasantrunwine.com, 21690 Main St., Aurora.

Molalla Area:

MoonRidge Farms offers honey and bee pollen and eggs year’round and currently has goat and rabbit meat available for purchase. Information: 503-632-0462, www.moonridgefarms.com, 25113 S. Ridge Road, Beavercreek.

Boondockers Farm has heritage poultry chicks now including Ancona and Saxony ducks and Delaware chickens. Heirloom tomato lovers can select their seed orders from more than 75 varieties of these delicious tomatoes. Place orders online at www.boondockersfarm.com, or call ahead 503-632-7934 to visit the farm at 25720 S. Beavercreek Road, Beavercreek. Closed Saturday abnd Sunday.

Clarkes General Store and Eatery is the place to stop for a bite to eat or pick up picnic supplies while you’re out looping. Feast on great sandwiches, salads, pizza, fish and chips or one of their daily specials. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check them out at www.clarkesgeneralstore.com, 25760 S. Beavercreek Road and S. Butte Road, Beavercreek.

The Meadow of Lavender is hosting a New Bees in New Hives class presented by Ron Lane of Worker Bee Honey on April 12 at 1.

He will be setting three hives and settling in the bees at Meadow of Lavender that afternoon. Pre-register class fee is $20, or $30 at the door if space allows. Reserve at www.meadowoflavender.com, 30939 S. Oswalt Road, Colton.

K’s Nursery is now open 7 days a week 8-6. Choose from a large selection of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, berry plants and fruit trees. Find them at www.ksnursery.weebly.com, 302891 S Oswalt Road, Colton.

Out in the Garden Nursery’s baby goats are popping out almost daily with more due in mid-April.

The nursery has a 5-month old livestock guardian puppy.

She is a Maremma-Great Pyrenees cross that loves visitors. The nursery’s cat also loves visitors especially if they hold and carry her around while shopping.

The nursery, which specializes in perennials for sun and shade, will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by special appointment. The gardens are starting to grow and bloom. Cool season vegetable starts will be ready in mid-April and warm season veggie starts in early May.

Local artist Darla Lynn has created a new mirror for the nursery, and will be installing an art piece in the gardens later this spring. www.outinthegardennursery.com, 32483 S. Mathias Road, Molalla.

Rosse Posse Acres Elk Ranch features approximately 70 head of elk. Besides the elk, their small petting zoo delights all ages with Fallow deer, pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, a miniature horse, Patagonian cavy, wallaby and chickens; Tours are by appointment only. Call 503-829-7107, www.rosseposseacres.com, 32690 S. Mathias Road, Molalla.

C and K’s Flower Garden features a small roadside flower stand where visitors find bouquets of fresh, colorful flowers daily until sold out. 503-550-6555, 33070 S. Sawtell Road, Molalla.

Stoller Farms opens in mid-April for avid gardeners to fill their carts with colorful geraniums, magnificent hanging baskets and assorted vegetables and bedding plants. Call 971-222-6271 or 871-222-6273, 14682 S. Herman Road, Molalla.

Snowline Farm is busy planting vegetable starts for filling customers’ weekly baskets of fresh naturally grown produce. Get on the list to enjoy deliveries of local produce this summer by calling 503-829-8396 or 503-333-0168. The farm will also have a booth at the upcoming Clackamas County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Fair happening May 3 & 4 at the Clackamas Events Center in Canby. www.snowlinefarm.com, 39098 S. Sawtell Road, Molalla.

AlexEli Vineyard & Winery tasting room has opened for the season with tastings on Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine on the patio or bring a picnic and spread a blanket down by the lake. www.alexeli.com, 35803 S. Highway 213, Molalla.

Para Hevea Equine Facility is hosting the Oregon Family Equestrian Activities’ Schooling and Gaming Shows April 26-27. Para Hevea provides boarding, riding, training and event facilities for horse owners. www.para-hevea.com, 19365 Schneider Road, Molalla.

Hanson Vineyards is now open for the season every Sat-Sun, noon-5. Tasting fee is $3. www.hansonvineyards.com, 34948 S Barlow Road, Monitor.

Union Mills Feed has a passel of baby chicks waiting for families to take them home. Chicks will be arriving weekly through April. www.unionmillsfeed.com, 14822 S. Union Mills Road, Mulino.

Forest Edge Vineyard welcomes visitors for wine tasting Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Available other times by appointment. 503-632-WINE (9463), www.forestedgevineyard.com,

15640 S. Spangler Road, Oregon City.



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