Oregon's Bounty website sets u-pickers on their way
Now you can use the latest in new technology to find nostalgic, old-school farm and berry stands this year.
All it takes is a smartpone to easily find local farm stands, u-pick fields and on-farm festivals with Oregon's Bounty, an online directory of more than 300 farms and ranches, operated by the Oregon Farm Bureau.
"Everyone knows where their local farmers market is, but what about roadside farm stands, u-pick fields, and on-farm events out in rural areas?" asked Anne Marie Moss, Oregon Farm Bureau spokeswoman. "That's where Oregon's Bounty comes in."
Cherries, peaches, berries, tomatoes, and lavender are just a sampling of summer's agricultural bounty that Oregonians eagerly await all year. Venture out into the beautiful countryside to buy seasonal food directly from a farmer.
"Oregonians love farm-fresh food. Thanks to the diversity of Oregon agriculture, we can buy an enormous variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, nuts, flowers, and foliage directly from the families who grew it," Moss said.
The Oregon's Bounty website allows visitors to search for specific agriculture products — such as eggs, honey, corn or cucumbers — as well as search for farms within a region of the state, such as Portland Metro, the Gorge, or the Willamette Valley. Visitors can also do a search for "u-pick" or "events" for those activities.
"Each of the farms listed in Oregon's Bounty are owned and operated by Farm Bureau members, who are proud of what they've raised and are happy to answer questions about what they do," Moss said. "Summer is an ideal time to take a trip into the scenic countryside, meet a few of these family farmers, and experience Oregon agriculture firsthand."
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