There’s no better time than summer to celebrate the joys of Oregon berries. You can turn foraging for berries into a memorable summertime family adventure at one of the many U-pick fruit stands across the state, or stock up on Oregon berries from your local grocery store or farmers market.
First, it was strawberries. Soon, blueberries were ripe for picking. Blackberries and raspberries are next in the seasonal rollout of fresh, delicious and healthy berries grown in Oregon.
Many of us think of summer as a time for enjoying barbecued burgers, ice cream cones and farm-fresh produce. Visit one of Oregon's 90 farmers markets and experience fresh and flavorful locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, hazelnuts, eggs and locally made cheeses.
If you live in Oregon, you know that all it takes to prepare a strawberry to eat is to give it a quick rinse, then pinch the green off. Oregon strawberries are red in the middle and all the way to the top.
Along with the migratory arrival of Turkey Vultures, asparagus is one of those sure signs of springtime in Oregon. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that is harvested mid-April through early June when Oregon’s warm spring days are followed by cooler nights.
The Oregon dairy industry has been producing award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt for more than 150 years.
Oregon’s climate and soils produce the right combination of growing conditions that allow Oregon farmers to produce some of the deepest colored, sweetest fruits and vegetables available.
The Hazelnut, also known as the Filbert, is the official Oregon state nut. Folks often ask: is it a Filbert or a Hazelnut? There’s truly no wrong answer. “Filbert” is the correct name for both the tree and the nut.
Oregon farmers and ranchers raise a wide selection of meats, including pork, chicken, beef, lamb, poultry, goat, buffalo, rabbit and venison. Meat raised in Oregon is nutritionally rich and part of a balanced diet.
The USDA’s new guidelines suggest people eat fish twice a week. We’re lucky to live in Oregon where we can eat local seafood year round. Oregon seafood is caught from Astoria in the north, to Brookings in the south and it provides an economic backbone to many coastal communities.