Eating local: Thanksgiving feast straight from the farm

November 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Eating local: Thanksgiving feast straight from the farm

[caption id="attachment_5339" align="alignright" width="300"] Carl Buchholz raises several turkey varieties.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The traditional Thanksgiving dinner I ate growing up is similar to the one served on tables throughout the country. Mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce ...

An emphasis on local: Rooted in Food hosts farm tour, dinner

August 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Food & Drink | Comments Off on An emphasis on local: Rooted in Food hosts farm tour, dinner

[caption id="attachment_5041" align="alignright" width="300"] Molly Pattison and Alexis, London and Melissa Wagoner pick vegetables in the garden. Eating locally produced food is a key goal for Rooted in Food proponents.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A small food fair at the Silverton Grange put ...

Back in style: Learning to preserve food from experts

August 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Back in style: Learning to preserve food from experts

[caption id="attachment_4958" align="alignright" width="300"] Tasha Huebner in her jam cellar. She says it’s a refuge for friends from the zombie apocalypse.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “If there’s a zombie apocalypse, my friends know whose house to run to,” Tasha Huebner said of her ...

Pink lemonade blues: Sublimity grower offers a sweeter berry

August 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Pink lemonade blues: Sublimity grower offers a sweeter berry

[caption id="attachment_4962" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark and Annette Jensen and family raise Pink Lemonade Blueberries on their farm near Sublimity.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  Sublimity residents Mark and Annette Jensen are used to people looking at them like they said something wrong when they ...

More than a market: Sense of community part of the offerings

June 2014 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on More than a market: Sense of community part of the offerings

[caption id="attachment_4846" align="alignright" width="190"] Xiong and Ying Ker of Z-K Flowers. Photo by Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Visit the Silverton Farmer’s Market and you’ll find more than farms, you’ll find bees, jams and jellies, and most importantly, community. The market opened ...

Changing markets: Grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts replace row crops

May 2014 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Changing markets: Grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts replace row crops

By Melissa Wagoner Acres of tiny trees wrapped in a white protective shield are just one sign of the change of crops grown in the East Willamette Valley. Where there were once row crops are now blueberry fields and hazelnut orchards. ...

The art in craft: Brewers showcase a wide variety of ‘hoppy’ beers

April 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on The art in craft: Brewers showcase a wide variety of ‘hoppy’ beers

By James Day The three most important letters in Northwest craft brewing circles these days are I-P-A. “Anything with the word IPA in it is hot,” said Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene. IPA, or India Pale Ale, originated in Britian ...

Bottle it: Early end to grape season

September 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Bottle it: Early end to grape season

Vitis Ridge Winery 990 N First, Silverton Mid-September, Vitis Ridge will be bottling 2011 Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah, Red Blend-Fab Four and 2012 Marechal Foch. Once bottled, these reds will continue to age until the previous vintages are gone.  We’re expecting an early ...

Time to pick a garten: Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers unique venues

September 2013 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Time to pick a garten: Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers unique venues

Mount Angel Oktoberfest ‘Share Our Bavarian Hospitality’ Sept. 12, 13, 14, 15 Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. oktoberfest.org for schedule of events By Kristine Thomas Sneak a peak at a neighbor’s garden and you may discover plump, ...

Hidden gems: Local wineries welcome visitors in an old-world style

May 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | 1 Comment »

[caption id="attachment_3499" align="alignright" width="300"] Jason Hanson in his family’s vineyard. Photo by Steve Ritchie[/caption] By Steve Ritchie  Memorial Day weekend is a great time for a little wine-tasting and Silverton and Mount Angel residents are fortunate to have a several charming local ...

Heart in the art: Brewers share a passion for their craft

April 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Heart in the art: Brewers share a passion for their craft

[caption id="attachment_3370" align="alignright" width="300"] Vermont Hard Cider[/caption] By James Day So how do you get noticed in a microbrew world in which another brewer seems to sprout up daily behind the nearest hop pole? How do you acquire space on the shelves ...

Buds and bottles: Winemakers tackle spring tasks in vineyard, winery

April 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Buds and bottles: Winemakers tackle spring tasks in vineyard, winery

Hanson Vineyards 34948 S Barlow Road, Monitor Spring means tulips!  Being just a half-mile down the road from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival means April is a colorful and busy month. In addition to regular weekend wine tasting, this month we have ...

Vineyards start to stir: New releases available at wineries

March 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Vineyards start to stir: New releases available at wineries

Spring is right around the corner, time for wineries to shake off the winter sleep. Because most local wineries are small, family-owned affairs, many close for the winter. As we finish up the winter pruning, we reopen the tasting rooms ...

New owner, new hours: New Markum Inn keeps customer favorites

December 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on New owner, new hours: New Markum Inn keeps customer favorites

[caption id="attachment_2931" align="alignright" width="168"] Connie Cummings of the New Markum Inn[/caption] By Omie Drawhorn For many local residents, a trip to the Markum Inn is a journey back in time to home-cooked food such as juicy hamburgers, steaks and chicken. While the menu ...

Vineyard update: Open houses set for Thanksgiving

November 2012 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Vineyard update: Open houses set for Thanksgiving

Visiting wineries on Thanksgiving weekend is an Oregon tradition. It’s the time of the year when wineries - large and small - throw open their doors for holiday visitors. East Valley wineries are no exception. You can go to wwww.eastvalleywine.com ...

Ingredients for life: David Mahler creates a new recipe for his life, work

November 2012 Posted in Food & Drink, People | 1 Comment »

[caption id="attachment_2661" align="alignright" width="238"] David Mahler[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, David Mahler eagerly shares the details of how he decided to write a cookbook based on the cuisine he created while living in Costa Rica. It’s not until he’s ...

Vineyard update: Hopeful harvest

October 2012 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Vineyard update: Hopeful harvest

The warm last days of an Indian summer have given local wine growers a case of optimism about this year’s harvest, despite some new challenges. Silver Falls Vineyard 4972 Cascade Highway, Sublimity Last month was full of fun, as we enjoyed the last ...

Not too late to plant: Vegetables will be ready for winter meals

September 2012 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Not too late to plant: Vegetables will be ready for winter meals

By Brenna Wiegand Finally, the vegetables we have vigilantly attended for months return the favor with a bounty of the freshest, homegrown vegetables. Suddenly, making sure nothing goes to waste can become a major chore. That is why so many of us let ...

Winning wines: New releases put to the test

August 2012 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Winning wines: New releases put to the test

East Valley New Release Festival Winners Judge's Awards Pinot Noir:  Hanson Vineyards 2009 Other Red:  Vitis Ridge Malbec 2010 Dry White: Silver Falls Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Sweet White: (tie) St Josef’s L’Esprit Gerwurtztraminer 2010, and Vitis Ridge Semi Sparkling Early Muscat  2011 People's Choice Awards Pinot Noir ...

Appetite for expansion: Mt. Angel Sausage owner plans brewery, shop

June 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Appetite for expansion: Mt. Angel Sausage owner plans brewery, shop

By Steve Ritchie Jim Hoke is a guy who doesn’t sit still for very long. The owner of Mt. Angel Sausage Co., Hoke is always on the move at his restaurant. On any given day, he will be making sausage, checking ...

Uncharted territory: East Valley wineries offer a chance to explore

June 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Uncharted territory: East Valley wineries offer a chance to explore

By Omie Drawhorn East Valley Wine Festival St. Josef’s Winery, 28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby Winemaker’s Gala Evening: 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 15, $35 Wine Tasting and Competition: noon-6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, $10. For information and a list of participating wineries, visit www.eastvalleywine.com or call 503-651-3190 East Valley wineries have long ...

From field to glass: Three hop farms supply local, national breweries

April 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on From field to glass: Three hop farms supply local, national breweries

By Kristine Thomas Barley, water, yeast and hops are the four essential ingredients to make beer. The variety of hops, and how the brew master uses them during the brewing process, contribute to making each beer unique, John Annen of Annen Bros. ...

Oregon’s #1 nut: Hazelnut favorites earn national attention

November 2010 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Oregon’s #1 nut: Hazelnut favorites earn national attention

By Kathy Cook Hunter Even Martha likes them, our wonderful Oregon-grown hazelnuts. “Martha” as in Martha Stewart. A recent issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine featured recipes with hazelnuts – also known as filberts – reminding cooks and bakers pondering their list ...

Indulge: O’fest profits help others

September 2010 Posted in Food & Drink, Other | Comments Off on Indulge: O’fest profits help others

By Dixon Bledsoe When September rolls around, two things come to mind – football and Oktoberfest. Naturally, Oktoberfest makes us think of great music, arts and crafts booths and many events from bike races to the fun run (the ultimate oxymoron). The food ...

From vine to wine: Hanson Vineyards derives from a sense of place

September 2010 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on From vine to wine: Hanson Vineyards derives from a sense of place

By Kristine Thomas When searching for a reason to return to the West Coast, Jason Hanson never thought he would land where he did. A 1991 graduate of Silverton High School, Hanson left his family’s farm in Monitor to receive his bachelor’s ...