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Elise Trask and Clarissa Rapacz, owners of The Farm on Golden Hill. Submitted Photo

Up on Golden Hill – New tasting room opens in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner In 2011, when Elise Trask decided to get married on the farm where she grew up, she not only gained a husband, she gained a career as well. “That got our wheels turning,” Trask’s sister and business partner, Clarissa Rapacz, said, recalling how that wedding – held amongst a field of flowers – became the first of many, thanks […]

Jeramie Mykisen outside the new The Noble Fox outlet that is being developed in downtown Ashland. Submitted Photo

Expansion project – Noble Fox adding an Ashland restaurant and brewery

By James Day Silverton’s popular restaurant The Noble Fox is expanding, with owners planning to open a second eatery in Ashland, Oregon by the spring of 2024. Jeramie Mykisen co-owns The Noble Fox on North Water Street with his stepfather, Jeffrey Tinkham. They opened the restaurant in October 2021. The Ashland Noble Fox will occupy the space which formerly housed […]

Entries from the Silverton Grange's Pie Contest and Auction held in 2019

Best pie in town? Enter Silverton Grange’s contest to find out

By Melissa Wagoner “Who doesn’t like tasting pie?” Silverton Grange member Cindy Gyurgyik said when asked about the upcoming Pie Contest and Auction being held in the Grange Hall at 201 Division St. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 to 4 p.m. “We will have two categories of pies – fruit and custard,” Gyurgyik said. “We will have three judges for each category…familiar faces of our […]

Cider pressing at GeerCrest Farm -- courtesy of Adam McKinley

Apple harvest promotes food resilience

By Melissa Wagoner On Saturday, Nov. 4 “the Silverton Food Co-op is joining forces with GeerCrest Farm for a fun family event” – a community apple cider pressing and fall pop-up food market. “We’ll have apples be the star,” co-op board member Beth Myers-Shenai said of the occasion, which will include both a cider pressing party as well as the […]

Chicken dinner benefits Scotts Mills firefighters

A fried chicken dinner is set for Saturday, Oct. 21 to benefit the Scotts Mills Firefighters Association. The dinner, the 45th such event, runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the main Scotts Mills station on Third Street. The dinner costs $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for those under 10.  The event is being conducted as a […]

New Gardenripe owner, Melissa Pylipow (right) greets customer Regan Schultz at Silverton Farmers Market. Brenna Wiegand

Passing the baton – Seasoned farmhand embraces Gardenripe ownership

By Brenna Wiegand As he considered retirement, Bill Schiedler, founder of Gardenripe Produce in Silverton, hated the thought of closing the business he’d nurtured for 23 years. The answer came unexpectedly in the form of Melissa Pylipow, one of many WWOOFers in the program known as Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In it, farmers open their land to people who […]

They’re bock – Oktoberfest board adds Maifest to Mt. Angel offerings

By Stephen Floyd Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is staging a new festival with hopes of combining the excitement of Oktoberfest with the close feeling of a small community. The city’s inaugural Maifest celebration is scheduled for May 19 to 21, at the Mt. Angel Community Festhalle. Co-chair Brian Bolduc said the event has its roots in traditional German festivals that celebrate […]

Family tradition – New burger spot makes a splash

By Melissa Wagoner When Ibet Lopez opened the doors of her new restaurant, Mountain Burgers – located in the parking lot of Silverton’s Ace Hardware and Hi-School Pharmacy – she wasn’t sure what she should expect. But she needn’t have worried. “It was insane,” she recalled. “We sold out twice.” And it’s been busy ever since. Thankfully, Lopez is no stranger to […]

La passione! Curbside Kitchen gets Italian makeover

By Melissa Wagoner The Curbside Kitchen in downtown Silverton recently received an Italian makeover thanks to new owners, Giulia Burato and Pietro Sangiorgi, who purchased the business from founder Holly Bell. “I have an elderly mother in Southern California that I need to take care of,” Bell said of the impetus for the sale. “So, it’s semi-retirement, I guess. But […]

Datebook: April 2023

Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Community Center/Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. Weekly Events Monday Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-873-3093, silvertonseniorcenter.org SACA Food Pantry, […]

Monday nights together – Oak Street’s in-person dinners return

By Melissa Wagoner There is just no telling who will be at Oak Street Church’s Monday Meals from one week to the next. “There are people who come because they need food. There are people who come because they’re lonely. And there are people who come because they want to meet people,” Pastor John Friedrick said. It’s not the reason they are […]

Fall Line Stout & Ale Fest debuts Feb. 4

The Fall Line Stout & Ale Fest is a new fundraising event in honor of Jason Franz who founded Silverton’s local bike and skate shop, known as Fall Line Sports.  Jason’s unexpected death in 2019, left the Silverton community stunned. He was an active, contributing member of the coomunity and of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce.  He gave back to […]

Cupcakes & bouquets – Local baker competes in international contest

By Melissa Wagoner It all started with a bouquet of cupcake flowers. “My longtime friend sent me a picture from Pinterest… and said, ‘I want you to make these,’” Judy Moffitt Marston recalled. A lifelong baker, Moffitt Marston was no stranger to the kitchen, but she had never attempted anything quite so grand as a cupcake decorated to look exactly like […]

Popping up – Silverton Food Co-op wants food in hands

By Melissa Wagoner In 2018 the Silverton Food Co-op initiated a capital campaign that they hoped would raise the funds necessary to open a brick-and-mortar store in Silverton. Although those efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, the organization’s mission, to make healthy, locally sourced and sustainably grown food available for everyone, has continued – just in a slightly altered way. “We do […]

20th MLK Observance – Joel Autry to give keynote

When the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown his Silverton restaurant in 2020, rather than feel sorry for himself, Joel Autry saw the opportunity for community service, an ethic modeled by his parents. He opened his heart and pantry up to local residents hurt financially by the economic slowdown or folks who had relied on Silverton’s weekly community dinner, also closed by the […]

Soup, song, bread and pottery

There will be something for the body and something for the soul when the community gathers to Share the Harvest Sunday, Oct. 23.  More than just a soup-and-bread dinner that benefits local youth, the event includes live music and a silent auction featuring hand-turned pottery.  Immanuel Lutheran Church is the setting,  303 N. Church St., Silverton. Its great hall will […]

It’s O’fest! Eat, drink, polka

The 57th annual Oktoberfest in Mount Angel runs Sept. 15 – 18, and event organizers are promising a festival celebrating “The Joy of Being Together.” The festival welcomes back musical friends from Germany, Donaumusikanten. Band members travel from Bavaria. Donaumusikanten is known for traditional Bavarian folk music as well as modern rock songs. After two years away due to pandemic […]

Datebook: September 2022

Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield 50 & older. 503-873-3093 Silver Creek Fellowship,  822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St.. Weekly Events Monday SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org […]

Akatsuki – A full-service sushi bar comes to Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner When it came time to decide where Yanliang Zhu and his business partner, Boyi Qiu, would open their first full-service sushi restaurant, coined Akatsuki Sushi Bar, Silverton seemed an obvious choice.  Zhu’s most recent venture was a takeout sushi business located in Madras Oregon.  City chosen, the partners began looking for a location, stumbling upon the former […]

Good paws – Mercy Mobile Kitchen open for business at Benedictine Brewery

By Melissa Wagoner Something new is brewing at the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel – it’s Italian food, courtesy of Chef Ty Burgé, owner of the Mercy Mobile Kitchen food cart. “There’s something for everybody,” Burgé said of the menu – a mixture of paninis, pastas and flatbreads that he designed with the brewery’s patrons in mind.  “I figured this […]

The Blue Pomegranate – Travel broadens the dining experience

By Melissa Wagoner For Carly Blue there is nothing quite like experiencing a culture through its food, whether that’s olive oil-soaked hummus in Dubai, chili lime mangoes in Puerto Vallarta or an apple strudel in Salzburg. And now, with the creation of her home catering company, The Blue Pomegranate, she gets to share that feeling with others. “Not many people […]

Hangin’ out – The Den offers food carts, pavilion

By Melissa Wagoner As a real estate developer, Ben Johnston’s goal isn’t just to build buildings, it’s to create spaces for the community to gather. Which is why, when he was given the opportunity to refurbish the building that once housed the Silverton Flower Shop in the heart of downtown, he knew just what he wanted to do. “I have […]

Chamber awards presented during ‘The Next Friday’ May 13

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce is trying a new approach to its annual community awards. Mt. Angel Honors will be held in conjunction with The Next Friday, a monthly event showcasing businesses downtown. Each of the four honorees will stand with a partnering business. Residents are invited to meet and chat with honorees while touring the event. The chamber […]

Mt. Angel Sausage Co. honored with Innovative Business Award

By Stephen Floyd When COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020, the restaurant industry took a massive blow, and those who wished to survive had to adapt. Mt. Angel Sausage Co. rose to the occasion and – in addition to take-out orders and outdoor seating – owner Jim Hoke took an international food display that occupied a corner of their waiting area […]

Free sausage lunch surprise for volunteer crew at Detroit Community Center construction site

Volunteers working to finish the Detroit Lake Community Center were recently treated to a free lunch by local businesses as the project nears completion. Construction on the new community center started a year ago after the original building was destroyed during wildfires in 2020. The Santiam Rebuild Coalition has been collecting donations of labor and resources for the project through […]