Savor the Gorge

Q & A Laurie Walker, Dickey Farms

Dickey Farms in Bingen, Wash., was homesteaded in 1867 as the Henderson/Warner Farms. It became Dickey Farms in 1921 and has been in continual operation for nearly 150 years. The farm is currently managed and owned by the family’s fifth generation: Stanley Dickey, Janice Leis and Laurie Walker. John Dickey is the sixth generation working the farm.

November 4, 2016 midnight read more..

Bringing the past into the future at Mt. View Orchards

When Trina McAlexander returned to Mt. View Orchards in Parkdale two years ago — the family farm where she grew up — she was excited and grateful to be the third generation to work the land. Her enthusiasm hasn’t waned. “I love it — farming is in my blood,” she said. “I was born to do it and I’m honored to do it.”

November 4, 2016 midnight read more..

Q AND A with Orchardist Dan Klindt

Dane Klindt is a cherry and pear orchardist in Hood River and Wasco counties. Dane and his father, Paul Klindt, along with partner Rich Kortge, own and/or manage about 750 acres of orchards — including five orchards in The Dalles, three located between The Dalles and Dufur, one in Tygh Valley and two in Parkdale.

June 17, 2016 2:13 p.m. read more..

Who's your farmer?

From the mountain to the river, these are your local farmers, growers, and producers — working hard to provide fresh produce year-round.

June 17, 2016 8:24 a.m. read more..

Good eats on wheels

Once maligned as purveyors of lowbrow eating, food trucks have experienced a renaissance in recent years, serving up creative dishes from all over the world while simultaneously using fresh, local ingredients.

June 16, 2016 10:19 p.m. read more..

Cooking With Kids

Inviting kids into the kitchen to help cook has many benefits: it allows them a sense of contribution, it actually helps with the food prep (sometimes), and it encourages them to try new foods. Sometimes it’s not possible to have them help with the actual cooking; between activities and homework, the late afternoon and evening can be pretty hectic. A fun alternative is planning a simple meal that they can assemble at the dinner table. Tacos, burgers, ramen, and nachos are fun examples of this. One of our recipes that allows for kid participation at the table is Posole.

June 16, 2016 7:12 a.m. read more..

Recipes from Tumbleweed Farms' Andrea Beemis

A farmer turned foodie, Andrea Bemis is truly manifesting the farm-to-table lifestyle every day. She shares her creative recipes and adventures from her farm in Parkdale on her food blog, Dishing up the Dirt. She’s at work on her first cookbook, due out next year.

June 15, 2016 10:29 p.m. read more..

TreeBird Organics

For TreeBird Organics, it’s all about “getting good food in people’s hands.” At least that’s Michael Kelly’s goal for the family farm that he and his wife Rebecca Wellman have re-established, nestled in the hills of Trout Lake, Wash. TreeBird Organics, formerly Sunnybrook Farm, specializes in pastured meats and organic eggs. The farm is 100 percent organic and is a part of Gorge Grown and Oregon Tilth, and is Animal Welfare Approved.

June 15, 2016 8:52 p.m. read more..


When you walk into John Helleberg and Marcie Wily’s house, you enter through the side door directly into the kitchen, which is fitting for a family whose life and livelihood is mostly centered on food. As you are welcomed into their simple, cozy kitchen you’re greeted by a flurry of activity led in equal measure by their children, Sophie and Jack, and their Labradoodle, Hank.

June 15, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..

Waking up the ground

Local farmers shake off winter, and start the crops that will fill your farmers’ market bags and CSA boxes

June 15, 2016 2:58 p.m. read more..

Fresh bites

The OSU Extension Service of Hood River and Wasco counties offers a series called “A La Carte Food Preservation Classes” from June through August.

June 15, 2016 2:44 p.m. read more..

Editors Note -- Savor Summer 2016

I first experienced food truck fare as a kid on the island of Tahiti. My family and I were on a year-long sailing trip, and during the time we spent tied up to the wharf in Papeete, we discovered the antidote to weeks (months) of one-pot sailboI first experienced food truck fare as a kid on the island of Tahiti. My family and I were on a year-long sailing trip, and during the time we spent tied up to the wharf in Papeete, we discovered the antidote to weeks (months) of one-pot sailboat meals that relied heavily on canned goods: the Roulottes. at meals that relied heavily on canned goods: the Roulottes.

June 15, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

Q and A: Cody Orchards

Donna Cody and her daughter, Lisa Perry, operate Cody Orchards Fruit Stand in Odell, which first opened in 2006. The Codys have 180 acres of fruit trees in the Hood River Valley, and Lisa is the fourth generation to be working on the family farm.

September 9, 2015 9:15 p.m. read more..

Preserving The Harvest

There is something magical about seeing rows of home-canned foods stacked on the shelf in the pantry. There is a beauty in being able to see through the glass and feel a connection to your food, knowing you had a hand in it. No fancy labels or opaque tin to mask the appearance of juicy summer peaches or pickled dilly beans. The rainbow of color invites your eyes to wander from one jar to the next and imagine future meals and potlucks, graced by your impressive food preservation skills.

September 9, 2015 7:57 p.m. read more..


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