Roxy Ann Winery and Outdoor Market in Medford, Oregon / Photo by Southern Oregon Visitors Association

Nature’s Bounty: An Omnivore’s Delight

A temperate climate, ample rainfall, and countless valleys with unique growing conditions make the Central Cascades an omnivore’s delight, renowned for its locally grown organic fruit, mushrooms, and wine, and its wild salmon runs.

“When I worked as a chef in New York City we flew morels in from Oregon. But when I relocated to Hood River, a scruffy looking forager came knocking on my door with fresh boletus, chanterelles, and morels. This was a turning point for me. I started connecting with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen from the coast."

—Ben Stenn, Chef and Managing Partner, Celilo Restaurant, Hood River, OR

Examples of Nature’s Bounty

  1. GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous

    The GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous challenges a group of adventurers to identify, gather, process and prepare wild Cascadian foods into feasts. Participants learn from and reinvent age-old sustainable cultural practices of Native Americans and pioneers, who gathered much or all of their food from the…

    Location: 3226 Dee Hwy, Hood River, OR 97031
  2. Maryhill Winery

    The afternoon sun filters through the grape arbor overhead as you sip your syrah and survey the mountains and gorge from the expansive deck. Award-winning wines draw you to the tasting room, and modestly-priced bottles make the decision of which vintages to buy—and how many—a…

    Location: 9774 Hwy 14, Goldendale, WA 98620
  3. Olympia Farmers Market

    The Olympia Farmers Market is the social hub of Olympia for 9 months of the year with entertainment and the finest array of farm fresh products from South Sound farmers, artisans and crafts people. Approximately 45-50 vendors market offer a range of products from farm…

    Location: 700 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501
  4. Celilo Restaurant and Bar

    Celilo’s owners established the restaurant to be an outlet for the amazing food products that come out of this region. From the interior crafted by local artisans to their commitment to local food and culture, Celilo brings out the best of the Hood River region…

    Location: Hood River, OR
  5. Friendly Haven Rise Biodynamic Farm

    Reconnect with food at its source by preparing a garden fresh meal, and then stay the night at this educational biodynamic farm. Friendly Haven Rise Biodynamic Farm offers classes that teach sustainable ways to live on the land with a good heart for all who…

    Location: 20309 NE 242nd Ave, Battle Ground, WA 98604
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