Byway travelers hungry for fresh produce won’t have any trouble finding it as they travel the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, July through September. Weekly Farmers’ Markets can be found in La Grande, Wallowa, and Baker City, as well as some of the smaller communities. And, many farms offer fresh fruit and produce through self-serve farm stands that operate on the honor system or from busy farm stands staffed by family members.
Near La Grande, the Cove-Union Farm Loop links together a series of active farm stands and farms that offer visitation if you call ahead. Download the map or pick up a copy at a chamber of commerce office, Kaufman’s Market or a participating location. Please remember, many of the locations are private residents and, while they welcome visitors, the owners really appreciate your paying attention to their days and hours of operation.
In Wallowa County, take a driving tour of the beautiful historic barns that dot the landscape, The Wallowa County Chamber office in Enterprise has maps and a book about the iconic buildings and staff can offer tips on other nearby agriculture attractions, such as Sunrise Iron. Watch for Liza Jane’s Farm Stand on 6 Ranch, between Lostine and Enterprise, where you will be able to serve yourself to eggs, meat, produce and herbs, paying on the honor system.
In Baker County, be sure to see what is ripe at Eagle Creek Orchard near Richland, where you will find peaches, apples, pears and grapes, all organically grown, lovingly tended and downright delicious! And, Val’s Veggies, a farm off the beaten path near Keating, operates a farm stand on Campbell Street in Baker City, just across from the Baker Regional Museum and Geyser Pollman Park.
Check out the menu at area cafe’s and restaurants and you will find many make a big effort to feature locally grown meat fruits and vegetables, as well as local craft beverages. Eat “local” and eat well along the byway!