Wilsonville, ORE. (June 22, 2015) – Families looking for a unique out-of-the-city event will experience many new thrills on Sunday, July 5, along the Canby, Molalla and Farmlandia Farm Loops as they visit farms, nurseries and vineyards in close-by northern Willamette Valley. Each of the three farm loops has 20 or more stops along the route. There are farm animals to feed, alpacas to pet, u-pick or farm stand berries, vegetables and flowers to buy, miniature train rides, an Open Barn event with local farm food vendors, sheep sheering and live music, and even an Elk ranch tour with more than 80 elk. The day of fun-filled events gives both children and adults the opportunity to experience life on a farm and to learn about where and how their food is grown.
Visit www.oregonfarmloop.com for maps and stops along each of the three farm loops.
Here are a few examples of Farmeroo Day! events:
Canby Farm Loop
Flower Farmer: Miniature train rides around the farm with vegetables and flowers for sale.
Morning Shade: It’s a blueberry lover’s dream! Get the kids and grandma and u-Farm pick blueberries, raspberries, currants and boysenberries.
St. Josef’s Winery: Stop for tastings of St. Josef’s delicious wines and take a bottle home to enjoy later.
Molalla Country Farm Loop
SuDan Farms: Open Barn Day – tour of farm, and vendors with tastings of locally grown lamb and chicken, goat cheeses, chocolates and wines. See sheep shearing from 1-5pm and do some toe tappin’ to live music from 12-3pm.
Schmid Family Farm: Yum! Stop by the Schmid Family Farm and pick blueberries and marionberries. Make a pie later.
Rosse Posse Acres Elk Ranch: Call in advance to have a Sunday tour of the ranch’s 80+ elk and petting zoo animals of pygmy goats, donkeys, horse, chickens, Patagonian cavy and Tucker the wallaby. (503) 829-7107.
Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch: Walk through the pastures and experience the curious personalities of more than 80 alpacas and see the new crias (babies). Visit the Ranch Store after your tour.
Farmlandia Farm Loop
Barn Owl Nursery Herb & Lavender Farm: Find over 100 varieties of lavender here at the farm. Take a fragrant bundle home to enjoy and be sure to visit the gift shop filled with fragrance products and culinary teas, cookies and other treats.
Tollen Farm: Kids and adults alike will fall in love with the herd of Mediterranean donkeys, a flock of sheep and the fluffy llama. View the century-old farmhouse along with its gift shop of whimsical garden art and home décor.
Bosky Dell Natives: Learn how to be better stewards of the land when you visit this nursery filled with 300 species of native plants. Kids will have Fun looking for the red-legged frogs in the pond. Explore the Whimsical art, historical treasures, water features and restored Creek.
Sunday hours at some of the participating farm loop members’ facilities may vary. Remember to wear appropriate shoes for walking in pastures, farmyards, berry fields, or nurseries. Please leave your pets at home.
About Oregon Farm Loop
A farm loop connects people who cherish local farms via a scenic driving route to visitor-friendly farms and wineries, on‐farm festivals and dinners, and to outdoor recreation. Farm loops offer families opportunities to interact with farm animals; pick fruit, vegetables, and flowers; and explore farms, nurseries and vineyards while spending a day in the local countryside. One of Oregon Farm Loop’s goals is to educate the public about farming and to demonstrate the important role that modern farming plays in today’s society, including helping people find an answer to the perennial consumer question, “where does my food come from?” Field & Vine’s “Dinners in the Field” is a delicious and educational experience that encourages tourism in Clackamas County, with dinner guests choosing to return to explore other attractions on Farm Loop routes. The Farm Loops closest to Portland include the Molalla Country Farm Loop and the Canby Area Farm Loop.
The Canby Farm Loop is sponsored by MARStewart Group, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Oregon Farm Loop, Field & Vine Events, and Canby Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors of the Molalla Country Farm Loop include MARStewart Group, Molalla Communications, Field & Vine Events, Oregon Farm Loop, and Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs. Farmlandia Farm Loop is sponsored by MARStewart Group, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Oregon Farm Loop, Bob’s Red Mill, West Linn Chamber of Commerce and City of Wilsonville Oregon.