Farm to Table

The Oregon Kiwi

Oregon Kiwi: We are the country’s top producer of this unusual fruit written by Sophia McDonald | photography by Anthony C. Castro Is it possible to grow this tropical fruit in Oregon? Oregon is known for producing world-class berries from spring to early summer. But come September, a strange-looking variety briefly appears for about two weeks. They’re tan globes about the size of a grape. Each has a sweet-tart flavor and a smooth skin that’s entirely edible. Cut one open and the mystery is solved. The flesh of these tiny fruits is lime green and dotted with tiny black seeds. They’re known as kiwi berries, baby kiwi or hardy kiwi, and they’re kin to the fuzzy-skinned fruit commonly found in grocery stores. Oregon is the country’s top producer of this unusual fruit—which is to say there are a handful of farmers growing them on about 125 acres. Peter Dinsdale with…

Farm To Table: Oregon Table Grapes

String the words “Oregon” and “grapes” together and most people immediately visualize the vines that run up and down hillsides in the state’s many wine regions.

Back to the Land

It could be in a barn, or at a long table under the stars in a vineyard that you taste a perfectly braised piece of elk or a handcrafted wedge of locally made cheese. No matter where it takes place or what you get to eat, attending one of Field & Vine’s “Dinners in the Field” is guaranteed to feature farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients paired with a  fine wine.

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The Ten Best Gourmet Food Destinations in Oregon

Whether you’re a foodie who plans your outings around your taste buds or a traveler who understands that to know a place is to know its cuisine, gourmet experiences in Oregon are growing in number and in quality—bringing the best in culinary culture to your doorstep.

Oregon Elk Recipes

If you’ve never cooked Oregon elk before, now might be a good time to try! It’s delicious and more flavorful than beef.

photography by Anthony Castro

Oregon Farm to Table: Elk Farming at Rosse Posse Acres

Managing elk is a far cry from keeping more domesticated animals like pigs or sheep. They can weigh in excess of 950 pounds, and they’ll attack anything they perceive as a threat. Visit Rosse Posse Acres to see how its done.

Oregon Potatoes

Farm to Table Oregon Potatoes

From the time Dan Chin was knee high to a grasshopper, he knew he wanted to be a farmer. As a child he loved putting on his cowboy hat and boots and exploring his family’s potato fields near Klamath Falls.