Recently, my family visited the small town of Prineville on the east side of Oregon. Prineville's claim to fame is being the home of Les Schwab, the tire company. Our fun activities included a trip to a pumpkin patch with a big hay bale maze. Most of the kids seemed to enjoyed running on top of the hay rather then exploring the inside of the maze.
Despite growing up just five minutes from Cloud Mountain Farm, until this year I had never attended the annual fruit festival they host. This tasting table was the highlight of the day for me. Nearly every imaginable variety of fruit was available to try. One side was dedicated to different apple, pear and asian pear varieties. The grape table ranged from from eating grapes to different types of champagne grapes. Another table had quinces, berries, currants, peppers...I can't begin to remember what else.
The Firs Christian Retreat Center is a 7-acre campus set amongst the trees in the Geneva neighborhood. The campus can accommodate up to 220 people staying in a variety of dorm style units. Its been a neighbor of mine for several years now, but until recently I had never explored more of its grounds then what can be seen from the road. I was suprised at all there was tucked back under the trees.
Summer may have come late this year, but it's been beautiful since it arrived. With the exception of a brief sprinkle in early September, we haven't had any rain since mid July. The morning fog has been starting to set in though, and by this weekend we should get our first real rain in nearly three months!
We've been having the best October weather I can remember. By afternoon the temperatures have usually been getting into the 70's and there hasn't been any rain since early summer...perfect conditions for fall colors. Today we're heading out to Cloud Mountain Farms for apple tasting.
Long known for their apples, Bellewood Acres branched out into the craft distillery business last year. We picked up a bottle of their apple vodka last weekend. I'm not normally a vodka fan, but it was quite good.