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High Desert EATS – Jefferson Co. Farm Tours

High Desert Educational Agricultural Tours (EATs)

EATs is a farm tour series held in the summer months in Jefferson County with five themed events, each featuring tours at 3-5 farms.  Participants learn about the diverse agricultural production from a dedicated group of farmers and community members.  HDFFA supports farm and agriculture business leaders in Jefferson County to develop the themes, participants and tours.

2017 Tour Schedule

May 13th – Flowers, Herbs, & Veggies North County
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Visit three unique greenhouse and gardening operations growing a variety of delicious vegetables, beautiful flowers and baskets, and a large variety of landscape and garden plants for your high desert garden or yard. You will sample earthly treats and be able to purchase fresh produce and plants.


May 27th
– Farm to Flask
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Tour a family farm growing rye for New Basin Distilling. Learn about sustainable soil and water use on the farm, seeds and pollination. Finish the tour with a delightful tasting tour of New Basin Distilling in Madras: gin, vodka and whiskey and famous Madras Mule cocktails. 

 

June 3 – Flowers, Herbs, & Veggies South County
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With so many unique farms to show off, we had to split this tour in two parts! You will learn about hydroponic tomato production, hydroponic cucumbers grown over koi fish tanks and a vertically integrated lavender farm. All these farms offer innovative production methods and amazing views to accompany fresh product purchases.

June 10 – Spring to Sprouts, Bonus Collaboration Tour
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Robust river, vibrant agriculture, healthy community. This tour is a special collaboration with Coalition for the Deschutes and Deschutes Basin Board of Control. The tour will follow the flow of the Deschutes River from La Pine State Park to Jefferson County farms, learning about the variety of sustainable water use along the way. A picnic lunch stop at a local farm and bus transportation included.


June 17
– Beer and Beef
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Ever wonder how barley is turned into beer? Taste the process at Mecca Grade Estate Malt, a modern malting facility on a historic, 7th generation family farm growing barley and malting it for the brewing industry. Enjoy a light lunch with locally raised beef after touring Symon’s Beef – a family farm raising cattle, all the feed for the cattle operation and custom processing the meat.

Tours run from 9am-1pm and cost $10
RSVP Required. Click the links below for tickets.

Flowers, Herbs, & Veggies North County

Farm to Flask

Flowers, Herbs, & Veggies South County

Spring to Sprouts

Beer and Beef

FREE shuttle service provided,
Meet at Madras Saturday Market
(except for Spring to Sprout Tour which leaves from Bend)

 

Thank you participating Farms and Businesses:

Alices’s Greenhouse
Cascade Lavender
Central Oregon Agronomy
Central Oregon Seed, Inc.
Country Vines, llc.
Deschutes Basin Board of Control
Fox Hollow Farm
Koi Cucumbers
Madras Garden Depot
Mecca Grade Estate Malt
Symons Beef
Paradise Produce
Williams Farm

Funding for farm events provided by:

ODA, Specialty Crop Block Grant
OSU Extension
High Desert Food and Farm Alliance
Jefferson County Seed Growers Assoc.
Symons Beef Company


2016 Tour Stops
For a detailed overview of the 2016 tours, click here