Farm to Fork in Parkdale, Oregon

delicious pear growing at Kiyokawa Family Orchards

 

Last Saturday I got to finally see what the Farm to Fork experience is all about.  We drove about 2 hours to Parkdale, Oregon, just beyond Hood River where we met up with my brother and his wife.

The evening started around 3:30 with a little wine and taking in the surroundings.

You three look great! (Joe, Shawn, Mt.Hood)

 

We then took off on a tour of the farm.  Kiyokawa Family Orchards has an amazing variety of apples and pears which we snacked on a little as we learned about the history of the farm and the local farming community (which is made up of some of Oregon’s hippest farmers for sure).

There were about 160 people this evening which made for one very long table :)  Pass me the butter?  And at the way far end Conde Nast was there taking photos.  It didn’t hurt that the great weather and setting sun gave us all warm honey glows.

view from the end of the table – you can’t even see the other side!

 

The food was amazing – all from the chef at Celilo in Hood River. There was a colorful salad with baby beets, and watermelon – the watermelon had been vacuum packed earlier which compacted the watermelon, concentrating the flavor. There was a sophisticated ‘b.l.t’ made from little cherry tomatoes, smoked pork belly, greens and bread crumbs.  The main course of pork shoulder was cooked sooo perfectly.

This was my first time to a Farm to Fork event, but it certainly won’t be my last!  Their year is winding down, but here’s the link should you want to try it out next year: Farm to Fork .  I can only speak for the Hood River one, but I hear the others are fantastic too!  Have you been to one?

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