Farm 2 Fork Tours was recently featured in Red Tricycle's fun farm tours article.
Escape the City with These Nearby Farm Tours
2020/10/21 | Katrina Emery
If you’re needing a fun family outing to pump up your quarantine this fall, the lovely folks at Farm 2 Fork Tours have got you covered. With transportation, snacks, meals, and adventures all included (along with extra careful safety precautions), they’re here to make sure your day exploring our corner of Oregon is amazing. Read on for more!
Farm 2 Fork tours provide families with an exclusive opportunity to witness our food is grown while tasting the seasonal offerings. You and your kiddos get to learn first hand from regional farmers and really connect with the people that grow and craft their food.
Farm 2 Fork currently offers a few different tour “themes” to choose from depending on the area of Oregon your family wants to explore the most. Offerings include the Willamette Valley, Oregon Coast and more. All tours are family friendly and can be adjusted to fit your little one’s carb-only diet choices or stroller-toting needs.
Owner Ali Noyer has curated a relationship with farms and owners all throughout the region, so tours are carefully designed to offer you the best experience of the day. The drive from Portland is a great time to learn about the farms, the valley, farming practices, and more. Ali is incredibly knowledgeable about the areas and the farmers and is happy to chat about all of it.
On the Willamette Valley tour, for example, you might stop at places like these:
Marion Acres and Helvetia Market
Near the sweet hamlet of Helvetia, Marion Acres is a chicken farm and processing plant. You’ll learn all about the ins and outs of pasture-raised, local, humane, sustainable farming chicken raising, which produces high quality meat and healthy farms. The pastures are teeming with life like cows, pigs, chickens, bugs that the chickens eat, and even some hawks up above. Yes, the “processing” plant does what you suspect, and while they’re very up front about it, you can keep as much distance as you’d like from it (or peek inside the clean facility with the tour if you’re curious!).
Enjoy lunch, snacks, or a shopping break at Helvetia Market, offering a huge quantity of local goods like produce, their own and others’ pasture-raised meats, beer and wine, fresh baked bread, and other grocery items.
Learn all about cheesemaking and the loving art of raising milk cows. Their line-up of adorable big-eyed cows are called “cowlebrities,” and each come with a big name tag so you can address them properly. You’ll get the chance to offer them hay and even pet them, while learning about the careful and caring stewardship the small dairy farm upholds for their animals. You might even get to see the milking process! Top it off with a tasting of cheese curds, gouda, or even “Miss TMK,” an entire cheese made from the namesake’s single cow milk. Also, there’s ice cream.
Other tours head out to the coast for the Taste of Tillamook or a fully focused Cheese and Dairy Tour. And don’t skip the Coastal Exploration, where your gang can learn how to shuck oysters, safely filet a fish, or even go crabbing right off the docks. Your kids might come away inspired to become fishermen or women! And it’s ok if the little ones aren’t big oyster eaters—options abound (and that leaves more for the seafood loving adults!)
The only requirement is a sense of wonder and curiosity about the food and farms of the Pacific Northwest. Questions welcome, adventures promised.
Farm 2 Fork Tours
5-6 hour tours, rain or shine
$149/adults, $110/children 5-21, free for children 4 and under
Children pricing assumes full meals and snack tastings, please inquire for adjusted pricing (as in, if your children are likely not going to eat a full seafood lunch, the cost can be reduced)
all photos courtesy of Farm 2 Fork Tours
Farm 2 Fork Tours is taking all the precautions necessary to ensure that our tours create a safe and welcoming environment for our guests and community. Our thoughts are with those that are affected, and we want to continue our mission to support local farms and fisheries in the safest way possible to ensure everyone has a unique culinary food tour experience while maintaining protective measures against the virus.
Farm 2 Fork is carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and is in constant communication with the farm stops to ensure your health and safety come first on the tours. When we return in July we will implement preventative measure in line with the recommendations of the State of Oregon and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, updating them as necessary.
Here are some of the ways we plan to move ahead:
One of the best ways we can give back is to support local, by visiting and experiencing the local farms and fisheries we are reconnecting the community. Farm 2 Fork wants to celebrate the beauty and bounty of Oregon's sustainable farms through intimate food tours with you this summer!
Farm2Fork Tours Welcomes Visitors to Culinary Tours at Local
Oregon Dairies, Farms and Fishing Communities
Every tour will reveal behind-the-scenes moments at local farms and methods of sustainable farming.
(Portland, OR, June 2020) – A unique, relaxing and truly natural experience awaits everyone in Oregon. As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, local food producers and communities are feeling the brunt of a slowing economy. To support local farms and fisheries, Farm2Fork Tours is pleased to welcome everyone to its unique culinary food tours across dairy farms, fisheries near the coastline, and the array of artisan food producers of Oregon.
Farm2Fork culinary tours offer a refreshing break from the stressful times, and also reaffirm and strengthen the human bond with nature, besides supporting artisan food production in Oregon. Visitors will have their hands full as they go around learning about sustainable farming, local artisans and their lives, and the amazing flavors of fresh produce. Each of their tours is meant to engage the senses to provide you with the most comprehensive and unique travel experience available in the Pacific Northwest.
As part of the coastal exploration tour, visitors will visit the heart of Tillamook County to explore the world of coastal seafood. They will experience behind-the-scenes moments at oyster and crab farms, figure out how to shuck an oyster or the proper way to eat a crab, and witness how fishermen bring seafood to the Pacific Northwest.
Another enjoyable itinerary is the dairy experience tour, where visitors will familiarize themselves with life on a dairy farm. They will see how animals are tended to, the care and maintenance of the environment, and the making of dairy products. The true taste of Oregon awaits every visitor at Farm2Fork when they undertake a customized tour of the Tillamook coast or the Willamette valley. They can select which farm to visit, including urban produce farms, tea and hops farms and sample the freshest of cheese, oysters, olive oils and wines.
Farm2Fork Tours have been created by Ali Nicole Noyer with the idea to connect visitors and the local community with the people that grow and craft their food. It is Ali’s desire to share local farms, fisheries and artesian food producers that are passionate about sustainable farming. She has over ten years experience in culinary hospitality as an event manager and worked for her local tourism bureau creating educational tours for consumers. It's time to enhance our perspective and rediscover how we experience food.
To book a Farm2Fork Tour, please visit: https://book.peek.com/s/9da3d0ab-60dc-43fb-a34a-2994cc2608de/Vad7M
Farm 2 Fork Tours provide consumers with unique educational opportunities to witness how food is grown - up close and personal. Our goal is to intimately connect the community to sustainable farming and food production as they foster economic growth and community development. For more information, please visit: www.farm2forktours.com
Ali Nicole Noyer
Farm 2 Fork Tours, Oregon