Willamette Valley farmers are known the world over for growing fresh fruits and vegetables, producing the vast majority of hazelnuts in the United States, crafting award-winning wines, and more. And that’s to say nothing of the chefs who use those ingredients in regional dishes, brewers who develop new recipes with local goods, and markets that place our regional output front and center. It’s little surprise, then, that a trio of Willamette Valley food trails and four Willamette Valley farm loops have cropped up in recent years to share that rich bounty with the wider world.
But what are food trails and farm loops? Basically, they’re self-guided tours—with up to 50 farms, markets, eateries, breweries, or wineries scattered around small regions within the Willamette Valley. You can visit as many as you’d like and take as much time as you have—whether you can only sneak in one stop or want to spend a whole weekend digging into the roots of the Willamette Valley’s home-grown goods.
In all, seven farm loops and food trails cover every corner of the Willamette Valley, and we’ve covered each below; learn more about what you’ll find in each area, how much time to give yourself, and what you’ll encounter along the way. Bon appétit!
Visiting Food Trails and Farm Loops Around the Willamette Valley
Explore the official Willamette Valley food trails and Oregon farm loops as well as links to the official sites for more information including downloadable maps. When you are in the Willamette Valley, pick up printed maps at visitor centers and participating businesses.
Willamette Valley Food Trails
The Oregon Food Trails program connects foodies with farmers, anglers, restaurateurs, brewers, vintners, and more all over the Beaver State—and a trio of these self-guided food trails span every corner of the Willamette Valley. Here’s where to enjoy fresh fare, all year long, around the region.
The self-guided Great Oaks Food Trail brings together the region’s best growers, eateries, markets, and more to offer a one-of-a-kind introduction to the region’s agricultural past and present
Dozens of wineries, craft breweries, farms, ranches, and markets, make up the self-guided Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
Oregon Farm Loop
The Oregon Farm Loop program comprises four self-guided farm loops around the Willamette Valley—where visitors can sip the region’s best wines, sample farm-fresh fare, get up-close with friendly animals, learn about life on the farm, and more.