October News

  • Family First - Mt. Hope Farms

    Family First - Mt. Hope Farms

    My first encounter with Mt. Hope Farms fruit spreads and the absolutely lovely Ellis family happened at the 2015 Wedge Cheese Festival in SE Portland. I was astounded by the full flavor and amazing fruit quality of what they produce and was instantly a fan! This week I was excited to head out to Molalla, Oregon on a bright October day to walk around the farm with Mike and Laura chatting about life and what the future holds for Mt. Hope Farms. With fruit from their farm and some from trusted neighbors Laura and Mike Ellis are quietly creating Good Food Award...

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  • Scratching the Creative Itch - a visit with Sarah Marcus of Briar Rose Creamery

    Scratching the Creative Itch - a visit with Sarah Marcus of Briar Rose Creamery

    Tucked away in the hills of Dundee, Oregon is magical, mythical cheese laboratory! I’ve been lucky enough to pop into Briar Rose a few times since their arrival on the Oregon cheese scene in 2010. It's always a thrill to see a thriving operation with Sarah and her crew hard at work. Today Julia is mixing Fromage Blanc and Amber is bathing Callisto while Sarah shows me around the coolers and packages of cheese for upcoming farmer’s markets. This visit had one very significant change from my others – the milk. Briar Rose has won awards and made their mark...

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