The Hood River Valley is our nations largest pear growing regions but we don’t stop there. Cherries and apples also are a huge crop along with the berries, stone fruit, lavender, wine grapes and more. July’s warmth ripens the cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and begins the 2010 harvest. From now through the summer, something is always fresh and ready to be picked, snipped or sipped. The first cherries arrived in our CSA box this week!!
The 2010 Cherry Celebration, July 10 -11, is an adventure with activities for the entire family. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other cherry treats. Many farms feature picnic areas. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for Cherry Days. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking, too.
Friday and Saturday nights are filling up quickly this summer but do check. Better yet, we invite you to beat the crowds and visit the Hood River Valley mid week. The fruit and wines taste the same, sometimes better with less distractions! There are certainly more rooms available at the inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild If you are thinking Fall Apple/Pear Harvest, don’t think too long. Reserve your room today.