I am particularly excited about Wanderfeast Week Four ~ Fall Fruits Week, as the orchard featured, Kiyokawas is a stones throw up the Hood River Valley from our inn, the Old Parkdale Inn. It is one of my favorite fruit stands, not only because of the knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your apple and pear related questions but because of the variety of fruit. Over 40 varieties of apples and 30 varieties of pears, many familiar, many old world varieties which you may or may not have ever heard of. Asian pears, too.
Also featured is Nora's Table, one of Hood River's finest restaurants, specializing in small plate dishes created with the finest and freshest ingredients. Oregon slow food cooking at its best.
"In the shadow of Mt. Hood and in the valleys of Southern Oregon, fresh pears and apples signal the start of fall. Chef Kathy Watson followed her dream, leaving the corporate world behind for the kitchen at Nora's Table in Hood River. This week she travels to Kiyokawa Family Orchards in the Hood River Valley to pick pears and create a fall fruit delicacy."
Design your own Wanderfeast and possibly win a Culinary Vacation of a lifetime. And even if you don't win we encourage you to create your own Oregon Culinary experience by visiting the member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and plan an Oregon culinary vacation like no other. Our innkeepers take breakfast seriously, serving freshly ground coffee, more often than not roasted locally, along with sweet and savory delights created from the very best of what our Oregon producers have to offer. And with many of our local restaurants, like Nora's Table, serving up the very best in Oregon Slow Food, we can surely send you off in the right direction for a memorable dining experience.
I'm off to Kiyokawa's. Think I will pull out the crock pot today and make some apple and pear butter.