Serving Fresh, Local Ingredients
Farm To Table
Central Oregon’s cooler temperatures and high desert climate give our region an average growing season of 90 days. While rainier parts of the state boast a longer season, our farmers, ranchers, and eateries have risen to the occasion with a creatively delicious variety of foods. From premium grass-fed beef and poultry at North 44 Farm to certified organic fruits and veggies from Rainshadow Organics and cultivated, hand-picked shrooms at Deschutes Gourmet Mushrooms, there are plenty of gorgeous, natural, local foods to nibble on.
And what’s the best way to enjoy all this deliciousness?
Dining at a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. While most restaurants have to outsource ingredients these days, you’ll still find several establishments serving meats, produce, and even hops grown here in Central Oregon, when available. Need a quick bite for breakfast or lunch? How about an award-winning bagel breakfast sandwich from Rockin’ Dave’s with sourced locally savory sausage and veggies. Or get ready for your tastebuds to belt out a fabulously delicious tune at Ariana Restaurant, where they utilize our region’s bounty of culinary products.
Other local restaurants like Chow and Worthy Brewing boast on-site gardens and a commitment to sourcing the freshest local ingredients from area farms and ranches. You’ll see the same commitment at the Cascade Culinary Institute’s restaurant, Elevation, where you can sample fare prepared by culinary students learning the importance of locally-sourced foods.
Want to prepare your own farm-fresh meal in the kitchen of your vacation rental home? Visit the Bend Farmer’s Market from May through October to pick up the freshest local meats, veggies, fruits, cheeses, and everything else you need to fix your dream dinner. Or take a delicious self-guided tour with The High Desert Food Trail, where you’ll dive deeper into our agricultural roots. And don’t forget to indulge in a few brews, bites, and beautiful views along the way.