While rainier parts of Oregon boast growing seasons that span more than half the year, Central Oregon’s cooler temperatures and high desert climate give our region an average growing season of 90 days. It’s a challenge to be sure, but one that Central Oregon farmers, ranchers, and restaurants have risen to with a creative variety of farm to table dining in Bend.
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 both locations of Jackson’s Corner, or visit the Cascade Culinary Institute’s restaurant, Elevation, to 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 May through October to pick up the freshest local meats, veggies, fruits, cheeses, and everything else you need to fix your dream dinner. Central Oregon Locovore promotes local farms and ranches with a commitment to ecologically stable, nutrient-dense local food. Stop by their marketplace to purchase ingredients or edible souvenirs, or watch their website for news on farm to table dining events happening around Bend.