Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce and Gales Creek Church Present
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY
2017 FARM AND GARDEN TOUR
Featuring 3 Gales Creek Farms and 3 local rural gardens
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m.
Please note, farms and gardens will not be open prior to 10 am and will close at 4 pm.
Feel free to: Take pictures and ask questions. Garden hosts and volunteers will be present at each property to help you.
Enjoy looking at plants and wildlife habitat, but not disturbing.
Supervise children, and be aware that properties are not ADA or stroller friendly.
Use the portable bathrooms found at all venues, except Gales Meadow Farms.
Enjoy picnic tables at all venues except Gales Meadow Farms. You may bring your own lunches or purchase at local restaurants.
Coleman’s 9N Restaurant and Gales Creek Bar and Grill are both offering 10% discounts on lunches for the day of the Garden Tour. You may pre-order box lunches to take to the gardens or eat in at either location. Show your passport or mention the Garden Tour for your 10% discount. Call for box lunch menus 48 hours in advance at 503-357-3093 (Coleman’s) or 503-357-8561 (GC Bar and Grill).
LONE FIR TREE FARM
As Master Woodland Managers, Dallas and Sharon Boge have owned and operated their U-Cut Christmas tree farm since 1960. In 1970 their property was certified by the American Tree Farm System, and in 2005 they were recognized as Washington Co. Tree Farm of the Year. With a theme of Christmas in July, you can enjoy fudge and coffee in the wreathe cabin, test your knowledge of tree species, learn about tree pruning and sustainability and purchase “I Used To Be a Christmas Tree” items. WashingtonCo. Small Woodlands will also be present with informational literature and be available to answer questions.
Directions: West on Sargent Rd. from Church, turn right on Old Wilson River Rd. to Thornburg Rd. Turn right on Thornburg, property is on left ¼ mile.
GALES MEADOW FARMS
Beginning their farm in 1999, Rene and Anne Berblinger have been certified organic since 2001. Nine acres of rich soil support their more than 300 varieties of organic vegetables and herbs, many of which are heirloom. The Berblingers’ practices build the soil, and provide habitat for plants, insects, birds and microbes. Their mission: “Take care of the land, grow good food and sell it to satisfied customers; and provide opportunities for new farmers.”
Gales Meadow Farm will offer seasonal produce, a sampling of farm made products, and starts of lettuce and herbs,
At this venue you may purchase from a mini Farmers’ Market, featuring Bohemian Mercantile’s line of green products; as well as place orders for local, sustainable eggs, pork, beef and chicken.
Directions: West on Sargent Rd. from Church then left on Old Wilson River Rd. and an immediate right on Gales Creek Road (Hwy 8). Entrance to Farm is ¼ mile on left.
DOSS FAMILY FARM
A pig that looks like a sheep?! Josh and Christie Doss began their Mangalitsa pig farm in 2015. They are the first producers of 100% purebred Mangalitsa pork in Oregon. Their farm sits atop a minor peak of the Coast Range with a spectacular 360 view of theTualatin Valley. Theyalso raise Freedom Rangers, a heritage poultry breed, which like their pigs are fed a non GMO feed. Also of interest, they have recently put in over 100 lavender plants which will hopefully be in full bloom for the tour. Learn about the health benefits of the creamy white lard, and sample the unbelievable flavor of their pork and chicken. Their meat may be found at local Farmers’ Markets, or order direct day of tour.
Directions: West on Sargent Rd. from Church then right on Old Wilson River Rd. and an immediate left on Soda Springs Rd. in ½ mile turn right on Pott’s Rd. Travel 3 miles to Farm on right.
On the original family homestead, claimed in 1883, Jim and Sandi Evans have restored one of the early barns and tastefully adorned their property, barns, and home with folk art. Enjoy Sandi’s artistic and eclectic flair with ‘junque’; gather ideas for those ‘things’ you’ve had lying around; and enjoy their well-kept yard and pond. You may relax with cookies and lemonade on their shady wrap-around porch. Featured at this venue is Woodalls’ Woodworks with his birdhouses, framed prints, and garden benches created from reclaimed wood.
Directions: West on Sargent Rd. from Church then right on Old Wilson River Rd. Turn right on Thornburg Rd. ½ mile on left (2 properties past Lone Tree).
R & K RANCH
This beautiful horse property sits atop Clapshaw Hill with a panoramic view of orchards, farmland and vineyards, as well as a cemetery thrown in for good measure. Owners Rick and Kristen Flemmer have
owned their ‘work in progress’ since 1998. They have created retaining walls, capturing wide expanses of lawn; wide beautiful flower beds;and cozy nooks and walkways. This ‘eye candy’ of a garden is one you will want to experience. Featured at this venue is a mini plant sale with perennials and annuals from area gardens.
Directions: East on Sargent Rd from Church then left on Gales Creek Rd. (Hwy. 8) for ½ mile. Turn right on Clapshaw Hill Rd. for 1 ½ miles. Ranch is on left shortly after junction of Shearer Hill Rd.
‘Beg, bargain and borrow’ and ‘reuse, restore and recycle’ are the mottos of Master Gardener, Sharon Hundley. With trails leading to the creek and garden benches tucked here and there, Sharon’s gardens are truly a work in progress, to fill the nearly 5 acres with garden surprises. Nearly all the progress has been accomplished with reclaimed or bargain materials and “borrowed” plants. At this garden learn to create clever planters with succulents, and learn about the Oregon Extension Service Master Gardener Program, and sample home baked breads with fresh herbs.
Directions: East on Sargent Rd. from Church then left on Gales Creek Rd. (Hwy 8) to the Hwy 6 junction (3 miles). Turn right on Wilson River Hwy, (Hwy6) and garden is first driveway on right.