Columbia County’s residents treasure their agricultural history, which is why the Blue Mountain Station business development project fits so well in our community.
WHAT’S GROWING ON THE HILLS?
Columbia County’s landscape and climate create an opportunity for dry land farming. Wheat is the primary crop grown here, with barley and legumes (like peas and garbanzo beans) used as rotation crops. Columbia County’s farmers are some of the most productive in the world, and use cutting edge farming practices to preserve the soil. The patchwork “quilt” created by strip farming and fallow crops in greens, browns, and golds make for a beautiful landscape in almost any season.
ARTISAN FARMS AND PRODUCERS
Down in the Touchet Valley where water is plentiful, many other diverse crops are grown and artisan producers are operating. Just down the road from Blue Mountain Station is the Monteillet Fromagerie, an artisanal farmstead creamery famous for their amazing cheeses. Their tasting room is open seasonally. Dumas Station Winery, also located just down the road from Blue Mountain Station, has a tasting room open weekends and for special events. Several local farms and gardens, including Numi Garden, TamiJoyFarm, and Wild Bill’s Organic Gardens, offer fresh seasonal produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), at the Dayton Farmer’s Market, at the BMS Co-op Market, or at local restaurants. TamiJoyFarm also offers pasture-raised pork and chicken. Warren Orchard produces beautiful apples and pears and has on-farm sales. They are located on the North Touchet Road. Be sure and look for the Indian Head on the hill above the orchard! Best viewed in late afternoon. Check each producer’s website or Facebook page for more information.
Resurgence in interest in the heirloom living of our predecessors has taken root in Columbia County. The first annual Heirloom Food and Wine Weekend held in 2013 featured an heirloom tomato tasting and dining event as well as garden tours, including the Boldman House Heirloom Garden. Plans are underway for a 2014 event. Visit www.heirloomweekend.com to stay informed.