The High Desert Food Trail: Agriculture & Culinary Delights Await

A nibble, a nosh, or a feast: Visitors and locals alike can get a tasty sampling of the high desert by exploring the High Desert Food Trail, a self-guided journey through the region’s culinary and agriculture businesses. The trail aims to connect people to the many tastes of Central Oregon through experiences such as on-farm visits, stops at tasting rooms, artisan markets, restaurants and more. 

The High Desert Food Trail is a partnership between a Central Oregon organization, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, and Travel Oregon that works to increase access and spread education about healthy foods. Visitors who explore some of the 45 businesses (farms, ranches, restaurants, farmer’s markets, craft and beverage makers, and more) along the way might be surprised to learn about the region’s diverse and bountiful agriculture and culinary scene, according to staff from the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance. “Many people believe that local food is unavailable in Central Oregon due to our sandy soils and frosty nights, but we have one of the most vibrant local food scenes in the state,” said Annie Nichols, HDFFA Agricultural Support Manager. With stunning landscapes to marvel at, artisan offerings to feast on and resilient agriculture to experience, there is something for everyone on the High Desert Food Trail. Learn about some of the stops below. For the full itinerary, view the full downloadable trail map.

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L&S Farm and Garden

Trail Stop: L&S Farm and Garden

With deep roots in Central Oregon, Lisa has been gardening and working with plants for decades, and after years of managing their nursery in south Deschutes County, in 2017 Lisa and her husband Sonny closed that nursery and bought a farm in Prineville. True to their farm-to-table philosophy, the farm has offerings ranging from Angus beef and eggs, to produce and jams and canned goods, gardening classes, and so much more. Be sure to visit lsgardens.com to plan a visit while in Prineville.

Trail stop: Feast Food Company, Redmond

Once a food truck, Feast Food Co. transitioned to a brick-and-mortar in Redmond in late 2022. Although no longer on the move, owners Chris and Emma have kept the focus on bringing a true farm-to-table experience to their eatery by preparing and serving food that comes from local ranches and farms in Central Oregon. When in the Redmond area, be sure to check out their menu at feastfoodco.com for a local, flavorful dining experience.

Feast Food Company
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Trail stop: Mecca Grade Estate, Madras

Dive into Central Oregon’s beer culture with a visit to Mecca Grade Estate Malt House and Tasting Room, situated on 1,000 acres in a rural area north of Madras and east of Warm Springs. This family-run malthouse aims to bring back the flavors of old European malts, with malted barley varieties bred in partnership with barley scientists at Oregon State University. Stop by to taste the difference this premium malt makes with a flight of beers brewed on-site. meccagrade.com.

Trail stop: Boone Dog Wood Fired Pizza

Exciting people about organic and healthy ingredients is a top priority for Boone Dog Wood Fired Pizza. Located at The Barn in Sisters, this mobile wood-fired kitchen offers a nourishing culinary experience with full flavors from farm-fresh produce, ethically raised meats, and a variety of cheeses from Central Oregon. With a dedication to a sustainable food cycle and supporting local farmers, Boone Dog is firing up tasty pies 7 days a week and invites you to stop by and enjoy. Go to boonedogpizza.com to view their menus – they also offer delectable breakfast and pastry options

Up-to-date information is available at https://hdffa.org/hdft/. The High Desert Food Trail is one of nine other food trails active in Oregon, all of which can be found at oregonfoodtrails.com.

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