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Valley Flora bounty

Valley Flora Farm, just south of Langlois, sells a wide variety of fresh picked and U-pick produce throughout the summer and fall.

SOUTH COAST — Get some fresh air and your pick of ripe produce from local growers on the Northern Wild Rivers Coast Farm Trail.

The U.S. Highway 101 farm trail is marked by new signs, pointing to farms and businesses participating in the 2015 Eat Fresh and Local pilot project. Sample fresh picked or U-pick fruits and veggies at farmers markets and farm stands from Bandon to Port Orford.

Blueberry season is on, so it's a good time to hit the trail. The blueberry season lasts four to six weeks; call farms for updates. Local U-pick experts will find many of their established haunts on the trail, including Jensen Blueberries, established in 1954.

Valley Flora Farm is another local favorite. Visitors will find a variety of U-pick berries throughout the summer and fall. The farm stand is stocked with new vegetables this year, including fava beans and new eggplant varieties. Farmer Zoe Bradbury said the new crops were inspired by her new favorite cookbook, "Jerusalem," by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.

Bradbury is also excited about the farm's maturing eight-acre orchard, first planted in 2009. The trees enjoyed the company of a colony of bees who vacationed on the farm this spring, and Bradbury is especially eager for the season's plums.

Explore new farm stand locations at Twin Creek Ranch and Dragonfly Farm.

Twin Creek Ranch has a bumper blueberry crop this year, reports farmer David Leff. His farm boasts big berries, sometimes mistaken for grapes.

"There are so many berries, it's unbelievable," Leff said. "I get berries out here the size of quarters."

Dragonfly sells herbs and veggies at the weekend farmers market in Bandon. Visit the farm on Wednesdays and visit with the farm's chickens, goats and rabbits.

"(Dragonfly) is such a beautiful environment, just off the highway. It's an old farm they've restored," said Cathy Boden, Eat Fresh and Local team coordinator.

The farm trail project grew out of the Travel Oregon Rural Tourism Studio program. The pilot farm trail is a cooperative promotional effort by nine participating farmers and markets, led by the Eat Fresh and Local action team, with support from the Bandon Chamber of Commerce and Wild Rivers Coast Alliance. Growers and farmers interested in joining the action team may email Cathy Boden at cathy@currywatersheds.org, or call 541-332-5039.

Farms and Markets on the Trail

Old Town Marketplace

250 First Street SW, Bandon

Produce, baked goods, eggs, meat and seafood

Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SNAP/Oregon Trail Cards accepted

541-347-3206

Twin Creek Ranch Blueberries

87432 Cranberry Creek Lane, Bandon

U-pick, fresh-picked and frozen berries

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, through blueberry season

Main: 541-347-4262, Cell: 541-404-4262

Bowman Bogs

87303 McTimmons Lane, Bandon

Cranberry bog tours, fresh berries, syrup, concentrate

Open 12 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11, 12, 13; watch harvest 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 to October 9

Valentine Blueberries

End of Sydnam Lane, 11 miles south of Bandon

U-pick, pre-pick, and jam

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, through blueberry season

541-253-1104

Dragonfly Farm

49295 Hwy 101

Nursery plants, baskets, herb planters, eggs, produce

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays

541-655-0998

Langlois Market

48444 Highway 101, Langlois

Produce, eggs, Oregon Grass Fed Beef

Open every day

541-348-2476

Valley Flora Farm Stand and U-Pick

Floras Creek Road (1.5 miles from Hwy 101 junction), Langlois

U-pick and fresh picked produce, eggs, sauces

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday & Saturday, through September

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, through December

SNAP/Oregon Trail Cards accepted

541-348-2180

Jensen Blueberries

Located 46760 Hwy 101

U-pick only

Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through blueberry season

541-348-2473

Port Orford Community Co-op

812 Oregon Street, Port Orford

Produce, baked goods, meat and seafood

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

SNAP/Oregon Trail Cards accepted

541-366-2067

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