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Have you all been out to Silas and Kristina’s Rack and Cloth Mercantile in Mosier? It’s one of my new favorite places. The little café-style restaurant is located right in downtown Mosier, Oregon. We recently stopped in for a light lunch, some of Silas and Kristina’s fantastic cider, and to soak up some sun on their patio. Here are a few photos I snapped when we were there. I can’t wait to go back for more, a visit is a pretty perfect way to spend an afternoon or weekend. They are currently open Thursday-Sunday from 4pm to close and also host the Mosier Farmers’ Market in their lot! Hope to see you all there.

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I don’t know anyone who’s been to Mike’s Ice Cream that hasn’t walked away with a big smile on their face. Whether you are a Columbia Gorge local and get to frequent Mike’s Ice Cream in the warm months, or if you are visiting from out of town and only get to go once per season, Mike’s Ice Cream is a favorite. We love taking the kids there in the long summery evenings, or after library storytime… or, honestly, anytime. My daughter loves the Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate and the strawberry, my husband usually opts for a combination of chocolate and something with a coffee base. I order my scoop depending on my mood but if they have coconut I always get that! Mike’s closes up it’s doors at the end of October so there’s still plenty of time to decide on your favorite flavor!

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  • August 23, 2014 - 2:11 am

    Jeff Burrows - We always make a special stop for Mike’s ice cream whenever we are passing through Hood River. As an old windsurfer, I feel a special affinity as Mike was something of a windsurfing icon in his day! Hypertech Rules forever!
    Recently, we have enjoyed picking up the EP of the band from some of the staff scooping ice cream. It’s a special place!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Alfonso - Love love love the pics! Can you purchase a pint of Strawberry and save it for later pick up? :)ReplyCancel

    • September 17, 2014 - 8:51 pm

      kacieblogs@gmail.com - DEFINITELY. ;) Or you should just come down before the end of Oct and visit!ReplyCancel

I recently had the pleasure of discovering Garnier Vineyards in Mosier. This winery is tucked up, just across the street from Idiot’s Grace in Mosier. Todd, who runs the tasting room, invited me up to try their wines and get a closer look at their vines and property. Garnier Vineyards property sweeps an impressive 300+ acres, and ranges from grapes grown up on the dry hillside to the cooler waterfront. This space and variation allows for them to create a variety of bold, distinct their wines from their own grapes. There are plans for an expanded tasting room and deck, but for the moment this humble tasting room sits in the midst of a pretty grand view. There is small deck with a view, a cool tasting room, and a big lawn where you can enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. The tasting room is currently only open April-August so get in while you can… If you head out this weekend, I’d recommend a refreshing Rosé!

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At the end of May I took the girls up to visit our friends, Andrea and Taylor, at their organic farm up in Parkdale. There farm was just beginning to burst with the first of the season’s harvest. Andrea and Taylor were hard at work in the field, preparing their selection for the Gorge Grown Farmer’s Market. I asked Andrea to share a bit about their farm…

First, tell me about a little about the farm, what you grow, and about the CSA and where your produce can be found and purchased?
Taylor and I operate a 6 acre organic (non-certified) vegetable farm. This season we are farming 3 out of the 6 acres. We currently grow 50 different varieties of vegetables that we sell at the Hood River farmers’ market. We also have a 50 member CSA and our produce can be found at Solera Brewery in Parkdale, Apple Valley BBQ in Parkdale, and River Daze Cafe in Hood River.

Why do you and Taylor farm? What inspires you to do all that impressively hard work?
Taylor and I decided to quit our day jobs and learn how to farm 5 years ago. Taylor grew up on a 60 acre organic vegetable farm in Massachusetts but didn’t have any interest in farming until his mid 20’s. We were both living in Bend, OR working jobs that weren’t very fulfilling when Taylor brought up the idea of moving back to Massachusetts to work on his family’s farm. I’d always fantasized about working on a farm and jumped at the idea-I was in for a rude awakening, turns out farming isn’t romantic at all! The days are long and physically demanding. However, the most rewarding part is knowing our produce is making it’s way to our community’s dinner tables every night.

What brought you guys out to Hood River? What is your favorite thing about living in the Gorge?
Taylor and I decided to leave Massachusetts after 3 seasons of farm work because we were missing Oregon and wanted to build our own farm on a smaller scale. We landed in the Gorge because we love the outdoorsy lifestyle and the fact that it’s an agricultural area. We are never leaving!

What inspires your recipes on your food blog, Dishing Up The Dirt?
The recipes on my blog usually come to me when I’m at the farm hot, hungry and craving what I’m picking.
Here are some photos that I took on our visit…
We went up again last week and got a peak at the farm; it looks quite a bit more active these days. The farm is expanded, the produce is bursting, and Andrea and Taylor have much more impressive tan lines. Seeing their farm and how hard they work to bring out community wonderful, organic produce made me even more grateful that we have these small farms so close. Hope to see you all tomorrow at the Hood River – Gorge Grown Farmer’s Market!
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