BEND, OR -- The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance is looking for businesses to join the High Desert Food Trail. This self-guided trail showcasing offerings from Central Oregon farmers, ranchers, brewers and chefs is in its second year, after a successful launch in October of 2021.
“We spoke to a lot of folks that were really interested. They were looking for a way to find local food, similar to the fruit loop up in the gorge. That they could follow and go on their own pace, so it was really exciting to be able to share this opportunity with them,” Agricultural Services Manager Andrea Smith says businesses offering local products can be a part of the High Desert Food Trail.
Smith tells KBND News the Trail partners with Travel Oregon and Visit Central Oregon to help promote the program, “Last year we marketed through a couple of different avenues. In this next year we will be pushing a couple of different and unique ways of marketing. …Doing potentially videos that we can share, or more marketing materials in our local outlets”.
Whether you’re a visiting foodie or a local looking for something fresh and new, the High Desert Food Trail offers everyone the opportunity to find out where our food comes from. “Any kind of business that has a certain level of local food that they either produce or sell in their business is welcome to be a part of the food trail. So, that can be anything from a cider company to a ranch that has events on their farm,” says Smith.
The deadline to apply is December 23rd.