During a cooking class, the female head chef at Middleground Farms teaches two young women the proper way to cut vegetables

A Farm to Table Scene in the Willamette Valley

Molly Johnson | 01/18/2018 | Canby, Farms & Wineries, Food & Drink, West Linn, Wilsonville

rows of vineyard with people eating dinner under a lit tent at a dinner in the field event

The foodie scene in Mt. Hood Territory has dramatically changed over the years and currently boasts some of my favorite farm to table style offerings. 

The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is a true gem between Wilsonville and West Linn that sells farm fresh foods and offers an extensive array of cooking classes. These classes teach fundamental skills in the garden as well as the kitchen, making it a fully immersive and fun experience. I personally see the head chef and owner Jessica Hanson as a triple-threat; a wonderfully amusing person to be around, a great teacher of cuisine and a chef that makes mouthwatering food. There is not a single thing she's made that doesn't make my mouth water just thinking about it. Not to mention that the atmosphere on the farm is so calming and the look and feel inside the barn (where the classes are held) is so beautiful and inspiring...seriously so many Instagrammable shots to capture just how good of a time you are having. 

Just down the road between Wilsonville and Sherwood is Our Table Cooperative Farm and Grocery Store. They are a member and employee-owned farm that works cooperatively (get it?) with ranchers, small businesses, local farmers and consumers to produce and sell organic, sustainable and.... you guessed it, local food and beverages to the community. They make it so easy to consume healthy and delicious foods whether it be ingredients to make your meal at home or grab-and-go prepared meals. Ever since we did a video tutorial there with Chef Keri on how they make one of the signature salad dressings I'm officially hooked on this blueberry vinaigrette....again with the mouth watering. Plus they host monthly Farm Brunches and Friday Happy Hours so there really is an option for everyone. 

The farm has also been host to one of Field & Vine's "Dinners in the Field" which take place annually between May-November. These dinners are some of the most magical experiences and Field & Vine (a full-service catering and events company) makes them happen by partnering with local farms as the host venue, local purveyors providing the food and wine while owner and head chef Pascal Chureau provides his special touch to bring it all together. These dinners connect the Portland region and beyond with Oregon's wine and farm country, delighting the attendees with the freshest foods, award-winning wines and twinkle lights! I look forward to the announcement of the dinner partnerships every year and once you try one you'll feel the same I'm sure.

I can't forget my sweet-tooth which aches for sugar, (or because of it, according to my dentist). I especially crave chocolate, and Puddin' River Chocolates in Canby is one of my favorites. The chocolates are addicting...actually everything they sell is addicting. I tried a caramel chewy and almost finished the whole bag before the 15 minute drive back to work. Theresa, the owner and head chocolatier, is a hoot and she makes amazing creations using European chocolates to create everything from truffles to toffee barks and endless other candy creations. She does take orders for shipping the chocolates but it's worth the experience of stopping in the store which has a new location about one mile from downtown Canby.

I could go on but my stomach is screaming at me now so I'm going to go take care of that and you should go visit these places too.         

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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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