From Farm to Table
Willamette Valley, one of the most fertile valleys in the world reside in Keizer, nurturing a bounty of local produce including apples, pears, berries, honey, assorted vegetables, flowers and herbs – all available fresh from the fields, and preserved in jams and other delicious gift items.
Bob and Pam Zielinski’s farm encompasses twenty-five hundred areas just north of Keizer where they cultivate and harvest 12 different crops. You can appreciate their hard work when you take a bite of Alex Clark’s cinnamon roles at Mommy & Maddi’s restaurant which he and his wife own on River Road. They do not have to worry about running out of the flour to make these delicacies, Bob says his wheat crop can keep all 36,000 residents of Keizer in bread for the next five years. There are numerous places to try Oregon’s local bounty in Keizer and hear stories of the fresh local product used for brews, appetizers, and nutritious edibles. Stop by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and pick-up a Places to Eat in Keizer Map and plan your days’ cart du jour.
Wine Country: Uncork, Unwind
Sharing the same parallel as the famed wine country of France, Oregon attracts attention from connoisseurs worldwide. It first garnered notoriety for its Pinot noir (and still does), but now a variety of appellations, scenic wine country drives and friendly vintners diversify the state’s wine country experience. There are more than 700 vineyards and 13,700 acres of planted vines in the state, most just an hour or two from Keizer. Find wineries, their varietals and amenities at the Oregon Wine Explorer, and then plan your perfect trip at Travel Oregon where you can map nearby lodging, restaurants and attractions.
Lively Libations Craft Breweries
With more microbreweries per capita than anywhere else in the country, Oregon is a beer aficionado’s paradise, no matter which region you visit. Take in Seven Brides just east of Keizer in the historic town of Silverton. Stay in Salem and enjoy our own local Gilgamesh Brewery. Head southwest to the Pelican Pub & Brewery in the coastal town of Pacific City for a Riptide Red and a view of Cape Kiwanda. Deschutes Brewery in Central Oregon produces traditional ales and lagers, including Jubelale, a dark winter ale with a strong, roasted flavor is just a 2 1/2 hour drive east of Keizer. Forty minutes north of Keizer, Portland is home to 23 breweries, from smaller outlets like Roots Brewery specializing in organic varieties, to larger operations such as Widmer Brothers Brewing and Bridgeport Brewing Company. More than 50,000 “hopheads” gather in Portland during the last full weekend in July for the nation’s largest microbrew celebration: the Oregon Brewers Festival.