Yesterday, while driving from Redmond, OR to Stevenson, WA to attend one of our favorite bluegrass festivals on the west coast, we drove through Hood River Valley. It is ripe fruit time so we stopped at a fresh fruit market along the way. There are many to choose from, but we decided on Packer Orchards and Bakery and what an excellent choice it was. Not only did they have fresh fruit (cherries, blueberries, early apples and lots of peaches) but they also have a bakery with all sorts of cookies, pies, and cinnamon rolls and also ice cream, jams and preserves. There are free samples of fruit, preserves and bakery goods including about 15 different cookies. It is paradise if you have a sweet tooth.
It was hard to choose what to take with us, but after sampling multiple cookies and fruit we decided on snickerdoodles, raisin oatmeal, and a mystery cookie that looked similar to the raisin cookie, but had some additional mystery fruits. Delicious!
Packer Orchards and Bakery has been in business since 1924,It is a fourth generation sustainable family farm that started out as small apple and pear orchard. It has now expanded to a 100 acres of apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines and prunes.
They are located between Hood River and Mt. Hood on Hwy 35. Don’t miss it if you are traveling near Hood River, Oregon.