Wine Down Ranch welcomes the Crooked River Open Pastures (C.R.O.P) farm tour to the McKay Creek Valley, north of Prineville, on Saturday, August 15th. As part of the C.R.O.P. alliance, Wine Down joins ten other Crook County farms and community members who are hosting free farm tours and a rotating farmers market from May through September.
During Saturday's C.R.O.P event, Wine Down Ranch will offer a "Timber to Table" tour, led by owner and professional Forester, Roy Beyer. During the 90-minute tour, Roy will explain the sustainable logging practices he uses on the 2,100 acre ranch. Participants will visit timber stands in various stages of harvest. Featured demonstrations take you through the harvest process, from falling a standing tree to cutting logs into boards on a portable saw mill, into finished furniture. Local artisan Matt Vaughn will be displaying and selling his furniture made from central Oregon wood, and available to speak about his process.
Forestry tours will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m, and include a ride into the active timber stand, lasting approximately 90 minutes. Ranch guests can also partake in activities such as practicing their roping skills, competing a friendly game of horseshoes or hiking in the hills. For the youngest guests, there will be face painting and horse visits in the barn.
Enjoy scenic views and fresh country air as you stroll through the local Farmer's Market. Choose from a variety of locally sourced products from CROP farmers, including all-natural meats, cheese, fresh produce and eggs to artisan furniture gift items and crafts for all ages. Local farmers and artists scheduled to appear include: Creative Designs, Flying Pig Hops, Smudgie Goose Farm, Dancing Cow Farm, Windy Acres Dairy, Bluestone Gardens, Wine Down Ranch, and Cada Dia Cheese.