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Hood River Valley, Hood River, OR

Hood River Valley, Hood River, OR

The Hood River County Fruit Loop was organized in 1992, soon stemming into a collection of independently run agricultural facilities including wineries, orchards, farms and related businesses. Its mission is to promote sustainable agricultural diversity in Hood River County through the promotion of the products of Fruit Loop members. Through on-farm sales, organized retail opportunities, marketing and public relations campaigns, and educational forums the Fruit Loop creates public awareness of its practices, visions, and constituents. The organization strives to ensure the preservation of Hood River County's rich agricultural heritage for generations to come.

The Fruit Loop concept was developed and promoted by Kaye White, owner of River Bend Farm & Country Store of Apple Hill, which is located approximately an hour from Sacramento, CA. White along with Thom Nelson of the Hood River Grower & Shipper Association wrote an Ag Development grant that was used to fund both the first local Hood River Farmers Market and the first Fruit Loop map. Subsequent grant funding of the Fruit Loop was provided by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce Visitor Council.

In 1995, White organized the Fruit Loop's first ag-oriented event called Gravenstein Apple Days. At the time the first Gravenstein Apple Days event began, many Hood River farms were pulling up their Gravenstein apple trees due to a lack of market. Since then, many farms have replanted their trees and are once again benefiting from the demand created by the event.

Due to the immediate success of the first Gravenstein Apple Days, the Fruit Loop added a second event in July called Cherry Days. This event was also immediately successful, so over time, two additional events were added, one in September for pears and another in October for apples.

The Fruit Loop now blossoms with unique and natural lure, showcasing the land's most scenic paths as it guides it visitors along lazy rolling hills, past rustic farmhouses, across acres of fruit trees and vineyards, and in and around waterfalls, forests, and mountains.

Information adapted from the Fruit Loop website

Last updated: 12/16/2010    |     Copyright © 2010 Caitlin O'Brien    |     cnobrien@stthomas.edu