High Desert Educational Agricultural Tours (EATs)

Themed visits to Jefferson County farms and farm businesses

EATs is a series of farm tours held during the summer months throughout Jefferson County. Each event features tours at three to five farms. Participants learn about a variety of agricultural productions from a diverse and dedicated group of farmers and community members. With support from HDFFA, farm and agriculture business leaders in Jefferson County develop the themes, engage participants, and organize the tours.

2017 Tour Information

Time: 9am-1pm | Cost: $10 | RSVP Required

May 13 – Flowers, Herbs, & Veggies North County

Visit three unique greenhouse and gardening operations growing a variety of delicious vegetables, beautiful flowers and baskets, and a large variety of landscape and garden plants for your high desert garden or yard. You will sample earthly treats and be able to purchase fresh produce and plants.

May 27 – Farm to Flask

Tour a family farm growing rye for New Basin Distilling. Learn about sustainable soil and water use on the farm, seeds and pollination. Finish the tour with a delightful tasting tour of New Basin Distilling in Madras: gin, vodka and whiskey and famous Madras Mule cocktails.

June 3 – Flowers, Herbs, & Veggies South County

With so many unique farms to show off, we had to split this tour in two parts! You will get an up close look at a biodynamic mixed vegetable farm and and tour a family run at a vertically integrated lavender farm. All these farms offer innovative production methods and amazing views to accompany fresh product purchases.

June 10 – Spring to Sprouts, Coalition for the Deschutes Bonus Collaboration Tour

Robust river, vibrant agriculture, healthy community. This tour will follow the flow of the Deschutes River from La Pine State Park to Jefferson County farms, learning about the variety of sustainable water use along the way. A picnic lunch stop at a local farm and bus transportation included.

June 17 – Beer and Beef

Ever wonder how barley is turned into beer? Taste the process at Mecca Grade Estate Malt, a modern malting facility on a historic, 7th generation family farm growing barley and malting it for the brewing industry. Enjoy a light lunch with locally raised beef after touring Symon’s Beef – a family farm raising cattle, all the feed for the cattle operation and custom processing the meat.

EATs in the news

1859 Magazine, May
Video on KTVZ, June

FREE shuttle service provided,
Meet at Madras Saturday Market
(except for Spring to Sprout Tour which leaves from Bend)

Thank you


  • ODA Specialty Crop Block Grant
  • OSU Extension
  • Jefferson County Seed Growers Association
  • Symons Beef Company

2017 Tour Gallery

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