Photo courtesy of: Amanda Long Photography
The High Desert Food Trail, created by the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance in collaboration with Travel Oregon, Visit Central Oregon, and Oregon Food Trails, is a self-guided tour of Central Oregon’s farms, restaurants, cafés, breweries, distilleries, and markets.
This summer, the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance teamed up with Bend Electric Bikes, a bike shop based in Bend that sells and rents E-Bikes, to curate three bike routes that feature stops on the High Desert Food Trail. Using the app Ride with GPS, locals and visitors alike can now follow bike-friendly routes that take you to restaurants, breweries, food carts, and farmers markets in Bend, Sisters, and Redmond.
You can find these routes on our website or using the QR codes below. Rent an E-Bike from Bend Electric Bicycles or take your own favorite mode of non-vehicular transport and experience Central Oregon’s local food scene while spending time outside.
The Redmond bike route is 1.7 miles total and takes riders through downtown Redmond from Arome Kitchen, a wine and tea bar that offers bulk spices and oils, to Feast Food Company, a food truck with a locally-sourced menu. From Feast, you can bike to Initiative Brewing for an afternoon pint of world-class craft beer or shorten the route by heading straight to the SCP Redmond Hotel. On Thursdays from 4-7pm, you can bike from anywhere in downtown Redmond to the Redmond Farmers Market to enjoy live music, support local farmers, bakers, and artisans, and visit HDFFA’s booth.
In Sisters, the bike route is 2.7 miles total and takes you from Sisters Coffee Company to Sisters Meat and Smokehouse, an artisanal butchery and eatery serving sandwiches. Next you can visit Boone Dog Pizza, a mobile wood-fired kitchen serving wood-fired pizzas with locally-sourced ingredients. Then head to The Stand, a farm stand owned and operated by Mahonia Gardens, a farm only a few blocks away that stocks the shelves with local vegetables and eggs. Finally, you can visit Seed to Table, a non-profit that operates an educational and functional farm. You can call ahead to inquire about visiting Seed to Table or just take a peak from behind the fence at the vegetables growing on their bountiful 3.5 acre farm.
The Bend route takes you on a 3.2 mile adventure from Bend Electric Bikes to Jackson’s Corner, a brunch spot that sources ingredients from local farms and producers. From Jackson’s Corner, you can follow the route to the Ale Apothecary, Bend’s only sour brewery, to Ten Barrel Brewing Company, a local brewpub with a locally-sourced menu. From Ten Barrel, you can visit the Bend Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm. Finally, you can end your ride with a visit to the Crater Lake Spirits Tasting Room in downtown Bend to enjoy a mini cocktail before returning your E-Bike to Bend Electric Bikes.
Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors and your local food scene this summer!