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Around the valley | May '16

Owner/Cook Kyle Chriestenson from The Diner prepares a few sandwiches for patrons at season's first McMinnville Farmer's Market. // by Marcus Larson

Season of markets

There's no shortage of local produce and other craft foods for sale at local farmers markets in the valley, including the all-new Yamhill Farmers Market.

Located at 185 S Maple St. in Yamhill, the market opened May 7. It will run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. More information here.

Other markets to check out include:

 Carlton Farmers Market; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Carlton Corners, 150 N Yamhill St.; more info here.

 Dundee Farmers Market; Sundays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., through early October; Highway 99W and 7th St.

 Farmers Market at the Grange; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., year-round; 1700 SW Old Sheridan Road, McMinnville; more info here.

 Granary Marketplace; Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., year-round; 740 NE Alpine Ave., McMinnville; more info here.

 McMinnville Downtown Farmers Market; Thursdays 1 - 6 p.m. through October 13; Cowls St. between 3rd and 4th streets; more info here.

 Newberg Farmers Market; Wednesdays 1:30 - 6 p.m., through September 28; Newberg Cultural District Pavilion, E. 1st and S. Howard streets; more info here.

 Willamina Farmers Market; Sundays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., starting July 10; West Valley Community Center, 266 SE Washington St.; more info here.

Yamhill's tasting room

The city of Yamhill has its first wine and beer tasting room in Oregon Vines, opened in April by Kat Kellogg. Housed in a small farmhouse at the corner of Highway 47 and Maple Street, the shop features rotating beer and wine flights to taste on site, along with glass sales for on site consumption, bottles and growlers to take home.

“Oregon Vines is a unique tasting room and community gathering place promoting the culture and heritage of the Oregon beer and wine industries,” Kellogg said. “Our purpose is to educate guests about the unique aspects of Oregon’s AVAs and to celebrate the state’s historic tradition of craft beer and wine.”

The "small taste of Oregon" also features numerous locally produced craft food items and gifts for sale.

The back patio is perfect for gatherings and events, including live music trivia nights and pop up art shows. To view upcoming events or read more about the shop, click here.

Social goods and wine lockers

Social Goods Market recently opened in downtown Newberg, 500 E 1st Street, offering local and specialty goods, with the unique twist that the products come from companies that have some socially conscious mission as part of their business plan. An adjoining business, Newberg Wine Lockers, is modeled after Portland's Willamette Wine Storage. The Lockers have storage, a member tasting room, a reference library and more. Click here for information on both businesses.

BOYC tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for Bounty of Yamhill County 2016.

The annual event is Friday to Sunday, Aug. 26 to 28. Now in its sixth year, Bounty of Yamhill County is the major annual fundraiser for the Yamhill Enrichment Society. The wine and food festival is YES’ largest fundraiser and provides funds for efforts such as the Early Childhood Literacy Program.

Several activities have been added this year, including hiking, yoga, hot-air ballooning and horseback riding. The evening events are:

Friday — Winemaker Grill & Chill: Dinners to be served at Remy Wines in McMinnville with Valley Commissary and Anam Cara Vineyard in Newberg with Ruddick/Wood. Saturday -— Winemaker's Dinners: Dinner is served between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Winderlea Estate in Dundee with Dundee Bistro and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in Newberg.

Sunday — Big Night: The weekend concludes with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Sokol Blosser Winery outside Dayton, with dozens of participating local restaurants, vintners and more.

For tickets, call 503-883-9654 or email More information is available here.

Carlton open late on Fridays

The Friday Night Flights series in Carlton celebrated the opening of its sixth series on May 20. Town merchants, restaurants and tasting rooms stay open until 7 p.m. and many offer special offers and discounts. The event series runs through September 2. Click here for more info.

More ways to tour wine country

Myriad services are available to make sure your party can enjoy wine country without worrying about designated drivers, including local businesses The-Trolly and Wheels-N-Time.

New to the Yamhill Valley is Main Street Drivers, a New York-based company that keeps costs down by using your car. The company has a collection of background-checked designated drivers who will chauffeur you from winery to winery in the comfort of your own car at $35 an hour on weekdays and $40 an hour on weekends, plus gratuity. Click here for booking information.

Lunch series in the Dundee Hills

Winderlea Estate is hosting a unique 10-week lunch series this summer most Fridays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. from July 8 through September.

Each week, a guest chef prepares lunch to be paired with current Winderlea releases along with a featured library wine. The events are $60 per person, all-inclusive. To reserve a seat call 503-554-5900 or email Lineup or guest chefs and more info at

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