Hi my friends,
Just the cute name, the Fruit Loop was enough to make us be tempted to drive this scenic byway. Which I have to tell you that as we drove the heavily forested road it was hard for us to imagine that soon we would come upon orchards.
But it did not disappoint. The first stop we bought Rainier cherries and they were delicious. The 2nd stop included a bakery full of homemade goodies. We bought a couple things to share. The huckleberry scone did not have much flavor, but the Bing cherry white chocolate chip cookie, now that was yummy!
Our 4th stop was one of our favorites. Look at how cute the Cody fruit market was. There is not a lot of fruit available yet, mostly berries and apricots, but she also sold antiques.
Notice that the ‘fab four’ has now become the ‘fun five’? That’s because the owner, Donna Cody was just one of those kind of gals that became your instant friend. She has the cutest bubbly personality. We all would have loved to bring her home with us. And no, not because she is an antique even though she looks great for 76. (This is an inside joke, and she is not really that old). It’s one that we will have to tell our friends back home. They will laugh till their sides ache!
By the way, she was featured in the June issue of Marsha Stewart. Look her up if you have a copy.
The Hood River Lavender Farm was another of our favorites. When we drove up to this it was like driving into heaven.
She had different varieties of lavender. Some were not as showy as others, but growing all together it was quite breath taking.
There were so many beautiful perennials surrounding the lavender.
Notice the white lavender right before the daisies? I had not seen white before.
Sitting under her pergola.
She had lots of vines and Clematis’s growing on it, but I loved the color of this little perennial Sweet Pea.
There was a cute little out building where she sold her lavender items.
Joyce bought lotion and oil while the rest of us paid $5 to pick a bundle.
Sweet smelling lavender to take home with us.
Afterwards we ate overlooking the Columbia River and drove over the bridge into Washington. A lady at Donna’s fruit market told us about a fun antique store in Bingen. I will show all of my treasures in a post after I get home.
Quote of the day: An apple a day saves a farm!