Summer in Central Oregon is amazing between the weather, outdoor sports, scenery, and produce! During the summer season, pick your own sun-ripened blueberries just outside of Vida, Oregon at McKenzie River Farm is a farm-to-fork (or fingers to mouth) experience not to be missed.
My family and I picked 25 pounds of blueberries (@ $2.25/lb - Wow!) on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Plus, the farm is a perfect place for a picnic so we packed sandwiches, fresh veggies, and lots of water into a cooler and brought it out to a picnic table shaded by a big beautiful tree. The farm was only about a two hour drive outside of Bend through lush green forests and passing by lakes and rivers along the way. The retail and produce shop sells homemade blueberry sauces, jams, and even blueberry popsicles though with a chef in the family, we decided to make our own.
I also heard that the very modest looking Vida Cafe, just a mile or so from the farm, has some of the best homemade pies (fresh or frozen), that are worth a visit on the way back home.