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Published on August 7, 2018 12:43PM

Proud peacock shows his feathers at Starshine Farm  • Photo by Barbara B. Covell

Proud peacock shows his feathers at Starshine Farm • Photo by Barbara B. Covell

The farms and ranches of the Yachats River Valley will invite guests to sample the joys of rural living this Saturday, Aug. 11, with local produce, meats, baked goods and live music.

This year’s Yachats River Valley Farm Tour features six farms, each showcasing a different attraction, most with local produce or beef for sale.

The first two, Seeds of Oregon and K&R Beef, near milepost one, will offer vegetables, plants, grass-fed beef and eggs for sale. Next is Forks Farm at the T-intersection near milepost seven, offering organic fruits, blueberries, cut flowers, jams and produce. They are also florists and accept orders for floral arrangements for weddings and other celebrations.

A right turn at the intersection will take guests along the south fork of the Yachats River to Starshine Farm, which offers the chance to visit with llamas, alpacas and peacocks. A little farther down the road is River Wind Farm, which will be taking orders for next year’s grass-fed beef, as well as offering fruit and home-grown produce for sale.

The next stop is Yaquina Nursery, which features cacti and succulents from all over the world

Last up is The Ranch, just beyond milepost 10. Nancy Kromer’s Ranch rests in a serene meadow setting with barn, pond, river, shade trees, picnic tables, for visitors to enjoy. A wide variety of livestock — including horses, cows, chickens and geese — wander through the pastures. Free virgin mint juleps will be available, along with you-pick organic blueberries, blackberries, summer apples, home-baked goods and jams for sale.

This farthest stop will also feature live music from the Oregon Coast Recorder Society. From 10:30 am to noon the group will perform pieces spanning the pre-Baroque period to modern times and will include a sing-along or two.

The Yachats River Valley Farm Tour will run from 10 am to 4 pm. To get to the Yachats River Road, turn off Highway 101 just south of Yachats near the north bank of the Yachats River. Admission to all venues is free and parking is readily available.

For more information, contact Catherine Lucido at 541-547-4461.

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