The Observer

Family of Five creates home-grown produce

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Farm Map

Driving directions highlights

From the first bright-green spring grass on the valley foothills until brilliant fall leaves abound, the Cove-Union Farm Loop is a perfect way to enjoy some of the abundant farms and ranches that are the heart and soul of the Grande Ronde Valley. Dozens of farmers, ranchers, and gardeners and both communities have a rich history connected to agriculture. This self-guided tour includes portions of the Grande Tour Scenic Route and Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway.

Starting in Island City, Oregon, at the junction of State Highways 82/237, proceed on Highway 82, crossing the Grande Ronde River and railroad tracks. Continue on Highway 82 toward Imbler and Elgin for about 5 miles and turn right onto Market Lane, at the mint field. Mint grown here is distilled to oil, which is used to flavor mouthwash, chewing gum, toothpaste, pharmaceuticals, and confectionery and aromatherapy products. Watch for roadside signs, identifying crops growing in the adjacent fields. Market Lane becomes Lower Cove Road. Follow Lower Cove Road to Cove, watching for farm stops and points of interest.