Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Manipura Kitchen

With only two more NorthWest Crossing Farmers Markets for the season, you need to head on down to check out the goodness before it’s too late. One such “goodness” is Manipura Kitchen, a local Bend company founded in January of this year. Founder Anne Farnault grew up in France and going to the local market each week with her Mom is one of her favorite memories. After working at a Los Angeles Farmers Market for several seasons, Anne decided to fuse three of her passions – Ayurveda, Farmer’s Markets and cooking – to create a line of Infused Ghee.

In Ayurvedic Medicine “Ghee” (clarified butter) plays an important role in overall health and well-being because of its healing properties. Ghee is made by cooking butter to remove all milk solids and water. What is left after this process is: pure golden oil with a Royal flavored aroma. By infusing spices and herbs in the ghee, Anne takes it to the next level and creates a large palette of flavored healing ghee infusions.

There are several ways to use Manipura Kitchen’s products for healthy living. The company’s Ghee is a great cooking oil, and can also be added to soups, steamed vegetables, desserts, smoothies, even coffee or tea is adding a punch of flavors to your dishes. Ghee is paleo friendly, and does not require refrigeration.

In addition to her products, Anne offers Private Ayurvedic Cooking classes with a French flair for healthy living at your home. Her cooking addresses the needs of individuals who are vegetarian, non vegetarian, gluten free, soy free or dairy free.

 

Come to our final two Farmers Markets – September 10 and 17 from 10am-2pm. See you here!

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Adoboloco

Making things even hotter at this year’s Farmers Market is Adoboloco! This Oregon company was founded in 2011 and this is their first year spicing things up for us here in Bend. The company creates a wide variety of hot sauces which are based on the flavor of the pepper varietals used. This process is similar to fine wine or coffee – the way that Adoboloco grows and selects chili peppers from farmers can be likened to the way wineries select grapes. The seasonal and environmental influences affect the flavor, color and heat levels of the pepper, and they embrace and mention these differences on each bottle.

You can also be sure there is no funny business inside each bottle – all of Adoboloco’s hot sauces use only four ingredients and the sauce is naturally preseved. There aren’t any fillers, gums, oils or sugars in Adoboloco’s products. One of their sauces has five ingredients – the Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce – which has a “whole lot” of naturally sweet fresh Hawaiian Pineapple.

They said, “While on vacation visiting family here in Bend, we visited the market several times. We love how organized it is and the variety of high quality vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Kids Crit is Back!

Even if you’re not a cyclist, watching bike races is a fun spectator sport, and one many Central Oregonians turn out for in spades. We think watching is even better when it involves streamers, tricycles and a mad rush of little helmets and pedals. We’re excited to welcome back the NWX Kids Crit race this Saturday, August 13th from 10-11am. The race is designed in heats for kids from under three all the way to 11 years old, with four age groups and prizes for winners!

The race, which is part of the Central Oregon Pediatrics  Kids Day at the Farmers Market, is hosted by our own local Umpqua Bank. While the event itself is free, participants need to pre-register. It’s easy: fill out this form, and then drop it off at Umpqua Bank at 2755 NW Crossing Dr #113.

The best part? Umpqua will be giving out ice cream to all participants at the finish.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Pink Rakes Studio

If you are looking for something one-of-a-kind that will start a conversation, then first-time market vendor Pink Rakes Studio has it! Founded earlier this year by Stephanie Petershagen, Pink Rakes creates hand-built ceramics and sculpture that are sure to catch the eye.

From useful pieces like small plates, spoon rests and vases, to abstract masks and yard art, Pink Rakes pulls out all the stops. Creativity abounds in every piece! The best way to explain the items that you might see at the market from this vendor is to show you some photos. See below!

Stephanie said, “I like the location of the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market on Bend’s westside and all the good vibes from the visitors and other vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: MaileKai Creates, LLC

Founded in 2010, MaileKai Creates makes useful and fun works of art by up-cycling all those beautiful bottles in the world. The company takes discarded bottles and uses several processes to create items that can be used again and again.

Some of their pieces are slumped (melted in a kiln) to create one-of-a-kind gifts, spoon rests, soap or jewelry dishes, serving or hors d’oeuvres dishes and much more. Other bottles are carefully cut and sanded into drinking glasses, vases, or goblets, enabling customers to re-claim their favorite bottles and turn them into useful items.

This family business is run by Robert Clark (chief bottle cutter) and Elise Clark (chief bottle slumper), plus a bottle cleaning and sanding crew made up of four teenagers: Jodi, Kai, Sami, Alex. Most of the bottles MaileKai collects are from in and around Bend, from local bars and eateries, as well as from all those recycle bins that are curbside twice a month. The team scavenges for their favorites, and also have many customers collecting bottles for them to use, saving them from the landfill.

Elise says, “We love the NWX market because the combination of Farmers and Artists makes for an interesting mix of vendors. Great food, awesome music, and happy customers always makes for a fun day.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Zantana Designs

Back again to the market with their unique jewelry line made of fine finished dichroic glass and sterling silver, Zantana Designs pieces help wearers make a statement! In most of the company’s handcrafted pieces, the dichroic glass is multilayered giving it a sense of depth and revealing a variety of colors. Founded in 2002 by Berta Heisler and her husband Rex, Zantana Designs has been attending the market for the last three years.

Although they were busy developing some national gallery work in the past, this year, the couple plans to stay closer to home (their studio is near Smith Rock, providing plenty of beautiful inspiration).

Berta says, “We will do mostly local shows this year to stay in touch with our roots and the fine people of Central Oregon. We love the environment at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Precious Cargo Seafood

Seafood is the perfect fresh and tasty food for summer days in Oregon. Bend company, Precious Cargo Seafood is under new ownership this year – Dawn Mitchell is the new proprietor – and it will be her first year participating in the market.

Her seafood stock changes with the catch, and is updated regularly on her website (she also takes special orders). The company carries 100 percent wild caught seafood, so you can be sure you are purchasing your fish from a sustainable source. Many of her products are flash frozen at sea, which preserves the freshness of the fish. At this year’s market, she will not only be selling a selection of seafood, but also will have live crawdads, along with all the extras – Rik’s Rubs (local company), pasta, bread, batter mixes, marinades, BBQ supplies, planks and everything needed to create a seafood meal. A one-stop shop for a great dining experience!

Mitchell, who is a Central Oregon native, said, “I am really excited to be in the NW Crossing Farmers Market. I can’t wait to meet new people and just enjoy being outside having fun at work!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: The Scott Allen Company

The Scott Allen Company is back for the third year running at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market – but you might not recognize the name – the company was formerly known as RELIC Workshop. The same beautiful products will be available though – Allen designs and handcrafts modern industrial furniture, using reclaimed local materials whenever possible.

He says, “I think the thing that makes my work unique is the marrying of natural warm materials with linear modern industrial design. I employ sustainable business practices.”

The Scott Allen Company makes everything from tiny concrete planters to building custom tables and fixtures for restaurants (you can see his work at NorthWest Crossing’s Bend Pizza Kitchen). The company was founded 12 years ago in a Napa Valley garage, and moved to Bend three years ago. Business is good with double digit growth from 2014-2015.

Allen continued, “This will be my third year at NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. I love the market. It gets me out of the shop and into the community of like-minded artists, farmers, proprietors and the people that seek genuine hand grown and handmade things. There’s this wonderful camaraderie that naturally incubates. It allows me interface with my clients and talk about the process, the materials and the product in a way that is genuine. It puts a face on what it is I do and I think the passion comes through.”

His favorite thing about the market – its authenticity. Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Cascade Lavender

Celebrating 10 years in business this year, Cascade Lavender offers organic, local lavender made into an extensive range of products. The company sells everything lavender from 100 percent essential oil to bath and body products all the way to aromatherapy products and dried lavender. In addition, Cascade Lavender offers culinary lavender products, fresh lavender plants and bouquets.

This is the company’s third year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, and their farm is also open to the public during the summer.

They say, “We love everything about the market – the organizers, the other vendors, the great live music and, of course, the clientele.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday  through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Maragas Winery

Ground-breaking Central Oregon winery Maragas joins us at our Farmers Market for the first time this season, selling wines made and processed at their winery in Central Oregon. The winery also has two estate wines that are made with grapes grown at their Terrebonne area vineyard.

Owners Doug and Gina Maragas are looking forward to participating in the market. They said, “This market is well known for its great selection of vendors and the local-minded customers it attracts.  We are looking forward to bringing our wines to the local crowd in such a great location.  The atmosphere is fun and festive, seeming to be a perfect pair with our products.”

Doug Maragas learned wine making from his grandparents, who brought their winemaking over from Europe in 1941.  The company’s wines are made using all natural, old world proven techniques. That means no additives or chemistry, Doug just guides the grapes to express their magic in the finished wine.

Maragas Winery also capitalizes on the dry Central Oregon climate, which causes micro oxygenation (evaporation) to occur when in the barrel providing richer flavors.  Over the last 10 years, the company has experimented with many different grape varietals to determine what the Central Oregon region will grow.  They have found that their vineyard is great for Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gris & Meunier, Chardonnay and a few others.  Maragas Winery is just getting started with the terroir in Central Oregon and can’t wait to reveal the wines. Come check out what they can do at the market this summer!

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

**This is the first in a series of blog posts giving some insight into our vendors for the Farmers Market this summer. Less than two weeks until the season starts! 

 

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Northwest Crossing Community Garden: More than Just Plants

Last year, across 28 Oregon counties there were 3,323 active OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers. Here in Bend, we are lucky to have some of the best, including our own NorthWest Crossing Community Garden Master Gardeners. Not only have our Master Gardeners brought knowledge, patience and green thumbs to our garden plots, but they’ve helped ensure the continued success of this important community amenity. And growing food and plants is only part of the success.

 

In 2013, the OSU Master Gardeners were approached by teachers at the High Desert ESD Headstart Language Development Group which serves 3, 4 and 5 year old students who are learning English as a second language. The teachers wanted to give their students a garden tour and help educate them about gardening and plant growth.  The following year, the team planned ahead so that the students were able to plant their own beans and potaties, watch them grow harvest them in the fall.

 

Louise Gaston, OSU Master Gardener Volunteer, said, “This was a great language experience for these children. One boy had spoken almost no spontaneous English since beginning the class. While harvesting the potatoes, he used only English to talk about the potatoes he found. All the students went home with potatoes and beans for dinner.”

 

She continued, “We have already planned to continue this program. It is as much fun for the Master Gardeners as it is for the students!” The students planted their vegetables earlier this month and will come back in fall when school starts again to harvest.

 

This program with Headstart was highlighted in the OSU Master Gardeners Annual Report, and may even eventually be implemented in other areas.

 

Our community garden has every plot spoken for in 2016, but if you are interested in learning more please visit our garden page at: http://www.northwestcrossing.com/activities/community-garden/

 

 

 

 

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NorthWest Crossing Community Garden Opening Day

Have you heard? Our beloved garden is making the move to the new Discovery Park and will be holding an “opening day” on May 7 at 9:30am.  The garden plots will be available to Bend community members on a first come, first served basis.  The garden, which is managed by the OSU Extension Service’s Master Gardener program, features 51 raised beds with micro spray irrigation enclosed by an eight-foot tall wire fence.  It’s specific location is at the corner of NorthWest Crossing Drive and Discovery Park Drive, just west of the dog park.

Participation in the opening day is required for all gardeners, who are asked to bring gloves and tools to the meeting for weeding, plot preparation and clean-up.  Plots are available to all community members for an annual fee of $30 ($25 for senior citizens).  Interested parties will need to pay in cash or check and fill out a basic registration form. Row cover and soil thermometers will also be available for purchase at the launch event.

Garden assistants, who are all OSU Master Gardener volunteers from the Deschutes County OSU Extension Service, will provide information and mentoring to gardeners throughout the 2016 season.  This year, they have scheduled a number of monthly educational classes that are open to the general community as well as garden participants.  All classes will be held inside the NorthWest Crossing Community Garden from 9:30-11am with the exception of Open Garden on July 9.  More details on these events will be coming soon!

  • May 14: “Getting Started” with presentations on protection, amending soil and what to plant.
  • May 28: Growing vegetables in containers and gardening with children.
  • June 25: Composting, vermiculture and mason bee pollinators.
  • July 9: OPEN GARDEN 9am to Noon – Public invited to a tour of the gardens and short classes on succession planting and keeping your vegetable garden producing and special guests.
  • August 27: The gardening learning curve – common problems and lessons learned.
  • September 24: Selecting trees for the landscape and formative pruning.

For more information, go to northwestcrossing.com/amenities/Community_Garden/ or contact Tina Burnside ([email protected] 541.318.0426) or Kathy Geary ([email protected] 541.588.2424).

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Professional Builder Magazine Explores NorthWest Crossing’s Master Plan

Professional Builder magazine recently published a Q&A with NorthWest Crossing’s general manager David Ford. Under discussion? Our neighborhood’s unique build-out model – a vision for a community that was attractive, varied and welcoming.  From the article: “Typically, master planned communities are built out by a single builder or by a half-dozen companies that buy lots and put up their production-built homes. But West Bend Property Company, a partnership between Brooks Resources and Tennant Family Limited Partnership, used a different model, recruiting a guild of 25 home builders to buy lots through a lottery.”

Professional Builder magazine is published for the the nation’s home building community — builders, designers and trade partners. It was founded 75 years ago, and comes out on a monthly basis. Our article came out in their April issue and is also published online.

Check out the complete interview here >>

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Bend, Oregon Spring Festival April 8-10 in NorthWest Crossing

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
― E.E. Cummings

Viva, indeed! We’re doing spring right in NorthWest Crossing: April 8-10 for the NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival presented by The Source Weekly. We’re loving everything about this season of renewal in Central Oregon, and many of us are ready for the warmer weather to arrive. Others are glad for the late snow that promises some great spring riding on Mt. Bachelor. Whatever your feelings are about the weather, there is no doubt that spring is a time for new beginnings, love and…festivals.

The annual NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival is filled with activities for everyone to celebrate the season. The weekend kicks off with the popular Art and Wine Bop from 5-9pm on Friday, April 8 and the rest of the weekend is packed with free live music, great food and drink, and a showcase of the amazing art created right here in the region and beyond.  Everyone is invited to connect with their own artistic side for the much-anticipated sidewalk chalk art competition (sign up required). For kids, the COPA Kids Zone has arts and crafts, music, magic, dance, ponies and, of course, giant puppets. There are too many fun things to list! Click to see the full line-up!

We hope you’ll join us! Springtime is lovetime, and we’d love to celebrate with you.

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Five Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day in Bend, Oregon

The history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery. Thought to have its roots in a February-ish ancient Roman fertility ritual, the day as we know it is named after a Christian martyr named Valentine. Even experts don’t really know how the holiday became what it is today – a day of love, Hallmark cards, dinner dates and boxes of Sweetheart candies.

However it came into being, it is now a celebration of love from exchanges in Kindergarten classrooms to parents desperately searching for a babysitter so they can have a night out together. Since you’ve likely already missed the window for making a dinner reservation that starts before 10pm, we’ve rounded up five easy ways you can still make Valentine’s Day special in Central Oregon:

1. Stay home. Decorate your house with some sweet Valentine’s Day swag (check out the selection at our own Cutest Store Ever) and throw your own dinner party. You can pick up ready-made goodies at Tate and Tate and some fancy sweets at Little Bite Cafe, All Mixed-Up or The Sparrow Bakery. Wine from portello winecafe, and you’ve got a complete dinner and never even had to leave the neighborhood. If you have kids have them act as your maître d – they’ll have fun serving you.

2. Take a walk in the park. We have no shortage of parks and open spaces in NorthWest Crossing – and in Bend – and if this weather holds, it will be beautiful. And it is a good way to connect. A University of Minnesota article says: “According to a series of field studies conducted by Kuo and Coley at the Human-Environment Research Lab, time spent in nature connects us to each other and the larger world…. It appears as though nature inspires feelings that connect us to each other and our environment.” (You MAY want to take the walk on Saturday instead of Sunday as rain is in the forecast.)

3. Participate in a run. There are actually two runs taking place on Valentine’s Day – Central Oregon Running Klub’s Hot Chocolate Run with a start and end at *Larkspur Park* by the Bend Senior Center on Reed Market Rd. It’s free and you can even bring the canine love of your life. The Snow Wars Royal Runs will start at the Les Schwab Amphitheater Ticket Office and the trail will wind along the Old Mill District & Deschutes River, with a mixture of paved paths and groomed trails – and even few themed obstacle challenges.

4. Go to a live music performance. The Central Oregon Symphony Winter Concert Series happens to have a matinee performance on Valentine’s Day this year…so grab your love and go listen to commissioned pieces by Copland and Thomson and pieces by Liszt, Prokofiev and Wieniawski. High Desert Chamber Music’s Valentine’s Day concert is also a good option, performing pieces inspired by love and romance in downtown Bend.

5. Festival! The 2016 Oregon Winterfest will be in full swing on Valentine’s Day. The final day of the three-day festival, this is a massive celebration of winter with ice carving, the infamous Metal Mulisha, the K9 Flying dogs and much more. Pack up the family and spend the day with one another, loving on this beautiful season in Central Oregon.

So no matter how Valentine’s Day began, let’s celebrate it for what it is today – a time for love and enjoying each other!

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2015 Numbers Are In: NWX Fares Extremely Well

Our friends at Harcourts The Garner Group, our local NorthWest Crossing real estate office, recently gave us a roundup of sales numbers for the year. We’re pleased to tell you that NorthWest Crossing has fared extremely well when it comes to home values. As you can see from the chart below, not only have numbers risen since 2014, but average sale prices in our neighborhood remain nearly $200,000 above Bend area residential average sale prices overall.

 

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In fact, there were gains across the board for NorthWest Crossing. Listings and sales were up by double-digit margins – and these sales numbers (pulled from MLS) don’t even reflect the number of custom homes built in the neighborhood. If you’re already an owner in the neighborhood, your home is gaining in value.

If you’re looking to move here, don’t despair! West Bend Property Company and our Builders Guild continue to move forward with new development and new homes to help keep up with demand. A recent release of new homesites to our builders completely sold out (see our development update post), which means there will be more than 30 homes hitting the market soon, as well as another round opening up this summer.

Make Christmas Beautiful with Ease at NorthWest Crossing

The Christmas holiday is nearly upon us! If you are starting to feel stressed, then there are some solutions to make things easier for you – just down the street in our neighborhood center!

  • Hostess gifts: Going to a party and need a thoughtful hostess gift? There’s a wide selection of gifts for the home and more at The Cutest Store Ever. If you’re hosting a party, you can decorate your home to the nines with all of Laurie’s great ideas – just stop by and check out the shop!
  • Children’s gifts: If you’re like us, many of the kids in your life have so many “things” its hard to know what to get them. Experiences! Little Bite Cafe has kids’ cooking classes every season and even hosts parties – call or come in the cafe to find out more. (We’re pretty sure they have some holiday goodies going as well!)
  • Holiday dinner: Tate and Tate Catering has full holiday meals available. Here’s the catch – you need to order by today 12/21. Otherwise, stop by their shop at the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center for some ready-to-bake casseroles and other savory dishes to help you feed your holiday company with ease. They’re open until 3pm on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day.
  • Holiday desserts: The Sparrow Bakery is once again pulling out all the stops and creating some holiday masterpieces just for you. Special order Buche de Noel, apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies, and u-bake croissants now for pick up on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas everyone! Looks like we will be having a white one this year!

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NWX Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bend Oregon

We are looking forward to our annual tree lighting ceremony in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center. Will this be the year the weather cooperates? From sub-zero temps to freezing rain, we’ve lighted our big tree each year and stayed warm at heart with our friends and neighbors (and Santa, of course). This Thursday will be no different as the big guy is joined by the Bend Fire Department to switch on the sparkling lights – all to the sound of holiday music sung by the Summit High Jazz Choir. Kids can explore the ladder truck while sipping on free hot cocoa.

Once again, we are sharing the spirit of the season by supporting Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express, which distributes food to needy families throughout the city. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation and you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several NorthWest Crossing Gift Baskets stuffed with merchandise and gift certificates from NorthWest Crossing businesses.

Join us THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 5:45 pm. You won’t miss the big truck right by All Mixed-Up and Little Bite Cafe.

Thank you to High Lakes Health Care for their sponsorship of this fun family event! Happy holidays everyone!

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Halloween in Bend, Oregon: Spooky Fun for Kids, Adults, Athletes

There’s something about Halloween…kids love the opportunity to “be someone (something?) else” for a day and, let’s face it, we adults do too. Picking out the costume, creating it, being a little bit spooked and getting lots of fun-size candy equals many things to love about this holiday. In Bend, Oregon, the natives get creative: there are so many ways to celebrate tomorrow!

  • NorthWest Crossing is a favorite haunt for classic trick-or-treating fun. Our welcoming front porches, wide sidewalks and friendly neighbors make for the perfect place to gather up some loot. We’re pretty sure our residents are busy stocking up on goods to meet the needs of all their ghoulish visitors Saturday night! (Please be careful when driving through the community tomorrow as there will likely be many little ghosts running about.)
  • To get in on some action a little earlier in the day, head on down to the Old Mill District. They are hosting their annual Halloween Party, and all the shops will have treats for the kiddies. They will also host hay rides and Halloween arts and crafts.
  • If you’re interested in getting a little exercise in before the candy coma, check out the Monster Dash at Highland Elementary. There will be a 5K, 10K and Little Monster’s Mile and proceeds benefit Younity – an organization that works to prevent bullying. Cyclists be sure to check out the Deschutes Brewery Halloween Thudercross cyclocross race on the main brewery grounds. The costumes alone are worth the trip.
  • Because Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, there’s a huge selection of scary nighttime activities for brave adults. From the spectacular Deschutes Brewery Warehouse Party (Mad Max theme this year) to live music at McMenamins Halloween Night celebration and from the classic fun of a live performance of the Rocky Horror  Show to a dance party downtown at the Astro Lounge.

So whether you’re hanging out with your little goblins and monsters, or you are able to take an evening on the town, there’s plenty to keep you breathless this Halloween in Bend, Oregon. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Farmers Market Profile: DD Ranch

If you’re a local, you may best know DD Ranch  in Terrebonne, as a great place for a day of family fun.  The Ranch has a Kids Corral, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Sand Box, DD Dirt Express, Nature Walks, U-pick Flowers, U-Dig Potatoes and seasonally, a  Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Lane with Santa.  Schools & Moms groups participate in Spring and Fall Field Trips and Birthday Parties.  The Country Market features home décor by local vendors along with meat, eggs, raw local honey and seasonal produce.

DD Ranch brings part of the fun to the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market each Saturday, where they bring out the Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.  In addition, they offer their 100% grass-fed and finished beef —no hormones, no chemicals, steroids and no grain—and pastured, Heritage Breed pork,  raw local honey and delicious eggs. DD Ranch’s free-range, grass fed beef is some of the best meat in the world! During the growing season, they also bring vegetables, i.e. rhubarb, corn, potatoes out.

“We’ve been participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for many years,” they said. “We enjoy the priceless expressions on the children’s faces when they interact with animals that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with.  It also gives us the chance to educate the adults regarding the advantages of eating healthy rather than processed foods.  Overall, it is a great place to have fun and teach families about healthy eating and animals at the same time.”

When Mike and Diann Duggan purchased the ranch back in the late 80s, they wanted to create a place for families to bring their children and learn about ranch life and animals. They extend this mission at the Farmers Market!

They continued, “We encourage you to support your local farmers and ranchers offering healthy and safe produce and meat alternatives for your family.”

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Farmers Market Profile: Humm Kombucha

Bend, Oregon based Humm Kombucha takes pride in making the best tasting kombucha on the planet – without sacrificing any of the nutritional benefits. From the early days brewing in the kitchen; to the company’s newest automated brewery, the focus remains on Humm Kombucha values of Optimism, Healthy Business, Partnership and Quality.

Humm Kombucha is created from lots of love and the highest-grade organic ingredients, making it nature’s perfect energy source.  Each bottle is loaded with antioxidants, probiotics and B vitamins.

 

They say, “We have participated in the the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market since our beginning as Kombucha Mama and have some very fond memories associated with it! We absolutely love this market and all the new and familiar faces we get to see each weekend! The music, the people, and the uniquely wonderful products really make this farmer’s market amazing!”

 

Humm Kombucha was founded by Danek and Michelle Mitchell in Bend, Ore., six years ago as Kombucha Mama, Humm Kombucha rebranded in 2014 in anticipation of rapid expansion. In addition to the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, Humm can be found in grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores in bottles and on tap throughout the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Arizona, California and Nevada, with further expansion ongoing.

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Farmers Market Profile: Thai on the Fly

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Pimonpan Bentz (Maam), owner of Thai on the Fly, grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. The creations of Maam have originated from her experiences in her family’s restaurants with four generations of chefs. This brings a lot of tradition to her recipes, which have been passed down through the family for a thousand years. She said, “Thai people are proud to have eating and cooking as a very important part of our life. That is what has made Thai food world famous for its extraordinary blend of spices and unique balance of flavors.”

Most days you will find the Thai on the Fly cart in downtown Bend tucked behind Sportsvision on the corner of Bond and Oregon streets. On Saturday, you’ll find this mobile authentic Thai cuisine at our very own Farmers Market!

Maam says, “The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market has been a wonderful experience for us. We started last year and are so happy to join again. Great music and a wonderful community feeling makes for the perfect venue for some flavorful Thai food. And we can do some shopping at some of the other great vendors at the same time.”

Farmers Market Profile: Waldorf School of Bend

Each year, the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market hosts some community organizations and The Waldorf School of Bend is one of them.

The Waldorf School of Bend (WSB) serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, centered on the arts and humanities. The school’s community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. WSB’s shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. They believe these values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

Erin Hansen, board member for the school, said, “We’ve participated at the NWX Farmer’s Market for the past two years and has loved being part of these events!  It is a great environment to meet new people and see old friends.  The diverse offerings at this market bring those who are looking for home grown, grass- roots, all that is fabulous about Bend products and services.”

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Farmers Market Profile: Holm Made Toffee

Holm Made Toffee is a small, family-run business in Bend, Oregon, which was started by Donna Holm as a hobby once she retired from teaching in 2007. She had been making toffee for decades and it always got rave reviews. Fairly soon, it became a family affair and the company has grown slowly but surely through word-of-mouth and participation in numerous markets and events across the state. You can also find their toffees in 40+ stores in the Pacific NW. While Donna still produces all the batches by hand, her daughter-in-law Randi runs the sales, marketing and events. (They are often joined by her other children and grandchildren who like to help!)

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Every bag of Holm Made Toffee is a work of art. Donna’s been making toffee from her recipe for more than 25 years and it is so good, there’s no need to change it for generations to come! She puts in a combination of Oregon grown hazelnuts, semi-sweet chocolate, butter and sugar for a magical, delightful and sweet result.

Randi said, “This is our fifth summer in a row participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. We LOVE this market because we get to meet lots of new faces each week – as well as see familiar ones. It is a great connection for us with our ‘fans’ and we love hearing stories from our customers on why they are purchasing our candy and where it gets to travel!”

You can find out more at www.holmmadetoffee.com.

 


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Farmers Market Profile: Fearless Baking

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The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is happy to welcome back the wholesome goodness from Fearless Baking!  Since opening their doors in 2013, Fearless Baking has been making simple, scratch made pastries. From the moment they begin baking in the early hours of the morning for the company’s wholesale accounts to preparing breakfast, lunch & coffee for individual customers, they are proud to do so fearlessly! The company specializes in both gluten free and traditional pastries, and even makes beautiful custom wedding cakes.

This year is Fearless Baking’s third time participating in the NWX Farmers Market and their whole staff is excited to particpate again. Owners Elise Kukulka and Abby Jensen say, “The farmers markets are a great way for us Fearless Bakers to talk with our customers, share samples and gather farm fresh produce for the week. The NWX Market is a wonderful community of vendors, artisans and farmers whom we look to for sourcing local, fresh ingredients for our bakery; From the flowers in our shop, to trading gluten free flour tips, fresh raspberries or marionberries for scones and vegetables for our lunch options.”

You can look for Fearless Baking’s crowd favorites including Herbed Focaccia Bread, Gluten Free English Muffins, Cookies, New York Style Bagels, Tarts and fresh morning pastries at this year’s market – and more!

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Farmers Market Profile: Justy’s Jellies

More than 15 years ago, Justy Haney of Justy’s Jellies bought the rights to some extraordinary jelly that was being sold in a restaurant where she worked. When the restaurant closed, she wanted the jellies to live on and her company was born. Starting with the original two recipes – Pineapple Jalapeno Jelly, and Pineapple Roasted Garlic Jelly – , Justy has expanded the line with new flavors that she has created herself. Best seller Very Berry Jalapeno is joined in the lineup by hotter jellies like Pineapple Habanero, Very Berry Habanero and Tropical Heat. Sweeter versions feature flavors like Vanilla Peach, Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita and her favorite the Tropical Fruit.

The unique flavors make these locally made jellies standout from other – they are all fruit based with several surprising ingredients in them. She focuses on the use of Oregon fruits, and buys her peppers during the growing season from a local farm. Justy handmakes and handpours each batch of jelly.

Justy has been participating on and off in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for the past four years. She says, “I like the vibe of the market.”

 

 

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Farmers Market Profile: Tumalo Lavender

More than just aromatic cut fresh lavender, Tumalo Lavender offers fine handcrafted lavender soaps, luscious lavender lotions, lavender-infused jams, jelly and honey and much more! At their farm, they even offer a refreshing, unique Lavender Lemonade.

Owners Gordon and Judy Knight have been participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmer’s Market since the beginning. They said, “We have experienced the growth of the market and the enthusiasm of the people who attend. We love seeing the old and new interest in our products. The NorthWest Crossing market offers a festive atmosphere with their unique music and vendors each season.”

Tumalo Lavender was founded in 2006 with the planting of the company’s first 1000 lavender plants. Today, they have more than 9000 lavender plants in the field along with three cold frames and a green house where they provide specialty propagation and grow over 20,000 plants for growers each year. They offer wholesale and retail lavender plants, organic certified lavender oil and hydrosol. In addition, they offer year-round field consultation for upstart businesses and distill their own essential oils and hydrosol as well as custom distillation for local growers.

 

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Farmers Market Profile: MaileKai Creations

MaileKai Creations is back at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for the third year in a row, selling their beautiful and creative upcycled glass bottles of all shapes and sizes. The company melts or slumps the bottles into useful shapes, such as spoon rests; dishes to hold chips or dip, crackers, olives, nuts, candy, or even toothpicks; catch-alls to hold business cards, loose change, jewelry, makeup, keys, or other small household items.

This local company is an extended family enterprise, with owners and their children involved in creating these works of art:

  • Elise Clark—bottle Slumper and Sales
  • Robert Clark—bottle Cutter, Photographer & Website Design
  • Dart Eastwood—Director of Operations (aka: dumpster diver for bottles, and Sales)
  • 4 kids—2 Clarks, 2 Eastwoods—bottle washers and cut bottle sanders

 

By heating and molding glass bottles into fun and useful shapes, MaileKai creates artistic and useful upcycled items. Accent colors are added to create products that will match your favorite colors. Most of the bottles are recycled items, scavenged from recycle bins and various drink and eatery establishments in and around our beautiful Bend, Oregon. In addition, the company has many contributions from faithful customers who save their unique bottles just for them.

 

In addition to the main slumped bottle line, MaileKai Creations does some ceramics with melted glass inside. This year, they are debuting cut bottles which are made into drinking glasses or vases. This is another terrific way to upcycle all those cool bottles in the world, and the company is having great fun with it. Come check them out!

 

 

Owner Elise Clark said, ” NorthWest Crossing’s market is fun because first and foremost, it is a Farmers market, and the community comes out to get their produce. I love this—and I get my produce there as well! After customers have their produce, they like to shop for unique items, artwork, and creative upcycled products, like our slumped & cut bottles. The people are fun, the music is great, and the whole atmosphere is really terrific.”

 

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Farmers Market Profile: Little Pinkiss

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Little Pinkiss is a brand-new vendor at our Saturday Bend, Oregon Farmers Market. We’re so excited to welcome owners Ivy Schnepp and Christina Capri, who founded this unique company just a few months ago. Little Pinkiss  creates one-of-a-kind children’s accessories for kids who like to have fun with their style! Think fashionably sweet hair accessories to fun, printed scarves, tote bags and jewelry.

The company was born out of “love and necessity” when Ivy’s daughter was born with no hair and didn’t grow her wild and curly mane until she was about 2 years old. To tame her wild curls, her mom started out making hair accessories that would do the job.   Collaborating with long time friend, Christina Capri, the Little Pinkiss scarf line was born in 2015.  The owners are also debuting a jewelry line for both boys and girls at the Farmers Market.

Not only will your little ones look fantastic sporting these stylish accessories, but you can feel good that every item from Little Pinkiss is handmade in Bend, Oregon. Even though the items are intended for children, they are perfect for anyone who is young at heart!

Ivy and Christina said, “We are excited to be at the NWX Market this year! We are looking forward to building a community presence, as well as meeting people attending the market and other vendors.”

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Top 50 Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.

WTRCover_leftThis month’s issue of Where to Retire Magazine hit newstands yesterday with a cover article that included our very own NorthWest Crossing! That’s right, our neighborhood is among the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States – we were the only community in the entire Pacific Northwest to be included on the list.  This biannual ranking was a result of a nine-month selection process during which a team of editors reviewed hundreds of neighborhoods across the country. NorthWest Crossing, along with the other communities on this year’s list, were selected due to its offering of a well-rounded, active lifestyle, along with their positive impact on the health of the towns and cities in which they are located.

The article lauds NorthWest Crossing’s tree-lined streets and large amount of parks and open spaces, along with the convenience of its mixed-use retail center. Residents interviewed for the article cited the neighborhood’s popular Farmers Market and easy access to outdoor recreation as some of their favorite aspects. What do you love most about NorthWest Crossing?

 

Farmers Market Profile: RainboWire Jewelry

It’s that time of year again! We will be featuring our Saturday Farmers Market Vendors on our blog regularly throughout the season. The market starts this Saturday 6/20 at 10am. First up for our vendor profiles is RainboWire Jewelry!

This is local long-time artist Diane Schoenstein’s first time participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market with her colorful, creative, one-of-a-kind copper wire jewelry accessories. Her pieces include distinctive necklace sets, many varieties of earrings, and whimsical figure pins.

Since childhood, Diane  has wanted to be an artist, which led her to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts while she developed her love for the elements of design. She began creating colored copper wire jewelry in the early 2000s and formed RainboWire Jewelry in 2004. Her work has been exhibited at craft shows, retail shops and galleries over the last several years.

She said, “RainboWire Jewelry is my inventive outlet which I deeply enjoy sharing with others who appreciate my endeavors! I’m very excited about meeting new people at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market and sharing what I have to offer with others in Bend.”

RainboWire’s necklace line features unique, stunning Wire Crochet sets, plus Designer and Western styles – including Oregon necklaces highlighted with a hand-knapped Mahogany Obsidian “arrowhead” from Glass Butte near Bend. Diane also creates eight types of earrings and whimsical wire figure pins (expressed in single figures to quad), which make excellent gifts and generate smiles wherever they go.

Diane designs everything in a smoke-free, pet-free environment utilizing nickel-free, tarnish-resistant copper wire in an array of colors and bead assortments with all ear wires either Sterling Silver or Gold-filled.  She says, “Gifting or adorning yourself is easy and exciting…..whether casual or formal because I blend love and ingenuity into my pieces so you can feel distinctive wearing them or giving them as gifts to the special people in your life!”

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