Albany – summertime farm visits
One of Albany’s agricultural gems, Midway Farms, is a bucolic organic farm and roadside stand on Hwy 20. As you drive towards Corvallis, the farm’s red barn peeks out from between shade trees and a riot of multi-colored snap dragons wave at passerby’s.
The farm store is bursting with an eclectic mix of seasonal harvests—from green onions and sweet greens to fall potatoes, tomatoes and garlic. Owner Cynthia Kapple, raises free-range poultry and sells fresh eggs from a variety of fowl, including duck, turkey, goose, and chicken.
Midway’s crowning glory of summer are their sweet succulent organic strawberries, blueberries and other seasonal fruit. Midway posts frequently on Facebook, so if you’re planning on making fresh jam, follow their page to find out when they run specials on flats. Depending on the bounty, Kapple may run a spontaneous jam-making sale.
The farm also provides fresh organic flowers for weddings and other special events. You can count on a beautiful array of flowers if you shop Kapple’s store. From multi-hued sunny daffodils, tulips, iris, and sunflowers to other seasonally-grown varietals, you can stop at their self-serve flower stand, grab a bouquet and skedaddle back home to set the dinner table.
Midway Farms is located at 6980 NW US Highway 20, and the farm store is open daily, including weekends, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can also snag their produce, flowers, fruits, eggs and meats at the Albany or Corvallis Farmers’ Market.