Secrets of the North Coast: Trek for Treats

Stock Your Kitchen with These Finds from Oregon's North Coast

Local goods—camembert, oysters, world-class rum—line Highway 101 from Long Beach to Tillamook.

By Ramona DeNies July 17, 2018 Published in the August 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

Harvest at Starvation Alley Cranberry Farms

Adrift Distillers Starvation Alley Cranberry Liqueur

($22/375 mL bottle)
Long Beach’s Adrift Hotel just debuted a line of house spirits here and at two other properties: the nearby Shelburne and Seaside’s Ashore. We love this silky cranberry cordial made with fruit from Starvation Alley Cranberry Farms. Adrift Distillers at Adrift Hotel, 409 Sid Snyder Dr #3, Long Beach

Heirloom tomatoes from Spring Up Farm

(from $3/lb)
“Low impact” farmers Kelly Huckestein and Sam Seulean produce velvety filet beans, late strawberries, and a rainbow of tomatoes. Astoria Sunday Market, 12th Street, Astoria

Donlon Shanks Amber Rum from Cannon Beach Distillery

($45/750 mL bottle)
Mike Selberg’s peated single malts and agave spirits have racked up awards since the Cannon Beach native set up shop in 2012. Top of many lists: this blackstrap molasses rum aged in white oak barrels and redolent of caramel and smoke. Cannon Beach Distillery Tasting Room, 255 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach

Canned Oregon Albacore from CS Fishery

($8/7.5 oz can)
At Jeff Wong’s Garibaldi storefront, visitors net both boat-to-table fish tacos and cans of the small fleet’s premium albacore tuna catch, dressed in Oregon Olive Mill oil and Jacobsen sea salt. (It's leagues better than Starkist.) 402 Garibaldi Ave, Garibaldi

Raw Honey from Pure Grace

On sale at Tillamook nonprofit Food Roots’ new FarmTable Storefront? Only North Coast delights: like this clover-and-blackberry-sourced honey from Hebo-based teenage beekeeper Annaliese Moeller. Food Roots, 113 Main Ave, Tillamook

New bottle releases from de Garde Brewing

(from $8/22 oz bottle)
Tillamook brewer de Garde enjoys a worldwide cult following for its funky, wild-fermented sours. Nab bottles as you swing through. 114 Ivy Ave, Tillamook

Olympia Oysters from Nevør Shellfish

Kumamatos, Tørkes, and sweet, petite, native Olympias: at Nevør Shellfish Farm’s retail kiosk on Netarts Bay, these could all be your oysters, starting at $10 for a dozen and straight from the source. 6060 Whiskey Creek Rd, Tillamook

Camembert from Nestucca Bay Creamery

Tillamook County’s year-old farmstead creamery produces some 10 kinds of cheese—paneer, gouda, havarti, cheddar, and more—from its own herd of Jersey/Holstein cows. Camembert is a personal favorite of owner Amy Seymour. 34410 Hwy 101 South, Cloverdale

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