Community Focus: Milton Freewater
By Lori Kimbel
Located at the base of the Blue Mountains is the city of Milton-Freewater, which has a lot to offer whether you are a resident or someone just passing through.
With a growing season that lasts from May until October, Milton-Freewater is a favorite among those in one of the many agricultural fields. Orchards, wheat fields, canola fields, and vineyards are a common sight and provide an economic boost in the northeast Oregon city. Apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, peas, alfalfa, and corn are also grown here, and Milton-Freewater is the largest shipper of apples in Oregon.
With 19 wine producers, three winery facilities and a new AVA, The Rocks District, Milton-Freewater will continue to be a force in Oregon’s wine industry. If you are passing through be sure to visit one of the fine winery’s, which include Don Carlo Vineyard, Tero Estates and Flying Trout Wines, Tulpen Cellars, Watermill Winery, and Zerba Cellars. Milton-Freewater also has the Blue Mountain Cider Company and Dragon’s Gate Brewery.
If you are looking for a little rest and relaxation be sure to stop in at one of the wonderful parks that are found throughout Milton-Freewater. Yantis Park, Marie Dorian Park, Freewater Park and Orchard Park are all well taken care of and will offer you some peace on your travels. If you come through on a Wednesday’s from June to September, be sure to check out the Farmer’s Market at Orchard Park.
Fraizier Farmstead Museum is also a great place to spend some time learning about Milton-Freewater’s past.
Some of the unique businesses that call Milton-Freewater home are Sager Shoes, Clay in Motion Pottery Studio, 3 Diva’s Beads, Fringe Salon & Boutique and Shangri-La Boutique & Gift Store.
Of course we can’t forget to mention the chocolate. Petite Noirs has some of the finest hand-made chocolate in the northwest. Do yourself a favor and stop in and have a taste. I am sure you will purchase extra to take home with you and share with your friends….well…maybe you will want to keep them for yourself, it’s up to you.