Foodies on the road: Cle Elum and Wenatchee

I do alot of travelling between Washington and California and am always stumbling across foodie destinations.  That is, places that I fall in love with and would love to pass on to any one else who loves local delicious food.  So thus begins my endeavor in “Foodies on the road”.  Whenever I come across a great store, featuring something unusual, amazing, or noteworthy, I will post it.  And if you happen to be in that area, you should check it out and let me know if you agree. 


The first feature is in eastern Washington.  On our yearly drive from Seattle to our camping spot in Lake Chelan, I like to stop and grab some local fruit.  There are tons of fruit stands along the road, but many of them, unfortunately, sell produce from elsewhere.  I have learned to ask if it’s local before buying.  This particular stand, Miller’s Orchard, sells fruit off the trees right behind them.  They supplement with items from other local farms.  The are located on the Blewett Pass, closest to Wenatchee.


The next featured spot is the Stemilt produce stand, on the road from Wenatchee to Chelan.  The have orchards all over the Columbia Valley, so they can offer a variety of different fruit.  They even offer organic.  Though I don’t usually praise large organizations over the small guys, they do support local farms and the local economy. 



The next couple spots are right across the street from each other, in the small town of Cle Elum.  While camping, I heard people mention both spots and how their folks have been going there since they were little.  They are both definitely worth a side trip.  Owen’s Quality Meats is famous around town, and beyond, for it’s sausages and beef jerky.  My sister-in-law brought a sample for us camping, and I had to stop by on my way out of town to get my own.  Arriving to a packed parking lot, with plates from all over, proved what I had heard; the word is out.  The other other spot, right across the street, is the Cle Elum Bakery.  Open since 1906, the bakery still has it’s original ovens, with old-fashioned interior and charm.  We arrived later in they day and it seemed they had sold out of some of the more popular items, but the ones we got were delicious all the same. 



If you’re in the area, stop by and give a taste.  Support small town businesses and farms and, in turn, get some fresh amazing food!

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