Throughout the summer our friends at Winters Farms have been keeping us supplied with delicious seasonal offerings as each mini-season comes in turn: rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries….and now blackberries and boysenberries. You’ll find these luscious gems of summer featured as fresh made preserves in our thumbprint cookies and rugelach; as a delightful buttercream in our Hubba Hubbas and seasonal macarons (you haven’t lived until you’ve had the basil macaron with seasonal berry buttercream); or playing the starring role in our Berry Crumble and Lemon Berry Tassies.
If you’re not familiar with Winters Farms you should know about this sustainable family farm in Troutdale, that was started in the 1940s by Howard and Ruth Winters, who cultivated strawberries on the farm with their trusty horse “Pack”. Howard’s commitment never stopped. When he was 80-something he’d get on his trusty Yamaha four-wheeler, grab his filed-down, wore-out hoe held together with electrician’s tape, and head for the field to hoe a little cabbage, according to his son Chris (who runs the farm today with his family).
Winters’ Farms grows an assortment of popular and unique berries, along with many types of vegetables, including delicious rhubarb, and are a farmers’ market favorite (perhaps that’s because they’ve never missed a single Beaverton Farmers’ Market since they started there in the 1980’s). We are happy to have their sustainably grown berries featured in our seasonal treats throughout the summer. In addition to cookies, you’ll find their seasonal berries featured in our house-spun ice cream (Raspberry swirled in vanilla? Yes, please.) and as an occasional addition to our sweet-tart lemonade.
We Tarts have been taking every advantage of the season, hitting Sunday Parkways, berry-picking, keeping cool watching silly summer flicks, and shopping the Farmers’ Market, both for ourselves and the bakery.
Whether your summer finds you camping, gardening, DIY-ing, or simply relaxing and taking the day as it comes, we hope to be part of your summer enjoyment.
Life is sweet!