utumn means harvest in Okanogan Country, and that brings out the best of us and our crops to share. Did you know this is wine country? We have some national awardwinners in this area, with grapes grown in our soil. Wine festivals and tastings abound, especially in the flowing presses in the Oroville area. Omak also boasts its own winery and you can find a few tasting rooms in the Methow Valley as well. Originally founded in part by orchards, that history continues as apples, pears, peaches – we could go on and on – and more come off the trees and onto fruit stand shelves, juicy and fresh. Check out farmers’ markets in multiple communities to get the best and most flavorful goods grown right here. And as is traditional in close communities, we all like to share our crops, handmade goods, livestock and more during county fairs.
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A mare and her colt frollic through a field.
Luke Studard, 4, hefts a pumpkin he picked at Taber’s pumpkin patch near Oroville in time for Halloween. Shoppers visit the Twisp farmers’ market, near the end of its season in October.
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Your complete guide to visiting Okanogan Country, which includes Okanogan and Ferry counties in North-Central Washington.