Boda's Kitchen is a wonderful addition to the Hood River food scene. They are located in the heart of downtown Hood River. The owners are a lovely couple who are clearly major foodies. One bite of the Roasted Corn Salad, the Lasagna Bolognese, or the house smoked turkey breast and you'll be hooked. Their menu will adapt too what's seasonally available with fresh salads, pasta dishes, and other treats available daily. They have wine, meats, cheeses, and crackers available too. Oh, and did I mentioned how delicious their roast chicken looks? They're still getting settled in, but I already think of them as a favorite spot. This is the perfect place for a healthy, food-centric lunch... or grab it to go and enjoy it as a picnic!
10am-8pm every day
We absolutely love the Farm Stand. Owners Rob, Elaina, Doug, and Maria are really great people. You can find so many good things: locally grown produce, Mountain Shadow Natural Meats, and Nicky Meats game, local nuts, great pasta, both local and imported cheeses, dolmas, Troutlake Abbey Organic eggs, and wine and beer. The Farm Stand is the best place to find fresh fish. They sell tons of local wine including wines from Syncline, Cor, Memaloose, and Phelps Creek. They also offer a wide selection of gluten-free products and healthy foods. They just moved to their new location. Once they are settled into their new space, they will have a deli with café style seating where they will offer organic lunches. Since their new space is so much larger than the old one, they will also be doing wine and cheese tastings and food shows. One of the best things about the Farm Stand is that they will go out of their way to special-order things for you. In fact Rob loves doing it. He says "It's fun to procure something for someone." From whole rabbits to beef liver, they will do their best to get you everything you need to prepare an amazing meal.
Mother's Market is a family owned shop located just off the #63 exit for Hood River. The store is mostly vegan with a few exceptions. They get everything they can locally, including produce, eggs, and other specialty items. The deli is fully vegan and offers two organic soups every day, pizza by the slice, and a soft-serve smoothie juice bar. This is a great market to support. The owner, Eric, and his family members, Margaret and Chris, are all there keeping the store running. They have new store hours, and are now open seven days a week.
Ovino is a fantastic specialty shop. Owners Stefan and Erika are as sweet as can be. Not only can you buy yummy meats, cheeses, olives, vinegar, and pastas, but you can also buy bulk olive oil and wine. Our friends Vangie and Daniel said, "We like their bulk anchovies, and small but good selection of cheeses and meats for lunches (with bread from Knead). They are now carrying bufulo mozzarella, and they have homemade pasta. They are also very friendly." I've also heard they make wonderful European style sandwiches at lunch time. This is definitely a place to go if you're preparing for a dinner with friends, heading out for a picnic, or want something simple and delicious to snack on.
Rosauers is the best supermarket in town. Rosauers is where we do the bulk of our grocery shopping. They have a great Natural Foods section called Huckleberries where you can buy everything you need to cook up a healthy, organic meal. The bulk section is fantastic. Stock up on grains, beans, spices, honey, peanut butter, and specialty salts. The guys who work in the produce department are always really friendly, are happy to help, and are knowledgeable about what items are purchased from local farmers. They make it really easy to buy fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies that are grown locally, and there's a wide selection of organic produce too. Make sure to check out the perfectly cut Painted Hills steaks from the butchers. They cut them on-site, and they are thick and perfect for grilling or searing. Overall, for general grocery shopping, Rosauers is the place to go.
If you're driving up Highway 35, Draper Girls' Country Farm is a great place to stop. They specialize in yummy non-pasteurized apple cider, and they have a wide selection of preserves. They are well known for their U-Pick options: cherries, apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and nectarines. Spending a day at the farm is a great activity to do with your family. They invite families to come visit their farm, their animals, and enjoy their views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Follow the Hood River Fruit Loop guide to check out other great places.
Feast Market is a welcome addition to the wonderful little community of White Salmon. The have health food, a bulk section, beer and wine, great salamis, and a nice selection of produce. You can stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, either to eat there or take away. Their menu includes breakfast sandwiches, fresh salads, lunch sandwiches, an artisan cheese and antipasti plate, and a deli case full of fresh and healthy meal options. I stopped in a couple weeks ago and got a great BLT sandwich. If you find yourself in White Salmon make sure to stop in, anytime of day, for a bite of food!
Harvest Market is your best bet when grocery shopping in White Salmon. They have some organic options, Painted Hills meats, a new bulk section, and they sell some locally grown items and cheeses. They also have a good selection of organic baby foods, cereals, and snacks.