Washington County restaurant goes 'farm-to-fork'

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Rock Creek Corner, a restaurant at 18515 N.W. West Union Road, jumped on the farm-to-table trend this summer with the help of a business called Your Backyard Farmer. Click on the image to see the restaurant's kitchen garden.

Rock Creek Corner, a restaurant at 18515 N.W. West Union Road, jumped on the farm-to-table trend this summer with the help of a business called Your Backyard Farmer. Click on the image to see the restaurant's kitchen garden. 

Rock Creek Corner, a landmark restaurant on Portland's far west side, this summer hopped on the local sourcing trend, planting gardens to provide all of its produce and herbs for salads, side dishes and sauces.

The restaurant is laying claim to being the first in Washington County to grow its own produce.

Restaurant owners Robert and Christy Bennett-Hanes said they surveyed customers and found that more than 40 percent stated a preference for local and organic food.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in orders for salad since we began using our garden lettuce this season,” said co-owner Robert Bennett-Hanes in a press release. “People say they can really taste the difference with our home-grown vegetables.”

Rock Creek Corner sits at the edge of the urban growth boundary on the corner of Northwest 185th Avenue and West Union Road.

The garden is managed for the restaurant by Portland-based Your Backyard Farmer, which provides expertise and support for would-be urban organic farmers.

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