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Holiday Shopping at 'Artisan Alley' in Pendleton

Wheat Springs Bakery will be featured at the 3rd Annual Artisan Alley, Dec. 4th in Pendleton.  Held alongside the Pendleton Christmas Carriage Parade, the Artisan Alley is an opportunity for holiday shoppers to find value-added agricultural products from small rural businesses.  

The event is also a fund raiser for the Columbia Blue Mt. Resource Conservation & Development Council. The Council helps producers in Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, and Wheeler Counties to add value to their commodities.  Other regional businesses to be featured alongside Wheat Springs Bakery include: Sharon's Sweet Treats, Clothesline Art, Hugisonline, and the Pendleton Center for the Arts will present a special selection of featured artists from their Pendleton Foundation Trust Fine Craft Gallery.

Whole Grain Treat

Monday, 09 August 2010 11:35
Whole Grain Treat

A few years ago, when the price of gas was so high that Paul Bates was paying more to grow wheat than he could get for his crop, his wife Donna wondered if there was more she could do to help. She already was working full time as the librarian at Condon Elementary School. She knew she wanted to do something with the wheat Paul farms, but she never thought she would end up running her own business.

Now she is three years into it, and her popped wheat berry snacks are starting to take off. Donna pops, flavors and packages the wheat in an old bunkhouse on the Bates farm east of Condon that the family has converted into Wheat Springs Bakery. Her son, Sam Bates, and her daughter, Heather Stephens, help with the business.