How It’s Made: 7 Free Food Factory Tours in Oregon

Curious kids love to know how things are made, especially when it comes to their favorite snacks. From cheese and bread to soy sauce and chocolate-covered nuts, here’s how to get a behind-the-scenes look—and taste—at some of Oregon’s top food factories.

Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters and Mill Tour
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Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters and Mill Tour

Why go:
There is plenty for kids to see and do, including a hands-on display with bucketsful of every kind of grain imaginable to touch, smell and learn about.  At the “wheat farm” table, your little farmers can harvest, thresh and winnow wheat, then grind it into flour. The Grain Guides welcome questions and, at the end of the tour, they ask each child what they learned (no wrong answers) and reward their response with a “free cookie” coin redeemable at the Whole Grain Store, located a mile away at 5000 SE International Way, Milwaukie, Or.

The store and café definitely are worth a stop to sample the fresh-baked goods you learned about on the tour. Order breakfast, lunch or dinner–there are many vegetarian and gluten-free options, and children’s menus, too. Then shop for ingredients to cook these yummy meals at home.

Tour details:
Free public mill tours are offered Mon.-Fri. at 10 a.m. Closed most major holidays. Two tours (10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) are offered on some special days; see website for details. Tours last 60-80 minutes, but you can leave at any time—just pick up free samples on your way out. Groups of more than 10 people should call to schedule a private tour.

To Book: Call Christie Coykendall at 971-212-1180 to schedule a private tour.

(13521 SE Pheasant Ct., Milwaukie, Or or bobsredmill.com/Tour-Our-World-Headquarters.html)

Photo courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill

  1. Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters and Mill Tour
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  3. Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream
  4. Franz Bakery
  5. Pacific Oyster/Pacific Shrimp/Fish Peddler Market & Restaurant
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Did we miss one of your favorite food factory tours in Oregon? Share your picks in the comment section below! 

—Halle Smith