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Roadside bounty.

Byline: Christine Sherk The Register-Guard

There are so many stops to choose from along this 35-mile country drive loop from River Road to Harrisburg and back to Eugene via Coburg Road.

To make it a little easier, here are three suggested itineraries designed to suit your group:

Just Right for Kids

Parents needn't worry that there isn't enough to keep the kids entertained and well fed throughout this country loop.

Start off with feeding the goats, enjoying the playground and even mining for treasures at Lone Pine Farms; maybe even snack on some ice cream or kettle corn.

Watch old-fashioned food processing equipment at work husking and cutting corn at Hentze Family Farm, which also has a kid-friendly barnyard with animals.

Check out the "Pup's Menu" at Junkyard Extreme Burgers and Brats, with hot dogs and grilled cheese.

Pick some fresh produce with the kids at Detering Orchards, or let them play some cornhole in the shade if it's too hot.

And if they're not worn out yet, they can let off that last steam at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg (while you go antiquing for a bit). Finish off with a slice of pizza at Coburg Pizza Company.

FLower Power [br][br]for Friends

Visit the charming farmstand at Groundwork Organics for fresh flowers, before turning into Thistledown Farm for a look at the wide variety of rustic garden art, including metal flower sculptures.

Cut some fresh flowers at Lone Pine Farms.

Enjoy the floral display outside Junkyard Extreme Burgers and Brats, where discarded tires serve as charming planters, before heading in for a tasty Pesto Brat.

Pick up a fresh fruit pie at Wild Plum Pies before heading to Agrarian Ales to sip on a summer white ale called Jiggy Wit It. You might stay here awhile.

Pop into Johnson Brother's Greenhouses where ideas abound for your gardens, even as the growing season wanes.

Visit Retro Rejuvenation to find the perfect mid-century ensemble that screams flower power, or hit Primrose Lane for that perfect flowered piece of costume jewelry.

Head home for some of that [br][br]pie and coffee.

It's a Date

So you want to make dinner together? You can get all you need and then some on this drive.

Pop into Groundwork Organics for fresh fruit, veggies, herbs and into Thistledown Farm for dried goods and pie.

Cut flowers for the dinner table centerpiece at Lone Pine Farms.

Visit Hentze Family Farms for a gorgeous selection of goose quills, which you also can use to decorate the dinner table.

In Harrisburg, pick up some fresh steaks or chicken from Farmers Helper. (Don't forget some jerky for snacking in the car.)

Fill up growlers of your favorite beers on tap at Agrarian Ales.

All that's left to do is to cook and enjoy!

This time of year, the thought of it is enough to make one hanker for it: "bodacious," fresh corn on the cob. Picture it steaming on a platter, dressed simply with butter, salt and pepper (or whatever your favorite fixings), ready to savor.

Where to get some !

Many country farms north of Eugene-Springfield are presently up to their ears in corn, picked daily from wide swaths of golden cornfields.

The farms are ripe with other bounty, too: peaches, peppers, tomatoes, apples, beets, greens, gourds for fall dcor, U-pick flowers. The list is long and enticing.

But farms are not all that's out in the country.

From River Road to Harrisburg and back to Eugene via Coburg Road, there are many stops - parks, eateries, antique shops - around which to plan fun-filled weekend hours, whether with the kids, friends or that special someone.

Even if fresh corn isn't enough to entice you, delicious surprises await along this 35-mile loop that promises to be so picturesque you'll vow to return again.

So, pack the reusable bags and/or a cooler. Bring your appetites and a willingness to explore. Once you've left the city limits, drink in the scenery at its peak harvest time heading into autumn's full glory.

Follow Christine on Twitter @CSherkRG. Email christine.sherk@registerguard.com.

There are so many stops to choose from along this 35-mile country drive loop from River Road to Harrisburg and back to Eugene via Coburg Road.

To make it a little easier, here are three suggested itineraries designed to suit your group:

Just Right for Kids

Parents needn't worry that there isn't enough to keep the kids happy and well fed throughout this country outing.

Start off with feeding the goats, enjoying the playground and even mining for treasures at Lone Pine Farms; maybe even snack on some ice cream or kettle corn.

Watch old-fashioned food processing equipment at work husking and cutting corn at Hentze Family Farm, which also has a kid-friendly barnyard with animals.

Check out the "Pup's Menu" at Junkyard Extreme Burgers and Brats, with hot dogs and grilled cheese.

Pick some fresh produce with the kids at Detering Orchards, or let them play some corn hole in the shade if it's too hot. Detering's "Corn & Dog Daze" are Sept. 12-14.

And if they're not worn out yet, they can let off that last steam at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg (while you go antiquing for a bit). Finish off with a slice of pizza at Coburg Pizza Company.

FLower Power for Friends

Visit the charming farmstand at Groundwork Organics for some fresh flowers, before turning into Thistledown Farm for a look at the wide variety of rustic garden art, including metal flower sculptures.

Cut some fresh flowers at Lone Pine Farms.

Enjoy the floral display outside Junkyard Extreme Burgers and Brats, where discarded tires serve as charming planters, before getting a tasty Pesto Brat.

Pick up a fresh fruit pie at Wild Plum Pies before heading to Agrarian Ales to sip on a summer white ale called Jiggy Wit It. Warning: You might stay here awhile.

Pop into Johnson Brothers Greenhouses where ideas abound for your gardens, even as the growing season wanes.

Visit Retro Rejuvenation in Coburg to find the perfect midcentury vintage ensemble that screams flower power, or hit nearby Primrose Lane Antiques for that perfect flowery piece of costume jewelry.

Head home for some of that pie and coffee.

It's a Date

So you want to make dinner together? You can get all you need and then some on this drive.

Pop into Groundwork Organics for fresh fruit, veggies, herbs and into Thistledown Farm for dried goods and pie.

Cut flowers for the dinner table centerpiece at Lone Pine Farms.

Visit Hentze Family Farms for a gorgeous selection of goose quills, which you also can use to decorate the dinner table (or pen some love notes).

In Harrisburg, pick up some fresh steaks or chicken from Farmers' Helper. (Don't forget some jerky for snacking in the car.)

Fill up growlers of your favorite beers on tap at Agrarian Ales.

All that's left to do is to cook and enjoy!

STOPS OF NOTE Along the Loop

Pick and choose stops that cater to your optimal itinerary.

View an online map of this country drive at registerguard.com/weekend
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Date:Sep 6, 2014
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