History of the Fruit Loop
Discover the bounty of the Hood River Valley
The Hood River Fruit Loop was organized in 1992 and printed its first map in 1993. Our mission is to promote sustainable agricultural diversity in Hood River County through the promotion of the products of Fruit Loop members via on-farm sales, organized retail opportunities, marketing, and public relations campaigns, and educational forums that create public awareness to ensure the preservation of Hood River County’s rich agricultural heritage for generations to come. The Fruit Loop concept was developed and promoted by Kaye White, owner of River Bend Farm & Country Store. Apple Hill, which is located approximately an hour from Sacramento, was the model from which the Fruit Loop was developed. Apple Hill's season is packed with tour buses and cars searching for apples and pies. The organization began in 1964 with 16 ranchers and today the map boasts 45 members.
White and Thom Nelson of the Hood River Grower & Shipper Association wrote an Ag Development grant that was used to fund both the first local Hood River Farmers Market and the first Fruit Loop map. Subsequent grant funding for the Fruit Loop was provided by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce Visitor Council. Today, the funding for the Fruit Loop is through the member stands and advertisers in the brochure.
Hood River Fruit Loop Map
Fruit Loop members invite you to enjoy a self-guided tour of our Fruit Loop Stands along a scenic 35-mile loop in the Hood River Valley.
Need directions to a particular stand?
Brochures with maps are also available at many places around the Gorge.
You can also click here to download and print your own copy of
the Hood River Fruit Loop Map.