up to Stinking Water Pass (you’ve got to wonder where some of these names came from). Before descending into one of several valleys we’d pass through during the day, most of which support large-scale crop and cattle farming industries.
Malheur County is Oregon’s most southeasterly county and at nearly 10,000 square miles, is larger than the states of Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island, combined. ,And, while it receives an average of a mere 10” of rainfall each year, it is an agricultural cornucopia … thanks to a sophisticated irrigation infrastructure, water conservation techniques and management practices which had their origins in 1860 when farmers first began diverting water from local streams.
Today, Malheur County leads the state in the production of sugar beets and alfalfa hay; and ranks fourth in potatoes and fifth in dairy production. The county leads the Northwest as the nation’s seventh largest beef producer. Other crops include dry field beans, field corn, peppermint, spearmint, seed crops like alfalfa, red clover, vegetables and flowers, and cereal crops including soft white wheat.
and the short drive to the Country Corners RV Park where not only do we have a site for the evening, but they have a vegetable garden where we were able to pick fresh corn, green beans, summer squash and zucchini.