The history of the Lehne farm began in 1938 with the marriage of Myron Lehne and Helen Woodruff. Myron worked for Dillard nurseryman, C. E. Moyer, and the young couple dreamed of one day starting their own nursery. They realized this dream in the early 1940ís with the purchase of the first 10 acres on Cleveland Rapids Road in Garden Valley. Later additional acreage was acquired, bringing Myron and Helenís farm to a total of 45 acres.

In the early 1970ís Myron and Helen decided to retire, turning over the farm to their two sons, Ray and Norm.

Lehne Garden and Orchard began in 1974. Norm and Cinda sold vegetables out of their large family garden. As the demand for fresh produce increased, they expanded the garden. Norm and Cinda also decided to plant a variety of fruit trees and eventually these were available to u-pick customers.

The farm is located just a few miles outside of Roseburg, Oregon, in beautiful Garden Valley. Customers can take a leisurely drive into the country to pick a wide variety of farm-fresh, vine-ripe produce. Upon arrival, customers will find that the Garden is
carefully maintained to be as weed free as possible. The Orchard is pruned so that ladders are not needed for picking the fruit.

In addition, Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards is proud to be one of the only farms to use pure well water as the only source for irrigation.

Customers are valued and they will be treated with integrity and courtesy. Norm and Cinda also value their family farm and will carefully manage it in order to maintain its productivity, quality of products, and long-term sustainability. They see themselves as stewards of a natural resource that will one day be managed by another generation.

Norm and Cinda Welcome You!




Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards
"Locally Grown, Farm-Fresh, Vine-Ripe Produce...Your Natural Choice!"


FARM SEASON 2009 Events

"Pumpkins & Painted Faces"

Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards sponsored a special event "Pumpkins & Painted Faces" on Saturday, October 10, 2009.  Norm had a huge selection of pumpkins up by the house to choose from.  We will also had face painter, Teresa Raiford, at the farm that day.

September 2009 Events

"Sauerkraut Time!", a demonstration and hands-on class was taught by Master Food Preserver, Ed Hoffman, on Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  He demonstrated how to make sauerkraut and told us all we need to know about the process. Printed recipes and instructions were provided.  The demonstration was free of charge.

At the hands-on portion of the "Sauerkraut Time!" class, Ed assisted us as we made 1 gallon of sauerkraut.  The cost for the hands-on class was $5.00.  We provided the cabbage and canning salt.  


August 2009 Events

      OSU Master Food Preservers were be at the Farm on a number of Fridays, this summer. They had a pressure gauge testing machine and answered canning questions. 

      "Keepin' the Kitchen Kool" cooking demonstration with Douglas County resident, Kris Wetherbee, was on Saturday, August 22, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Kris returned to the farm with 'Kool' new recipes!  After the July heat wave this is just what we needed.  Kris demonstrated new ideas for turning ordinary vegetables into something extraordinary!  Each participant received recipes of featured demos.  This event was free and open to the public.


      Family Fun at the Farm, held Saturday, August 1, 2009, and  featuring Shasta Ray and the DownHome Band, was a terrific success.  If you'd like to hear them again just go to Charlie's BBQ on Harvard Ave. in Roseburg on Thursday evenings.  They regularly play there.

o   The free family portraits by Diane Griffin of Northbank Gallery, will be at the farm for you to pick up starting this Saturday, August 8, 2009.








2008 Events

September Serenade 

 "September Serenade" with Shasta Ray and Down Home Band last Sunday was an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon. Thanks to all who attended. We will probably make this an annual event.


Crazy for Corn!

Our "Crazy for Corn!" event with Kris and Rick Wetherbee was a huge success.

We learned Kris and Rick's favorite ways to grill corn.

Later we sampled the taste differences between several techniques, as well as the three flavored butters: Cumin-Lime, Ginger-Curry, and Lemon-Thyme.

The Corn & Black Bean Salad with Rosemary-Balsamic Dressing and the Roasted Corn, Pepper & Avocado Salsa were delicious!

We still have a few copies of these recipes so when you are at the farm please ask for one.


Here is an article that Janice Bunyard submitted to the Roseburg Beacon, a new local newspaper, celebrating our event.

Lehne Farm Hosts a Three Alarm Salsa Event

On Saturday, September 15, Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards hosted ďOle! Letís Celebrate SalsaĒ the second event this season featuring local produce & presenters. About 80-100 spectators attended the free event. It was hard to tell the attendees from the u-pick customers that were coming & going & stopping by to take a look.

The salsa specialists shared their recipes with an eager crowd. Barbara & Harvey Hall prepared a mild salsa for the faint of heart. Brothers Scott & Ted LaLande had double duty with a mellow Pico de Gallo & a hot Baja Fire salsa. Mark & Rise Briggs told us how to brew 50 gallons of their very, very hot F.I.T.H. Salsa. For a refreshing finish Norm & Cinda Lehne cooled things down with their Melon Salsa.

OSU Master Food Preservers Ed Hoffman & Paulette Zwirn were on hand to share their knowledge on the importance of safe canning methods when preparing low-acid foods.

Then there was the tasting. One salsa was savory & mild, another mellow. Next a hot recipe followed by a three alarm burnout. The melon salsa offered a cooling finish. The Lehneís provided a wonderful hand-out with all of the recipes.

Bunyardís Barnyard Nursery was on hand to talk about the savory herbs used in the recipes & had an extensive selection available to purchase.

The whole event finished with a Salsa dancing demo. Local dance artists, Ben & Sonya Escalera, did their fancy footwork on a large plywood dance floor on the front lawn. Then they gave a mini lesson to the few who were bold enough to join in.

All in all, a spectacular event, well attended in a beautiful country setting. I canít wait to see what the Lehneís have in store for us next season. For more information about Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards go to www.NormLehneFarm.com


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