Celebrate National Hazelnut Month With Columbia Empire Farms

Because Oregon's State Nut Knows How to Party!

Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2016) - September is National Hazelnut Month and Columbia Empire Farms, one of the largest hazelnut growers in the country, invites you to join the celebration by enjoying some of their hazelnuts and hazelnut products. Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley and owned and operated by the Pamplin family since 1976, Columbia Empire Farms offers several ways to indulge in one of Oregon's signature products.

"Columbia Empire Farms is one of the country's premier hazelnut growers. Our hazelnuts are delightful smoked, salted, roasted and even covered in chocolate," said Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. "Columbia Empire Farms' hazelnut treats are ideal for snacking, sharing or serving at a fall gathering."

Following are a few of Columbia Empire Farms' most popular hazelnut offerings:

Roasted & Salted Hazelnuts ($12)
Columbia Empire Farms dry roasted, lightly salted hazelnuts are crunchy and delicious. Enjoy as healthy snack or gift to a nut loving friend!

Chocolate Hazelnut Caramels ($7)
Enjoy the creamy taste of real butter caramel made fresh weekly on the farm and roasted hazelnuts grown on the farm. Enrobed in Guitard's rich chocolate these hazelnut caramels are made from the very best ingredients. Your guests will treasure these Hazelnut caramels at your next party.

Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts ($13)
Delight in the roasted flavor of our crunchy, delicious hazelnuts, smothered in Guitard's chocolate. Perfect to gift to your friends, family or to put on your dessert tray at your next party. Or take them on your next trip for friends and family to enjoy a taste of Oregon!

Columbia Empire Farms offers many other fruit preserves and syrups, wine jellies, vinaigrettes, honey, hazelnuts, candy, chocolate toffee "poop" candies, and Pacific Northwest specialties. Gift baskets are available. For more information or to order online, visit www.columbiaempirefarms.com

About Columbia Empire Farms
Columbia Empire Farms, established in 1976 in Sherwood, Oregon, cultivates 900 acres of berries and hazelnuts. Owned by Robert B. Pamplin Jr., this family farm produces its own preserves, jams, fruit spreads, syrups, butters, pie fillings, barbecue sauces, pepper jellies, vinaigrettes, honeys and hazelnut confections -- all right on the farm using freshly harvested ingredients. Whether it is marionberry preserves made with premium ripe berries or hazelnuts roasted to perfection and covered with handmade chocolate, Columbia Empire Farms thoughtfully crafts products that showcase the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. For more information or to order online, visit www.columbiaempirefarms.com.

About Robert B. Pamplin Jr.
Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has earned eight degrees -- including two doctorates -- in business, economics, accounting, education and theology. He has been honored nationally as a businessman, philanthropist, ordained minister, educator, historical preservationist, and author of 24 books and comic books, including two book-of-the-month club selections. Pamplin's business interests include media (the Portland Tribune and 25 community newspapers), textiles, construction and agriculture. He has been awarded many honorary degrees and featured in national magazines, in newspapers and on television. He has served on presidential and state commissions, and he has been chairman of the board of trustees of three colleges. Pamplin is widely recognized as America's leading historical preservationist and foremost diversified entrepreneur. For more information, visit www.pamplin.org. For more information about Dr. Pamplin's preservation efforts, visit www.pamplincollection.org.

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