The Rastovich Family Farm in Bend, the first estate in Deschutes County to reach the 100-year-mark, will hold a centennial celebration Saturday.
Guests can enjoy a hayride around the ranch, a guided or self-guided (using your smartphone) walking tour of the original homestead, and enjoy a burger raised on the ranch and beer from Sunriver Brewing Company. Antique farm equipment used in the early days of the ranch will also be on display.
George and Anna Rastovich immigrated from Serbia in the early 1900s, making their way from New York to Spokane before settling in Bend. They staked their claim on September 19, 1919; 40 acres about seven miles east of Bend, just off present day Ward Road.
Since 2012, Rastovich Family Farm has been home to Barely Beef, an all natural beef ranch that works in cooperation with local breweries to feed and sell beef products.
“We pick up the spent grains from local breweries, like Sunriver Brewing, Bend Brewing Company, Boneyard, and Deschutes, and we feed the gains to the cows,” Bob Rastovich said. “Then we sell beef to consumers and back to pubs, so when you visit Bend Brewing Company, you’re eating a burger raised on the beer you’re drinking.”
“We are proud of the history of our ranch,” he said said. “But we are equally proud of being a part of Bend for 100-years, so our celebration is as much about celebrating Bend as it is the Rastovich Family.”
The Rastovich Family Farm celebration happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ranch located at 21925 Rastovich Road, Bend.
Images courtesy Rastovich Family Farms