SOURCE: Entrepreneur Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

June 29, 2016 10:00 ET

Celebrate Summer With All Things Marionberry From Columbia Empire Farms

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Jun 29, 2016) -  With summer here and appetites light, Columbia Empire Farms features its marionberry products to highlight the ideal flavors of summer. Marionberries, often called the cabernet of blackberries, were introduced in 1956 and named for Marion County, Oregon. Perfect for any summer meal, enjoy the luscious flavor of marionberry in Columbia Empire Farms' preserves, sauces, BBQ glazes, vinaigrettes, spreads and jelly.

"Marionberry is a summer favorite in Oregon and we're pleased to provide a variety of marionberry products in our collection to add rich flavor to all of your favorite summer meals," said Robert B. Pamplin Jr., owner of Columbia Empire Farms. "We also make many premium products on our farm in Sherwood including everything from hazelnuts to syrup to chocolate."

With a rich earthy taste that exemplifies the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness, marionberry products can be matched with just about anything. From layering marionberry preserves on toast, your favorite yogurt or ice cream, to pie filling, to topping marionberry glaze on all of your BBQ favorites, marionberry products can elevate every meal to a seasonal delight.

Serves 6



  • In large bowl, combine greens and hazelnuts
  • Pour Columbia Empire Farms Marionberry Vinaigrette over salad and toss
  • Dot with Rogue Blue Cheese Crumbles and fresh marionberries
  • Serve and enjoy!

Columbia Empire Farms also offers additional fruit preserves and syrups, wine jellies, vinaigrettes, honey, hazelnuts, candy and many other Pacific Northwest specialties. Gift baskets are available. For more information, or to order online, visit  

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  

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 For more information about Dr. Pamplin's preservation efforts, visit

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