One welcome side effect of the corona outbreak has been many more people on bikes in and around Albany, especially in the open country outside of town this sunny Saturday in spring.
My Corona Days ride this day found me on Bryant Way, where I stopped to admire the young hazelnut orchards on both sides of the road.
Years ago these were mostly grass-seed fields. Then for a few years they grew wheat. The widespread change to hazelnuts is an indication of how farmers in western Oregon have had to adapt to the many factors that affect their occupation, from regulations and weather to market forces around the world.
What the coronavirus outbreak is doing to farming in Oregon has yet to become evident. But if you want to see some well-tended filbert trees, now well on their way to greening up, take a ride out Bryant Way and Drive, like this: