in season

Zen and the Art of Berry Picking

The earth tilted a few days ago.  Nothing cataclysmic, simply the annual solstice shift that marks summer for us Northern Hemispherians.  Now that it’s official, we at rooted decided to indulge our desire to taste the season, and of course, nothing says early summer quite like the soft, sweet bite of a berry.  We headed out … Continued

Generations of Guerras: A Family Food Connection

Menu A Small Bite – My Name Is Christopher Guerra. I grew up in the Lower Yakima Valley just north of Sunnyside on a 30 acre pepper farm with my brothers—Aaron, Geraldo, and Fabian. My parents, Lino and Hilda Guerra, grew about 27 different varieties of chili peppers. We also had a variety of tomatoes, … Continued

Afternoon Delight

Down the street from Shelley’s house sits one of Yakima Valley’s favorite hangouts.  On an 80-degree afternoon, the first Friday of June, we met our good friend Chef Jessica Smith in a hop field, to pair her culinary creations with Bale Breaker Brewing Company‘s daily tap offerings. Just outside of town off Highway 24 on the way … Continued

Picking the “Sweet Spot”

Spring is an exciting, yet anxious time for many farmers.  For us down at the J&K Dairy, plans are being made for the harvest of the winter forage, in addition to the planting of the spring crops.  We have to try to plan a date to begin harvest—consistently checking how the crops are progressing to … Continued

Farmer Eyes

We are officially in the throes of Spring!  For farmers, they are past the beginning point and have been adjusting their legs to the constant movement that is farming as the season pushes forward at a pace all its own.  Decisions made now could have a significant impact on yield come harvest, and every day, … Continued