in season

Live from New York . . . It’s Yakima Valley Hops!

For 25 years I have had the good fortune of journeying “home” to be with family in upstate New York during the summer months. It is where I spent my childhood and young adult years.   The slow pace of daily living on Lake George in the Adirondacks completes me. I crave it all winter … Continued

Chipping Spuds

It is early on a clear morning, so the heat hasn’t taken hold yet.  Kevin Bouchey and I exchange greetings just outside of Toppenish before I hop in his truck to head south.  A few miles later, turning right on Schuster off Indian Church Road, we arrive.  Although the morning is fresh for me, this … Continued

Prosser Farm: A Labor of Love

Eleven years ago this next week my husband, Tom Douglas, and I purchased 20 acres in Prosser with the notion of having a sunny second home to escape the sometimes (sometimes?) drizzly Seattle. Being closer to my family was an added attraction as my parents and only sister had relocated to Prosser a few years … Continued

Mushrooms: The Return

Hope still lingers around Michael Bennett.  Hope the dog, I mean.  The last time rooted visited the local mushroom farmer, it was winter, and Michael and Hope welcomed us into their shop and the indoor growing chamber used to grow oyster mushrooms.  We were amazed.  Between the columns of pasteurized straw pinning out with Polar … Continued

Stone Fruit’s First Harvest

Rooted’s summer college crew, Claire & Brent, came back to work at the farm again this year.  They spent some time out in the orchards of Parker Heights, a unique growing area tucked inside Union Gap, during stone fruit’s first harvest—the apricot. The duo visited Badgley Ranches, whose family has been growing apricots for decades. These apricots are sold … Continued