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


Either you love it, or you don’t think that much about it.  There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot in between.  I’m talking rhubarb here.  It’s like the red-headed stepchild of the vegetable patch.  If it’s not in your DNA, you disregard it—always choosing around it when presented with a rhubarb dessert opportunity, even … Continued

Salmon for Flowers

Driving into a neighborhood in the middle of Toppenish, Washington, I find myself surprised.  I recognize Les Schwab and the school bus depot, but as I pull off of Asotin Avenue, wedged in-between some houses on an ordinary side street, there is an open field of almost two acres of peonies.  “Adeline’s Peonies” by the … Continued

Ag Connections

WSDA Local Buying Mission Tour and Business Networking Social On a recent brisk, blissfully blue sky morning, rooted went on a mission.  Meeting in the early shade of the Bale Breaker Brewery in Moxee, Washington, we fell in with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and a host of ag-producers and ag-buyers to hit the … Continued

Rebel Bloom

This spring has been reminding me of a poorly cracked egg.  I just want that quick sunny side up I was expecting, but instead there has been a slow leaking of the season, slipping through the cracks a little at a time, revealing itself in a muddled and unhurried fashion.  For an area that is … Continued

Asparagus, the Forerunner

If you listen very carefully, you can hear it.  The asparagus is finally popping out of the ground.  Well maybe you can’t exactly hear it, but you can certainly see it.  You don’t even have to live near an asparagus field.  It’s popping up all over town.  Boiled or steamed, quiches or frittatas, pickled, grilled, … Continued


Driving the highways and byways of the Yakima Valley, you can see it.  The trees are finally waking.  As the shiny new growth pushes its way through the tree tips, the flower buds fist up, just waiting to burst open into fat, full blooms.  Beautiful, yes; but really, it’s just a natural byproduct of development … Continued