Ripe with Tradition

Something special happens every December here in the Yakima Valley—Leda makes tamales.  These are a bit different than the corn husks filled with masa and meats that are steamed to perfection and eaten with zeal around these here parts.  These are Costa Rican tamales, made a bit differently but in the same spirit.  Most notably, … Continued

Panaderias from Tieton to Toppenish

Baby, it’s cold out there.  As winter is finding its way to the Yakima Valley, it seemed a good move to go inside.  The steamy windows of the panaderias lured us like a siren song. There is something about the baking of bread that is comforting on a DNA level.  The kneading of dough, the … Continued

#Rootcam: Meet Provisions

Feast your eyes on Provisions restaurant + market! The crew at Yakima Valley’s newest chef-driven Pacific Northwest-inspired restaurant captured some tantalizing photos of this game-changing establishment for rooted.  Set to open December 1st, Provisions is a collaboration between Executive Chef and General Manager, Lindsay Park and owners Brig and Susie Temple.  We’re excited about Chef … Continued

Where Thanksgiving Lives

There’s a social media trend that takes place this time every year where people make a daily effort to mention something they are thankful for.  You have to love Thanksgiving for bringing an appreciation of the now center stage. I confess, I love this.  Seeing people look around at their everyday lives and comb it … Continued

The Nature of Community Giving

It’s November again, and that means people are reminded to count their blessings.  With Thanksgiving around the corner, gratitude creeps to the forefront of our minds taking on a thoughtfulness that is both beautiful and refreshing.  It is apropos that this story should run in November, but really, the thoughtfulness of Northwest Harvest, a food … Continued

Behold the Apple

Farewell to a beautiful autumn and harvest season!  The rooted team has documented the dear apple over the past 2 years in 10 different ways.  As this growing season comes to an exhausting closure, we bring you the journey of the apple from inception right down to the last savory bite. Fruit Coitus February 24, 2017 … Continued

A Hop Over to Brooklyn

Crack a beer.  Any beer.  Chances are good there are some Yakima Valley hops going on in that pour.  One brewery in particular however, is taking some extra time to spotlight the origin story of the hop by creating special small batch brews using the hops from a single source where relationships have been forged … Continued

Wild American

In some ways, hops are the puritans of your beer.  Of European heritage, they are the bittering agent in your golden glory, preserving your beverage instead of your soul.  While hop varieties have certainly expanded in the last 100 years, most still have that puritanical thread running through their lineage.  Neomexicanus hops however, are purely … Continued

#ROOTCAM: Apples to Market

It goes without saying–a child changes everything.  After two years of trying to find a work/family life balance, I decided I needed to make a change and take a break from my 14-year career in social work.  I may return some day, but right now having more time with my family has been priceless; even … Continued

Highfalutin Afternoon

In a word, heavy.  There is a lot happening in the world right now that is downright weighty.  Stepping out for some air seems sensible.  Early this morning, as the sun was just starting its rise, I stood on my back porch to enjoy the new cold in the quiet of nearly dark.  It felt … Continued