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Fruit of the Vine....

Yesterday, we spent a lovely day with gymgeek's parents, in search of produce.

We'd decided to go to Yakima, simply because it's a nice drive and you can get more produce for the buck over on the sunny side of the mountains. I was in search of tomatoes, mostly, being on this spaghetti sauce and salsa kick. But peaches and other things would be acceptable as well, if prices were good.

We weren't exactly sure where to go---we'd heard rumors that Kruegger's Pepper Farm wasn't all that it used to be (and it's true, for a good reason. Mr. Kruegger died a year or so ago, and they've closed their operation). We stopped at the little Visitor's center, just past the "Welcome to Yakima, The Palm Springs of Washington" sign (would I lie about a sign like that?) for some inspiration. We found the Yakima Valley Winery Tour guide, and the Valley Agricultural Guide.

Armed with our new information, we headed for our first stop, Sagelands Winery (hey, it was on the way to the produce). We joined the wine club, and bought some wine...and headed to another winery (again, on the way to where the produce was!). Windy Point Winery just opened this spring--the tasting room is a table in the corner of their warehouse--but you can see that they're going to have a magnificent facility next year. Add a couple bottles to the box. Bonaire Winery is known for its mead, which was quite yummy, and we bought some nice red wine there, too. From here, we did find the highly recommended produce place (which we probably wouldn't have found without directions....one little sign off the old Yakima Valley Highway pointed us off into the Zillah wilderness to Jones Produce. 4 boxes of tomatoes, a bag of jalepeno's, 2 turban squash (one is already named "Pie"), a big butternut squash, peaches and an apple for us. At least that much produce for John's folks.

But look! A sign for Portteus, the winery supposedly known for it's big, bold reds....And their wonderful port. Yum. And sharing a tasting room with Portteus was Paradiso del Sol Winery. Bonus, two wineries with one stop!

It was lots of fun. We had the back of the land rover filled with produce and wine and had a lovely drive.

And it rained. The air smelled so heavenly. Rain.
Seattle went 61 days with temperatures reaching at least 70, and very little percepitation. A week of rain is a nice break.

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hiddeneye
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
Yesterday was Pickle Day. My friend, MJ, and I canned 40lbs of cucumbers. Dill spears and Bread 'n' Butter pickles....

Pickles are much easier than jam/jelly.
sisterfish
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
If you're bored this week, feel free to come up and help chop, slice and dice as we turn these tomatoes into salsa and spaghetti sauce!

It's going to be canning central in our kitchen.

I'm hoping for pickles later in the month!

hiddeneye
Sep. 9th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
cukes are almost done, down here. are they still available in seattle?
sisterfish
Sep. 10th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Probably another week or two, at least, I hope.



hopeyhopey
Sep. 9th, 2003 07:31 am (UTC)
Are you guys going to come out to the ranch on Saturday or Sunday for more wine tasting and to see the garden? The lilies are blooming spectacularly. Also, Lee reiterated the offer for you guys to stay overnight if you want. Remember, we've got a hot tub out here. :)
sisterfish
Sep. 9th, 2003 10:32 am (UTC)
eeks. I totally forgot to put it on the calendar, and we have commitments all day on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon.

Maybe Friday the 19th to Saturday the 20th? I need to be back in town about 5 on Saturday afternoon.

The weekend after that is still totally open. (isn't being busy fun?)

Eeks.
hopeyhopey
Sep. 12th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
I keep forgetting to respond to this! Next weekend is out because Lee has a wedding with lodging. This weekend was so perfect because there's no weddings, just the art/wine fest, and thus no lodging. Also, I think I'm staying in Seattle next weekend to get some stuff done at home. The following weekend (26-28) I think we were planning to celebrate Lee's birthday, as well as enjoy the first completely free weekend in months. I'll ask him if he wants company that weekend, though.
sisterfish
Sep. 12th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
Nah, we won't impose on a totally free weekend.
Those are awfully rare and hard to come by.

We can still get out there in October.
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