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Communion

When I was a kid, my sister and I accompanied our mother to church on Sundays. We weren’t particularly religious; mostly we sat in the pews and flipped ahead to mark all the upcoming hymns and then sang our hearts out to “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” The doctrine never really stuck, but I came to appreciate the ritual...

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Swimming Upstream

The growth of farm-raised salmon, a practice riddled with environmental and health concerns, doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. One of the latest developments took place in November, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically-engineered (GE) Atlantic fish, green-lighting its production in land-based facilities in Canada and Panama by manufacturer AquaBounty Technologies....

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Sound Enterprise

Passionate entrepeneurs grow into savvy business owners through the Agri-peneur Program, providing small food start-ups with training, assistance, microloans, and the keys to success....

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Garden to Table

When I was a kid, we always planted a small backyard garden every year, usually just a few tomato, pepper and zucchini plants in a small space under our kitchen window. I remember how much I loved the smell of tomatoes and peppers growing on the vine, and I couldn’t wait to see the plants transform their blossoms to fruit. As small as our garden was, it was always very special walking out in the backyard and returning to the kitchen with the few ingredients we would use that same night. Something that is picked immediately when it’s ripe and eaten within hours is a totally different flavor experience....

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Carmenere

BY ANNE SAMPSON PHOTO BY BARBARA BEITO In every industry, business owners look for a way to stand out from the crowd. In the tech world, you develop the hottest new app – or the gadget to run it. Think Apple Watch. But if you grow wine grapes, you might have better luck with something old, maybe a little obscure. Something like Carmenere. That’s the path Dean Morrison followed at his Walla Walla vineyard, Morrison Lane. A bit of a contrarian, Morrison dedicated his vineyard to lesser-known grapes, like Counoise, Cinsault, and Barbera. He was one of the first in the Northwest to plant Syrah, in 1994, on four acres of his family’s farm. At the time, that grape was considered experimental in...

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A Little Night Wine

An afternoon in Woodinville offers Seattle wine lovers plenty of exposure to Washington's finest vintages. But for a deeper appreciation of the terroir that fuels the flavors, consider a night sleeping in the vineyard. It's one of the most enjoyable ways to get intimate with your favorite wine....

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Hive Mind

Husband-and-wife team Paul and Pat Perkins are the only two employees at Seattle Urban Honey, but their workers number in the millions. At any given moment, their Green Lake backyard is literally buzzing with activity, their industrious crew producing a gentle hum as they y from buckwheat to borage and back to their four colorful hives....

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CasaCano Farm

Heads down and backs bent, the two young farmers form the shape of a heart over a row of leafy greens in Valleyford, Washington. On this summery, sunlit evening, they’re harvesting just enough collard greens to give to a neighbor who has stopped by for dinner. The work isn’t nearly as strenuous as their more usual chores of filling an order for a Spokane restaurant or gathering enough produce to haul to the local farmers market. The husband and wife team, in matching rubber boots and T-shirts adorned with their farm’s logo, laugh and joke as they snap the tender stalks and the sun sinks a bit lower on the horizon....

Chef owner Thierry Rautereau prepares one of his favorite family recipes, Pot Au Feu, for Edible Seattle

Origin of a Dish

Only one dish is on Thierry Rautureau's mind when he returns to his family homestead 30 miles south of Nantes, France. Pot-au-feu. With alacrity, the Chef in the Hat recounts eating the meat and vegetable stew for the first time at age 3, proving what scientist suspect: Taste ties directly to memory....

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A Plunge into Pungent Alliums

As pumpkins appear on porches, carved into grins, think about warding off vampires – but not by hanging a necklace of garlic across your shoulders. It would be better to spike some cloves into the ground....

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My Huckleberry Friend

Unless you live in the Pacific Northwest, chances are your "experience" with huckleberries has been limited to pop culture: Huckleberry Hound of cartoon fame; "I'm your huckleberry," a 19th century slang phrase made famous by Doc Holliday; Mark Twain's character Huckleberry Finn, first introduced in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; and "my huckleberry friend" from the lyrics of "Moon River" as sung by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Huckleberries also make a darn good pie....