Mushroom grower and local farmer bring fresh produce from the soil
Yakima's Farm-to-Table Episode 1 | Dedicated mushroom grower Michael Bennett and popular local farmer Roland Dagdagan brings fresh produce from the soil to the food stands. Editing and video by Amanda Ray Reportage by Emily Goodell and Alec Regimbal
McIlrath Family Farms fosters CSA-adjacent business for Valley locals
Yakima's Farm-to-Table Episode 2 | There is a bountiful supply of produce in the valley. But when you go to a grocery store, it's difficult to find produce that hasn't been stored for a year or more. Laura McIlrath of McIlrath Family Farms visits Krueger Pepper Gardens collecting produce for her CSA-adjacent business for Valley locals. Editing and video by Amanda Ray Reportage by Kaitlin Bain
CJ’s Custom Meats works with local ranchers and area livestock to prepare custom cuts
Yakima's Farm-to-Table Episode 3 | CJ’s Custom Meats, owned and operated by Michael Rockholt, for years has worked with local farmers, fairs and area livestock shows to butcher meat raised in the lower Valley into custom cuts that land back on local dining tables. Editing and video by Amanda Ray Reportage by Phil Ferolito
Tieton farm sets a trend by raising animals and selling homemade cheese at Tieton Creamery
Yakima's Farm-to-Table | Episode 4 | Lori and Ruth Babcock, owners of Tieton Farm and Creamery, own 21 acres raising several farm animals including goats and sheep, kept primarily for their milk. Their goats and sheep supply the milk that goes into their daily made cheese. Editing and video by Amanda Ray Reportage by Tammy Ayer
Yakima's Provisions Restaurant & Market bridges farm-to-table with local produce
Yakima's Farm-to-Table Episode 5 | Provisions Restaurant & Market executive chef and general manager Lindsay Park uses local produce from the Yakima Valley to create inspired and delicious dishes. Editing and video by Amanda Ray Video by Oliver Hamlin Reportage by Miles J. Oliver
On the Bar: Muddy story or not, Old Pal is tasty
SCENE editor and writer Pat Muir makes an Old Pal cocktail in style. Check out the recipe below. Old Pal 1 ounce rye 1 ounce dry vermouth 1 ounce Campari Orange peel garnish Stir liquid ingredients with ice in mixing glass, 20-30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist orange peel over surface of glass and drop it in. Note: While this equal-parts version is the traditional recipe, most modern versions include more rye, with many going up to a 2-to-1-to-1 ratio. Try it both ways and see how you like it. Editing and video by Amanda Ray and Jake Parrish Bartending by Pat Muir
Meet the top eight finalists of the Enterprise Challenge. A business plan competition for new businesses in Yakima and Kittitas counties. These businesses started with an idea. An idea to solve a problem. To make people’s lives easier. To make life a little more beautiful. These business owners have a vision. And by articulating their vision, they now have a chance to vie for $17,500 in cash prizes to make their vision more of a reality. Editing and video by Amanda Ray Video by Oliver Hamlin Reportage by Mai Hoang
The Growth Gap - The faces of child care with Lorena Miranda
Lorena Miranda is a Yakima-based in-home child care provider, mother and grandmother. She’s also a representative of in-home child care providers for the state’s union, SEIU Local 925. Miranda opened her own child care program, Nani’s Child Care, four years ago. A long-time friend who is also a Yakima-based provider helped introduce her to the business. She worked at her friend’s program for a time and found out about the union through her. Miranda said one of the biggest challenges for her in becoming an in-home child care provider was adjusting to the limitations on house visitors after becoming licensed. But the sacrifice has been worth it, she said. The Growth Gap is a bilingual series with the Yakima Herald-Republic on how Washington state’s declining child care sector is edging out young learners. The series zeroes in on how this impacts children, families, providers and our economy here in Central Washington – with an emphasis on long-term outcomes for early learners.
Evaristo Junior Salas has spent the last 24 years in prison for a 1995 crime, his family shares hope for a new trial
After 24 years in prison, Evaristo Junior Salas still claims he was wrongfully convicted in a 1995 crime. Salas was 15 years old when he was arrested and charged for the murder of Jose Arreola. During his time in prison, Salas began visiting the law library and discovered findings that questioned the integrity of the case. Today, his family share stories about how Salas spent the next 15 years writing letters to lawyers and legal groups in hopes of finding someone willing to review his case.
Professional Yakima MMA fighter Kelly “Skittles” Clayton, "Life is too short to not be happy"
Professional 135lb. MMA Kelly “Skittles” Clayton made a decision to find herself, a journey that led her grappling, kicking and punching opponents in a cage. Watch as she trains outdoors, at the pool, and at the gym under Rich Guerin with Yakima MMA. Clayton is ranked blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu representing Sylvio Behring USA.
Women of Camp Hope create a sense of community with Good Girls Club
The goals are inspiring: Establish a sense of safety, a feeling of being connected and have a voice. Meet the Good Girls Club, a group of homeless women at Camp Hope who have unified not only in support one another, but to establish a sense of community during some of the most challenging times of their lives. They often meet as a group where they can talk about problems, share ideas and plan activities for the entire homeless encampment, where more than 60 men and woman live in military style tents behind the former Kmart near East Nob Hill Boulevard and Interstate 82.