Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
Spring fever has special meaning for Yakima’s food lovers. With the first local harvests on the horizon, it’s time to celebrate the season with family and friends over good food. Whether you’re in the market for something special for spring entertaining or seeds, herbs and vegetable starts for your kitchen garden, you’ll find it here in the Valley.
One of the first signals spring is around the corner is the blunt green tips of asparagus peeking out of the rich Yakima Valley soil. And before you know it we will be pickling, sautéing, barbecuing and eating those delicious green spears in tamales, (a local favorite). Along with savory asparagus, the Valley will be bursting with leafy spring greens, English peas, spinach, spring garlic and more! For home cooks who find joy in cooking with harvests from their own gardens, Yakima area garden centers nurseries and specialty shops, have everything Valley gardeners need. With warmer weather, local garden shops are already busy with customers ready to plant their first spring crops. Hardy culinary herbs from thyme to lemongrass add layers of taste and personality to fresh local fare.
To enjoy the freshest produce Yakima Valley has to offer, visit one of the produce stands in the heart of the harvest.
Click here for information about local produce