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  • Wild summer plants to balance the state of the season - By Jacqueline Thompson The Cascades truly blossom into their namesake in summer, as water rushes from glaciated peaks to feed the land and wild plants. For foragers and herbalists, summer in the Northwest is not simply abundant – it is totally epic. Sixteen-hour days hyper power a flurry of plant activity. Plant nerds stuff their […]
  • BelleWood Distilling - Story and photos by Pat Grubb Every school kid growing up knows the story of Johnny Appleseed and how he wandered around Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana in the late 1700s sowing apple seeds wide and far. What a guy, everyone thinks. Well, that happy fable is bit of a stretch. First, he didn’t spread seeds […]
  • ‘Tis the Season: Recipes for hot, spiked drinks - By Amy Gibson Winter is a quiet time in nature, when life has retreated into roots and seeds, saving energy for the promise of sun. The forest is a dripping place that holds hints of what will come in spring. I find good practice in mimicking nature’s inactivity – I think of my desire to […]
  • Herbal and healing tea from foraged plants - By Amy Gibson For many, summer is a time to relax, slow down, and enjoy the warm season of our lives. One way I’ve found to enjoy these months while slowing my roll is to incorporate fresh foraged plants into my tea-drinking habit. I take a walk, find plants for my tea, watch their growth […]
  • Getting Started With Spring Foraging - By Amy Gibson As winter winds down, green life emerges in the forest once again. You may notice foragers off-trail, filling baskets with robust leaves, bright flowers and small berries. Perhaps you’ve caught a bit of their fever and are curious about the plants surrounding us in this bountiful part of the world. To harvest […]
  • Rome Grocery - A place infused with an “underlying really good feeling.” By Oliver Lazenby Megan and Noah Westgate are ready for you to know they own Rome Grocery. That wasn’t the case in 2013, the year they bought the little store between Bellingham and Deming on the Mt. Baker Highway. “The first six to 12 months we […]
  • Cold Days, Hot Toddies - By Kara Furr While I’m all for a good Tom and Jerry on a cold winter day, so many more hot cocktails are just as perfect to curl up with after playing out in the snow. Here are six drink recipes to warm you up this winter. Mulled wine (Makes six servings) 1 bottle good […]
  • Now we’re cooking with fire - The art of cooking over an open flame By Jason D. Martin I used to hate campfires. They’re dirty. They make your clothes smell bad. They’re a lot of work. And they’re kind of dangerous. But then I started camping with my children and I rediscovered the fun, warmth and social value of a campfire. […]
  • Craft beer explosion - If you can see Mt. Baker, you’re not far from a great brewery, and more are on the way. By Aubrey Laurence It’s hard to believe that just about eight years ago, Bellingham only had one brewery. Since then, the breweries-per-capita ratio has improved quite a bit. The city now has six operating breweries (Boundary Bay, […]
  • Backcountry Chili - An excellent chili recipe for high-calorie days in the backcountry.

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  • Meal Prep and Pocket Bacon: Eat well in the backcountry this winter - By Mike McCartan The smoke near Winthrop was unbearable and the fire rained ash on our vehicles overnight; we swept it off the windshield just to be able to see clearly. Our fire crew dealt with this constantly while trying to make loads of overtime pay to squirrel away for off-season adventures. On a lunch […]
  • BelleWood Distilling - Story and photos by Pat Grubb Every school kid growing up knows the story of Johnny Appleseed and how he wandered around Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana in the late 1700s sowing apple seeds wide and far. What a guy, everyone thinks. Well, that happy fable is bit of a stretch. First, he didn’t spread seeds […]
  • Dream job: Local authors pair beer and hiking trails - By Oliver Lazenby Five years ago, Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood noticed a lack of travel guides that combined their favorite things – hiking trails and breweries. They knew they weren’t alone in their enthusiasm for getting outside and enjoying a beer at the end of the day. So, with their background in photography and […]
  • Local beer doesn’t just mean brewed locally - Some local brewers are stretching the limits of local beer and discovering that the Northwest is full of ingredients. By Aubrey Laurence There’s something special about cooking and baking with local ingredients, especially when they’re harvested in the backyard, foraged on a hike or bought from a nearby farm. It’s a gratifying connection to the […]
  • Paraty Spirits: Making liquor on half a shoestring - Story and photos by Pat Grubb Sam Hassan mixed his first cocktail when he was a 17-year-old and still living in Brazil. The drink was a batida, Portuguese for shaken or milkshake but can also refer to a car crash which is fitting considering it usually involves a heavy slug of cachaça. With an alcohol […]
  • Snowshoes and Brews: Destinations for winter trails and beer - By Brandon Fralic When the lowlands succumb to sogginess and the highlands are buried in snow, there’s one thing that gets me through Northwest winters: beer. Warmer winter brews provide comfort from the cold. And because moderate outdoor activity effectively cancels out the calories – with the added benefits of fresh air and sunlight – […]
  • ‘Tis the Season: Recipes for hot, spiked drinks - By Amy Gibson Winter is a quiet time in nature, when life has retreated into roots and seeds, saving energy for the promise of sun. The forest is a dripping place that holds hints of what will come in spring. I find good practice in mimicking nature’s inactivity – I think of my desire to […]
  • New restaurant in Maple Falls wants you to put it in your mouth hole - If you’re looking for a new dining experience on your way up to Baker, it’s worthwhile stopping in Maple Falls again. The people at Mt. Baker Mouth Hole will be happy to serve you with a smile and a cold one. Partners Jesse Owen and Jessi Benson opened the doors in the fall and word […]
  • Fall Foraging: Store up for winter - By Amy Gibson As autumn approaches, plants begin to ready themselves for winter. For plants, the change in temperature causes sugars to migrate and convert into different forms with a variety of effects on the plant. Just as bears fatten up and slow down for winter, plants also prepare for a season of living on […]
  • Herbal and healing tea from foraged plants - By Amy Gibson For many, summer is a time to relax, slow down, and enjoy the warm season of our lives. One way I’ve found to enjoy these months while slowing my roll is to incorporate fresh foraged plants into my tea-drinking habit. I take a walk, find plants for my tea, watch their growth […]

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