Sometimes it’s the mundane, everyday items that bring the biggest surprises. Take juice, for instance. In season, I’m all for fresh cider from The University’s organic farm or another local producer, but things get dicey this time of year. Any citrus product has obviously been on a long journey, and here we are living in apple country. Is there, one wonders, a local option?
Enter Tree Top. Tree Top is a growers’ cooperative headquartered in Selah, Washington, just north of Yakima; by road, it’s just under 200 miles from here. This is me holding some of their outstanding product:
It’s a reasonably priced, widely available, locally produced, worker-owned product. Big win.
In contrast with the healthy nature of apple juice, I’m going next to the land of salty snacks. Specifically, potato chips. we’ve been buying Tim’s Potato Chips because they’re awesomely thick, crunch, and flavorful, plus they’re made nearby, just east of the Cascades. (Photo not available-we ate them all!) Too bad they’re part of someone else’s vast empire. You win some, you lose some.