Herbed Polenta with Spring Veggie Hash

by Savory Spice • Bend – Old Mill District 375 SW Powerhouse Dr., Bend • 541-306-6855 Ingredients 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed 1 cup fresh or frozen shelled peas 2 cups milk 2 cups water 1 cup polenta (coarse-ground cornmeal) 1 1/2 Tbsp. Herbes de Provence 1 1/2 tsp. Sel Marin de Guerande Grey Sea Salt, divided (plus more to taste) Fresh ground black pepper, to taste 4 oz. Brie cheese, rind trimmed off and diced…


Go Hive Yourself

by Jennifer Sawyer of Go Hive Yourself I don’t like to refer to myself as a “beekeeper” nowadays as that description feels like it leans towards a keeper of bees using commercial management methods — which I did for a couple of years. My views have changed drastically since my days of ten frame Langstroth boxes with foundation (prefabricated comb) to aid in my maintenance and routine hive checks, regularly scraping off all of the…


Choosing Your Soil Amendments

by KEEGAN UHLER Owner/Operator of Desert Sage Farms Superior Soils, Bend Farming and gardening in Central Oregon can be challenging due to many conditions from the ground up. Most of Central Oregon has young volcanic ash top soil, thus lacking the fundamental elements for successful harvests. Healthy living soil is the foundation for successful gardening. Houses with strong foundations help maintain their integrity through the uncertainty of what Mother Nature has to offer, as does…


Planted — A Sustainable Lifestyle

by CHAD BERG, Executive Chef at Deschutes Brewery Farming is an integral piece of the American economy, therefore it follows that plants are an integral part of not only the economy, but our everyday lives. We all love farmer’s markets, roadside stands and our local market’s produce section. Many of us grow our own with backyard gardens. Is there anything better than harvesting your own carrots, peas or greens? Plants have always been a part…


Asparagus Salad

by Brian Kerr, Owner of Central Oregon Restaurant Consulting Ingredients 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs 2/3 cup lightly toasted walnuts, chopped 1-2 tsp lemon zest, fine Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Crushed red pepper 1.5 lbs very thin asparagus 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup basil leaves, chopped Parsley and mint, chopped Extra virgin olive oil Blue de auvergne Directions Combine the crumbs, walnuts, zest, salt pepper and CRP. Toss well. Add the asparagus,…


Sprouting Up in Bend

Farm Fresh at Your Fingertips by NATHANIEL COX, Founder & CEO of Sprout I started my career as a Chef and Pastry Chef in Sydney Australia, 1999. It was a time of food fascination and the birth of Chef Rockstardom that still lives on today. The blood, sweat and tears of the culinary scene at that time is the backbone for all things chefy today. After 17 years of globetrotting and using my culinary talents…


The Science in the Soil

by Clare Sullivan, OSU Extension Agronomist, Small Farms & Specialty Crops The Importance of Soil A lot of people are surprised to learn that soil science is a profession, and a little confused about where “studying dirt” could get you in life. This is understandable, considering most of us were taught to not drag dirt through the house, rather than to pick up handfuls of soil and evaluate its potential. However, many farmers and gardeners,…


Summer 2019 Editorial

When I talk to people about why they garden, usually the word ‘healthy’ is mentioned in the conversation. We want the healthiest food to give us the best chance at achieving our maximum potential to be the healthiest person possible. So then, as gardeners, shouldn’t we apply that same thought process to the food that we feed the plants in our garden? Are we feeding our plants the healthiest diet they need to achieve their…


The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made by Beginning Greenhouse Gardeners

by Jason Stuck of Growing Spaces As an enthusiast gardener wanting to extend your growing season, the right greenhouse can provide a safe, protected space for your dream garden. Greenhouse gardening allows you to enjoy fresh produce, herbs, flowers and even trees whenever your outside garden isn’t viable. Imagine having a warm, vibrant oasis teeming with life right in your backyard while it snows outside! A reliable greenhouse that will last you many seasons can…


The Blank Page

by Brian Kerr, Executive Chef, Deschutes Brewery & Public House What could possibly be more daunting, or more exciting, than a blank sheet of paper? That is how I feel when theses cold weather months come to the Central Oregon region; what am I going to serve? What do I cook for family? How far do I want my food to travel before it gets to me? Can I really live without tomatoes for six…