Located in the heart of Washington lies one of the state’s newest, and most beautiful, American viticulture areas: Lake Chelan. The area, named Washington’s largest natural lake, is a stunning centerpiece for the county and for about thirty of the region’s wineries that are sprinkled around its glittering edges. With 30 more located countywide, the […]

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(continued from part II) Lewis’ grandmother still runs her mandarin business, and her uncle — Duane’s brother — runs his too. While they own their separate establishments, Duane Lewis says they often collaborate on ideas and best practices for improving their businesses. “It’s a family thing. My dad was raised on an almond orchard, so […]

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(continued from part I) During peak season, these semi-retirees work seven days a week and ten or more hours a day — and no two days are alike. But one thing is for sure: weather plays a heavy factor on the daily tasks. According to Lewis, mandarin farmers “like it when it’s clear and cold, because […]

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When the November sun rises above Rattlesnake Bar in Newcastle, CA, its glorious rays reach out to kiss the abundance of “mountain candy” growing throughout the foothills. That sweet deliciousness is the Satsuma mandarin at its prime, and growing it in their prime are the owners of both Newcastle Mandarin Ranch and North Fork Mandarins. […]

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(Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing daily column addressing the challenges Artisan Purveyors face when bringing a product to market and working on expanding that market. It can be hair-curling.) Halloween is here. And with it comes visions of holiday shopping and a re-appearance of the Christmas gift list. Halloween is the gateway holiday to Thanksgiving, […]

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