OCTOBER 27, 2017
THE EVERGREEN STATE famous for apples and coffee
Entertainer Taylor Hicks tastes his way across Washington State on a mission to create a plate of its most iconic foods. First, Taylor heads to the shoreline to dig up the locally loved geoduck, a huge and strange-looking clam. Then, he catches a Coho salmon, which is grilled on a cedar plank and served with stewed apples harvested from a public orchard. Dessert is fresh-picked raspberries, baked in a tart and accompanied by an artfully poured espresso drink from the nation’s coffee capital. It’s a heaping helping of The Evergreen State, piled high with its weird, scrumptious, and aromatic foods.
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Chelsea Farms co-owners Shina Wysocki and Kyle Lentz at Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in downtown Olympia. Steve Bloom
What brought an ‘American Idol’ winner to Olympia? Geoducks, of course
BY ABBY SPEGMAN
OCTOBER 07, 2017
If you had to pick a food that represents all that Washington cuisine has to offer, what would it be?
Folks behind the television show “State Plate” picked the geoduck, and they visited Chelsea Farms in Olympia to get a taste for an episode airing later this month.
The series — hosted by former “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks on the family entertainment network INSP — highlights states’ most iconic foods. Think crabs in Maryland, potatoes in Idaho.
“It was totally random — I think they found us on Instagram or Facebook — but we got a call from them saying they wanted to come,” said Shina Wysocki, co-owner of Chelsea Farms.
Hicks and crew visited the 30-year-old farm in July to harvest geoducks. Later they filmed at Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, which opened in December in downtown Olympia.
“(Hicks) was right down in the mud getting totally disgusting,” Wysocki said. “Then he came back to our restaurant and watched our chef clean them and prepare them all different ways for his crew to taste.”
Washington’s episode, airing at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 on INSP, also features coho salmon grilled on a cedar plank, stewed apples, raspberry tart and “an artfully poured espresso drink,” according to the network, which is touting it like this: “It’s a heaping helping of The Evergreen State, piled high with its weird, scrumptious, and aromatic foods.”
Wysocki said despite its appearance, the geoduck was a hit.
“Geoduck is delicious. It’s incredibly mild, it’s about the opposite of how it looks,” she said. “It’s clean and sweet and mild, definitely well received.”
A Little Taylor; A Little Big GeoDuck .
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Puyallup farm featured on ‘State Plate’ TV show for its raspberries
BY ALLISON NEEDLES
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OCTOBER 17, 2017 12:47 PM
Around this time of year, Picha Farms in Puyallup is known for its pumpkins and its corn maze.
But its raspberries are also stealing the spotlight this October.
Picha Farms raspberries will be featured on “State Plate,” a television show hosted by former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. Every season, Hicks assembles plates in different states that reflect that state’s famous foods and flavors.
HOSTED BY FORMER AMERICAN IDOL WINNER TAYLOR HICKS, “STATE PLATE” FOLLOWS HICKS AS HE TRAVELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ASSEMBLE DISHES THAT REPRESENT EACH STATE’S FAMOUS FOODS AND FLAVORS.
When the second season of his show brought him to Washington state, Hicks wanted to seek out locally grown raspberries as part of the dessert portion of the plate he created.
His quest led him to Dan and Russ Picha, owners of Picha Farms.
When they were initially contacted for the show, the two brothers were excited.
“We thought it was pretty cool,” said Dan, 62.
As a farmer, Russ said that it made sense for raspberries to be a part of Washington’s plate.
“Washington is the top-selling state in the nation for raspberries,” said Russ, 55.
With the brothers on board, Hicks and his crew visited Picha’s Berry Farm at 6502 52nd St. E. in July. At first, Dan and Russ weren’t sure of what to expect when the crew arrived bright and early at 6 a.m., but the brothers’ crews were already out harvesting the raspberries, which grow on about 10 out of the farm’s 60 acres. During raspberry season from the end of June to the end of the July, crews harvest every day between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“They were in the mix of daily activities,” Dan said about the production crew.
For the last 10 years, Picha Farms has done a “U-Pick,” where customers can come pick their own batch of berries. Hicks got to experience that, too.
“We got to pick the raspberries right off the vine and they were bursting with flavor,” Hicks said.
Dan and Russ said they never experienced TV like this before, but at the end of the day it was a fun experience. Savory and Sweet Catering Company in Puyallup shared its raspberry tarts made with Picha Farms raspberries with the “State Plate” crew, and the brothers showed them around Puyallup while sharing their family’s legacy.
Dan and Russ are the third generation to carry on Picha Farms, which was established in 1904 by their grandfather. Their father carried on the tradition and now Dan and Russ do the same, providing locally fresh pumpkins and berries. Growing up, they spent a lot of time out working at the farm.
“That was our way of life,” Dan said. “It could be hard to get up in the summer, but at the end of the day it was rewarding.”
“I don’t think we’d be here if we didn’t like it,” Russ added.
And they don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Even as their farm is now half of what it used to do, they plan to continue the tradition for as long as they can. Now, they split their time between working at the farm and teaching in the Puyallup School District. A teacher for 38 years, Dan teaches social studies at Puyallup High School. Russ teaches science at Aylen Junior High, and has been a teacher for 33 years.
“Teaching keeps us connected to the community,” Russ said.
Russ and Dan said they’re both excited to watch the Washington “State Plate” episode, which premieres at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 on INSP, a family-entertainment television network based in Charlotte, North Carolina that is available nationwide to more than 83 million households. The episode also features food from University Place, Olympia and Seattle.
“It was really awesome that they contacted us to represent the raspberry version of their plate,” Dan said. “We’re excited to see how they project our farm.”
They said Hicks was fun to work with and really entertaining. Hicks agreed.
“They were great guys, (and) very knowledgeable,” Hicks said about Dan and Russ.
Hicks said it was his first time visiting Puyallup and he loved the views, which are much different than what he was used to growing up in Alabama.
“Hopefully not my last (time in Puyallup),” Hicks said. “The Valley’s cool ... Had a blast.”
3. Geoducks meet Tenseltown http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/a ... ideo-embed
4. Visiting a local market:
Chelsea Farms http://chelseafarms.net/
The Puget Sound is the home of the Geoduck, a rare and unusual " walkin' on the wild side" tradition in Washington State.
The word Geoduck, a Nisqualli Tribe name , mean dig deep and that is how you must harvest these monstrous clams. The baby clam is planted in a pc pipe tube stuck into the ground .
This is where the clam matures until someone takes a hose with water and shoots it down into the clam hole. You put your arm down the hole and pull out the geoduck .
Most geoducks are about 2 lbs each.
You can serve this treat pesce crudo , in chowder, or fried ......... The appetizer above is served crudo ( raw ) with some sliced veggies and roe with Kimchi Brine.
Entrée: Coho Salmon
Salt Patrol – Capt. John Keizer http://saltpatrol.com/contact/capt-johns-bio/
The top game fish in Washington , the different varieties of salmon are caught as they travel upstream. They are hungry and ready to bite. Many varieties of salmon are in these Pacific waters, the coho, sockeye, chum , and chinook You drop a line into the water and let it drift until a fish bites...........reel 'er in.
You can serve coho salmon in different ways, but smoked on a cedar plank that has been soaked is a great way . Add salt and pepper .
Taylor went fishing on the "Salt Patrol" Boat ...............
Side 1: Stewed Apples
Curran Apple Orchard http://www.curranappleorchard.com/
Many varieties of apples are available in Washington. Gently twist
the ripe apple from the stem so the other apples won't fall off the tree.
Peel your apples, put sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon on them and saute them in butter until soft and caramelized ( about 20 minutes ) .......Delish
Side 2: Coffee
Espresso Vivace Espresso Vivace is a Seattle area coffee shop and roaster known for its high quality of coffee and roasting practices.
Putting the espresso into the container: He rotates it into the container and then places it into the espresso machine
Espresso coffee is the basis for most coffee drinks. The amount of espresso and the amount of steamed milk determines the type of coffee drink...... ie. latte, cappuccino , etc.
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Dessert: Raspberry Tart
Picha’s Farm http://www.pichafarms.com/
90% of Red Raspberries in the U.S. are grown in Washington State. These raspberries right off the vine are really tasty says Taylor
If ripe, the stems will remain on the vine when you gently pull off the red berry .
Put into a pie crust a custard and the raspberries and bake.
Entree and side:
FUN FOOD FACTS :
1. The Geoduck is the mascot for Evergreen College in Washington State .
Very amusing video : https://www.youtube.com/embed/w1KUtOQZPQE
2. How To Clean a Geoduck
3. The coffee artistry you see in a cup of coffee is designed with great skill...........It is all in the pour of the steamed milk.
4. Taylor showing off his catch of the day : Coho Salmon