By 2:00 p.m. on a September day Elise Bauman has visited an onion farmer's field, she's lifted a few hundred watermelons into bins and at least a thousand ears of corn. She's driven from Salem to Molalla and back, and made two stops already at Marion Polk Food Share. She'll soon drive north to run the final harvest of the day, pears from pollinator trees in a commercial orchard.
What she hasn't done is stopped to eat.
A tall figure in floral-printed rain boots, Bauman seems to generate energy...
Redhawk Winery workers pick grapes in the fields on Sept. 27, 2018 in West Salem. The grapes are ready to be picked between September and November. Salem Statesman Journal
"Purple rain, purple rain..."
Prince blares from a boom box propped on a paper towel dispenser, competing with a beeping forklift and the hum of a grape crusher-destemmer.
The air is thick with the sweet aroma of fermentation as the harvest crew at Cristom Vineyards moves as busily as the yellow jackets that swarm, drawn to...
Two longstanding Salem restaurants, Brown's Towne Lounge and Croissant & Co. both reopen this week, freshly updated.
Brown's Towne Restaurant & Lounge: A New Location
Ten year old bar and restaurant Brown's Towne Lounge has moved from their original home in the Reed Opera House. A few storefronts down their new space is located at 145 Liberty St. NE, previously occupied by Alsham Mediterranean Restaurant, which closed earlier this year.
The move represents a major increase in space for the bu...
(Photo: ANNA REED / Statesman Journal)
ABOUT RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS
This is a snapshot of the inspections conducted by the Marion and Polk County health departments.
Twice annually, licensed restaurants receive unannounced inspections that focus on food temperatures, food preparation practices, worker hygiene, dish-washing and sanitizing, and equipment and facility cleanliness.
Violations: Restaurant scores are based on a 100-point scale. Priority violations deduct 5 points, and priority foun...
Your Veterans Day beverage: Warfighter Pale Ale benefits nonprofit organization Warfighter Outfitters
This story has been updated with additional retail locations.
Raise a glass this Veterans Day with a beer that gives back.
Sisters-based Three Creeks Brewing has released Warfighter Pale Ale. The cans are emblazoned with a waving American flag, stamped with the tagline “Drink Beer, Support Veterans.”
The beer is named for Warfighter Outfitters, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by Brett Miller, an Army Sergeant who retired from the military after being seriously injured in Iraq.
Bigwig Donuts officially opens their downtown Salem storefront at 111 Liberty Street NE on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.. Visitors to their regular Friday morning pop-up at Archive Coffee & Bar got a little preview, however, from a soft-opening in the new space today.
Owner Mark Davis took orders at one end of a long counter while, at the other end, his wife Katie Davis of Ponderosa & Thyme, griddled and glazed donut holes as fast as she could.
The new storefront is a scaled-up ver...
(Photo: Emily Teel/Statesman Journal)
If you haven't been inside Ritter's Housemade Foods in a while, you're in for a surprise. Since early April, changes have been taking place in the morning hours before the restaurant opens for the day. On May 1 sister-brother duo Jessica and Mike Ritter officially transitioned their two-and-a-half-year-old eatery into a new version of itself.
A big, beautiful bar
The biggest and most noticeable change inside Ritter's is a new bar.
The Ritters took on the ...
Three of Salem's four locations of regional Mexican food franchise Muchas Gracias have closed and reopened with a new identity.
They made their debut as Habaneros Mexican Food on Feb. 6. Ownership remains the same, but the restaurants have a new (albeit very similar) menu including burritos, tacos, nachos, fries, tortas and combination plates.
Die-hard Muchas Gracias fans will find that the West Salem location at 710 Wallace Road NW remains unchanged, as does the location in Keizer at 3861 Ri...
A sweet start to the week, Bearscat Bakehouse opened their doors at 190 High Street for the first time on Monday morning, June 24. Manager Jazz Renner welcomed the bakery's first guests on behalf of North Dakota-based owners Tina and Kevin Cavanagh.
The Cavanaghs opened the first location of Bearscat in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2011. Then a full-service bakery, they offered muffins, cookies and other items, but since then doughnuts have become their signature focus. In the following years, t...
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