Thursday, March 1, 2018 / by Jamie Batte
With lots of kids and little time, I often do my shopping in whatever grocery store is close and fast. I think this is a good idea until I get to the produce section and find the cilantro is old and wilted, the strawberries are rotten, and they are out of broccoli (this was me last week). I try to pick through to find what I can to make a *hopefully* nutritious meal for my family, then head to the store’s bakery. Only to find a similar situation with the baked goods. It is in this moment that I mentally kick myself and ask, “WHY am I not shopping at the local farmer’s market?!”
In this fast-paced, technological world we live in, visiting a farmer’s market can be a huge breath of fresh air. Almost as soon as you arrive, the atmosphere forces you to slow down, look up, breathe deeply and smile. It’s this warm sense of calm that draws you in and gives you an immediate sense of belonging. Similar to that magical feeling you experience at Disneyl ...
Monday, February 5, 2018 / by Jamie Batte
The Coffee Culture
Southern Oregon may be known for a lot of things. Some great….some not so great (you’ll have to figure those out on your own!). Off the top of their heads, a lot of people think of healthcare, car sales, and lumber when they think Southern Oregon. But any good So. Or resident—once they stop and think—would tell you that when they think of home, they think of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Drive thru’s on every other corner and quaint, cozy shops on the others. Most with coffee beans roasted locally and selections and variety you just won’t find anywhere else.
Seattle may be known as the coffee capital of the nation, but (in my opinion), that’s only because they have the most Starbucks per capita in the country (and “they” haven’t been to Southern Oregon). And really, what makes having a Starbucks on every corner that desirable? I drink my fair share of Starbucks, but, frankly, it’s one veined, an ...
Monday, January 1, 2018 / by Jamie Batte
I was recently asked what I think is important to me as a mom when it comes to where I choose to live and raise my family. After putting some thought into it, I was able to sum it up in one word: Diversity. No, I don’t really mean ethnic diversity, although, I am all for living in a diverse culture and ensuring that my children grow up knowing and befriending people of many different races… but what I’m really referring to is diversity in a much broader sense of the word.
The world we live in is rapidly moving into an ever-changing modern age. It believe it’s important for children to know and at the very least to be familiar with the modern world/technology. However, as one who grew up just before the “tech-takeover,” I see incredible value in what would now be considered an old fashioned way of living and thinking. I want my kids to experience life without a device in their hand and a screen in front of their face. I want my kids to know the peac ...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 / by Jamie Batte
When you think Southern Oregon, what comes to mind? Technology? No? I didn’t think so. A Google search and visits to popular websites commonly turn up words like, “beautiful, vineyards, Crater Lake, fishing, and hiking” and a survey of my personal Facebook friends resulted in, “coffee, Lithia, timber, medical field and winery.” This is all good and fine, after all, I love a good cup of coffee on my drive past the vineyards to go fish and hike at the beautiful Crater Lake (can you fish at Crater Lake?!). On the other hand, if my interests lie in seeing a bright future and booming economy in Southern Oregon, I think a different approach is desperately needed.
“The coming decades are going to see tech companies swallow just about every other job and industry…The only way for companies to survive will be to become tech companies themselves and the only way for individuals to find jobs will be to innovate and incorporate some of the latest tech in ...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 / by Jamie Batte
I have five kids. Five. So naturally, when Friday night rolls around, I am READY to get out of the house! I’ve been married to Stephan for almost nine years now and I knew it was love when I found out he had taken on the Big Texan Steakhouse challenge (contestant 8396) and won. Not that I encourage over-eating… but I do dearly love to eat out. And so does he.
We have a thing for McGrath’s. Please, don’t mock. We’re in our mid-thirties and we do get a kick out of being the youngest folks in the restaurant most nights. But that’s not why we go. The food is incredible! Even the fountain drinks (being a root beer connoisseur, myself) are better than most places. So, as we hit the road last night, we gravitated toward McGraths. I think we both felt a little pathetic for rarely trying something different and Stephan suggested trying the new Larks in the Commons downtown (at the old Red Lion). I was hesitant… I knew the Larks in Ashland was good, b ...