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Everyday Business: Hilltop store high on local fruit, products

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Longtime Wenatchee orchardists Tim and Alice Meyer have taken the retail leap with their snazzy new Hilltop Harvest Barn, a roadside store in Quincy that sells local fruit and a bunch of other products made in the region.

One of our orchards fronted the highway, so we thought, ‘Heck, let’s do it,’” said Tim. “It’s been a fun adventure so far.”

The hilltop mentioned in the store’s name is that long climb (heading east) on Highway 28 right before the Quincy Rest Area. At the crest of the slope, you’ll see the new store on the left.

What you might not notice from the road is that the store, which opened in May, is chock-full of local, seasonal fruit and fruit products. It also carries Quincy wines (yep, only Quincy wines), farm fresh eggs, a few regional beers, Aplets & Cotlets, Little River toffee-covered popcorn and other snacks.

Two must-try products:

Winegars Homemade Ice Cream, made in Ellensburg and boasting exotic flavors that include amaretto with black cherries and chocolate chips, cheesecake with blueberry swirl, coconut with brownies and caramel, maple with chocolate chip and mint flakes. Well, you get the idea — yummy.

Quench Body Products, based in Quincy, produces soaps, scrubs, lotions and butters and other goodies that keep the skin moisturized. Such as, Coconut Lime Tussah Silk & Shea Butter Soap.

We’ve tried to find the best of the best when it comes to local products,” said Tim. “We think customers will be pleased when they discover us on the hill.”

Details: Hilltop Harvest Barn, 10086 Road U.7 NW, Quincy. (You can see the store from Highway 28.) Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 787-2276. See their Facebook page, keywords: hilltop harvest barn).

Have you heard … ?

The Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee hosts its very own farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, July through October, in space A-4 (directly across from Bath & Body Works). This coming Tuesday, local chef Richard Kitos kicks off a series of free cooking demonstrations using ingredients plucked directly from the market. For more info, call the mall at 884-6645.

Pucker up your tannin-sensitive tastebuds for Tech Stomp, the annual wine bash hosted by the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance. It’ll be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the beautiful Saint Laurent Estate Winery in Malaga. You’ll need to RSVP soon, however, by calling GWATA at 661-9000 or visiting gwata.org.

Badger Mountain Brewing reported last week that it’s new IPA — the first from its own 15-barrel brew system — was on tap and ready to slurp. Its perfect timing (beer with 100-degree temps) may mean the entire batch has already been downed by bicyclists taking a sweaty break from the nearby Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail. Saw a flock of them there last week. Badger and its partner Country Boys BBQ are located at 1 Orondo Ave. 888-2234.

Don’t look! On Wednesday, two banks are expected to consumate their merger (that’s financial love talk). Glacier Bank out of Kalispell, Mont., will finalize its purchase of North Cascades National Bank, based in Chelan, in a $29.3 million deal in stock and cash. NCNB execs said in March that the bank’s local customers will benefit from the resulting increase in lending limits ($4 million to $140 million) and expansion of service to more than 100 bank branches in western states.

Your overwhelming sense of relief may be due to the Start button’s return to Windows 8. No? Well, believe it or not, millions of users of the Windows 8 operating system griped about its disappearance, so Microsoft put it back on the desktop. That factoid and others are included in a geeky but thorough blog entry on Windows 8.1 posted last week by Key Methods, the Wenatchee tech consulting and software development company. See the full post at http://ow.ly/nkrFD.

This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or irwin@wenatcheeworld.com.

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business or follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.

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