Join us for the HEARTH Makealong!

Join us for the HEARTH Taproot Makealong! It's easy, all you need to do to join is make something from the Hands section of HEARTH, and share it with us for a chance at the crafty grand prize (pictured above).

~ Make anything from HEARTH, Issue 25 of Taproot. Knit, sew, bake, create, whatever your passion is, go for it! 

~ Post your progress and finished creations on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #taprootmakealong

We'll draw a winner from the posted photos April 1, and send the grand prize off to the lucky winner! The grand prize includes: a 6 Issue Subscription to Taproot Magazine, A HEARTH Shawl Kit (details below), Taproot Ceramic Mug, Grow Create Inspire, The Notions ShopMAKE, Volume 1 and some goodies from the Holiday Pop Up Shop! 

We hope you'll join us! 


HEARTH Shawl Kit Hearthstone Wrap by Amanda Hester Smith

The pattern for this shawl can be found in Issue 25::HEARTH. The project bag has the yarn you need to create one wrap. The skeins come wrapped in the perfect bag for keeping your project tidy made from organic cotton and screenprinted by Evan Webster Ink.

February 19, 2018 by Amanda Soule

Issue 25 :: HEARTH now available!

Our first issue of 2018 is now available ~ Issue 25 :: HEARTH!

woodstove cooking / mulling / maple sugaring / knit shawl / tea blends for immunity / bow drill making / unschooling

February 07, 2018 by Amanda Soule

2018 Taproot Cover Artist ~  Abigail Halpin!

We are thrilled to announce that Abigail Halpin will be creating all six of our cover images in 2018 (that's right, we're going to six issues this year!). Abigail is an illustrator living and drawing in southern Maine. Raised in New England, she pulls heavily from the flora, fauna and history of the region in her work. In addition to illustrating children's books, she also creates mixed media artwork, blending embroidery and portraiture, stitching stories. When not drawing, she can be found either lost in a book, walking in the woods or in front of her sewing machine. We are so glad to bring her beautiful work to the covers of Taproot this year, and can't wait to share them with you!

January 08, 2018 by Amanda Soule

From the Archives :: Rich Winter Herbal Hot Cocoa

From Issue 4::WOOD. Recipe by Holly Bellebuono.

Rich Winter Herbal Hot Cocoa
The combination of bitter dandelion root and silky chocolate is enlivening and restorative. This recipe calls for 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar, which is just enough to take the edge off the natural bitter flavor; try using beet sugar, sucanat, or even molasses. Since you’re using powders here, there is no steeping time required.

2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon powdered dandelion root or powdered chicory root
½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
4 cups boiling water
½ cup heavy cream

Put the cocoa powder, dandelion root, cinnamon, and sugar in a kettle. Pour the boiling water over them and stir well. When blended, add the heavy cream and divide into 2 to 4 mugs.

January 04, 2018 by Amanda Soule

From the Archives :: Curried Purple Cabbage & Sweet Potato Soup

From Issue 17::MYTH. Recipe by Sarah Davidson, photo by Demetria Provatas.

Curried Purple Cabbage and Sweet Potato Soup
Serves 3 to 4

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium-to-large head of purple cabbage, chopped
5 to 6 garlic cloves
2 cups chopped sweet potato
One 14-ounce can coconut milk
2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil and let it melt. Add the celery and onion and cook until soft and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and garlic and sauté until the cabbage is wilted and the garlic is browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the sweet potato, coconut milk, vegetable broth, curry, thyme, and cayenne, if using. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and allow the soup to cook until the sweet potato is soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve.

December 29, 2017 by Amanda Soule

Taproot in the News!

(our Editor, Amanda Blake Soule and Lauren Pignatello of Swallowtail Farm, at our new Portland Market location. Photo by Shawn Patrick Oullette for the Portland Press Herald.)

Check out Taproot in the news! You can find an article about our new space, and our editor, Amanda, in the Source section of the Portland Press Herald. 

Find it here

Come visit us in Portland (Maine)!

December 11, 2017 by Amanda Soule

Three Portland Events this weekend!

December 08, 2017 by Amanda Soule

Grand Opening in Portland, Maine!

November 17, 2017 by Rachel McDonald

Issue 24::REST now available!

Our last issue of 2017 is now available ~ Issue 24 :: REST!

botanical art / spoon carving / making feta / natural food dyes / cardigan sweater pattern / winter cakes / scrappy quilts / ayurvedic recipes

November 17, 2017 by Amanda Soule

84 Cove Street

Have you heard the exciting news? Taproot is opening a brick and mortar space in Portland, Maine! At 84 Cove Street, we'll be making the magazine, selling our Taproot goods (and pop up collections!), and hosting events alongside our roommate Milk and Honey of Swallowtail Farm (with fabulous dairy and herb offerings!). Save the date for our grand opening, November 25th. And stay tuned for more details about the great makers who will celebrate with us that day, as well as upcoming events! We hope to see you in East Bayside soon!

November 12, 2017 by Amanda Soule