My foodie/treehugging roots started early. My grandparents owned a heritage breed turkey farm before anyone used the word “heritage.” They just wanted to raise the tastiest turkeys possible. As a child, I would go around sticking two liter bottles in the toilet bowls and picking compost out of the trash, driving my parents crazy in the process. During college, I started reading Michael Pollan, which led me to Wendell Berry and many others. I quickly realized that local, sustainably-raised food is the surest path toward getting others to care about the environment – what other choice do we all make at least three times a day? Once we started a garden, I was hooked and became passionate about spreading the good news of local, seasonal food.
I’m a wife to my hilarious husband, Grant, and mama to two crazies. Next to the three of them, food, and gardening, I love quiet days curled up with a good book and just about anything that gets me outside.
Eating with the fullest pleasure — pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance — is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.
I’m out to eat (and live) with the fullest pleasure, which comes from having my hands in what I eat and cook as much as possible, as Berry describes it. Join me in eating, growing, and preserving…by the seasons!