If you haven't yet been introduced, Edible Communities is (are?!) a national network of local food magazines. Sound like a contradiction in terms?! Well, maybe, but it's one we're more than happy to live with.
With names like Edible Boston, Edible Los Angeles, and Edible Portland, all of the publications are united in their commitment to preserving local food ways and their passion for sustainable living. With this national support network, each individual outpost can publish articles that are tailored to the specific community and local food scene. And with such stunning covers, we can't help but snatch up each issue as soon as it's out and carry it around with us until we've read every word!
This winter in Edible Boston, we loved the main story on six local women who took a leap of faith and opened food businesses while most of their friends and colleagues were starting to think about retirement. The profile on RAFT (an acronym for "Renewing America's Food Traditions") not only introduced us to this important organization but also gave us an introspective look into what is really meant by 'heritage food.' And since working on a farm is on of our long-standing day dreams, we were instantly hooked by an article following a group of farm school students through their year-long training at Maggie's Farm.
We do wish there had been more emphasis on where to find local produce this winter and tips on how highlight those ingredients in our cooking, especially since this can be a challenging time of year to stay local in New England. Still, there were plenty of lovely recipes for warm soothing dishes like lobster chowder and baked eggs in spinach nests.
Have you been reading your local Edible publication? What's been going on in your neck of the woods?