About Edible Cape Cod
Little did we know when we opened our copy of Saveur in January of 2004 that our lives were about to change in a significant way. Listed at number 22 in that magazine’s 100 List for 2004, under the heading “Newsletter Concept We Wish Would Crop Up Everywhere,” was Edible Ojai. At the time, we were both feeling burned out from our corporate jobs and we were looking for a way to move full time to Cape Cod where we had a vacation home. Starting a local food magazine seemed like a great way to make that happen. We reached out to Edible Ojai publishers Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian to ask their advice on how to do something similar on the Cape. Turns out they received such an overwhelming response to that small mention in Saveur that they decided to start a company to help others start their own Edible publications. Of the 100+ inquiries they received from around the world, we were lucky enough to be selected to be their pilot. In May 2004, Carole and Tracey drove cross country with an SUV packed to the gills with cameras, computers, printers, two cases of wine and a large dog, and spent two weeks driving up and down the Cape with us, taking photos, interviewing subjects and writing stories. Less than two months later we held our first issue in our hands.
When we started publishing Edible Cape Cod, we really didn’t have an idea of what comprised the local food shed beyond lobster, cod and cranberries and, frankly, there were not many opportunities to buy local foods directly from the grower. There was only one farmers’ market, and we had to go “over the bridge” to pick up our weekly CSA share.
What a difference a dozen years make! Today there are farmers’ markets every day of the week on the Cape. In addition to produce CSAs, you can buy pork, chicken, beef, lobster, oysters and finfish directly from the person who raised or caught it. Over the years, we’ve written about everything from peaches to pawpaws, from razor clams to dogfish. In addition to visiting every farm and meeting every farmer willing to talk to us, we’ve learned how to harvest shellfish, grow garlic and make cheese. We’ve gone deep-sea fishing, mushroom foraging, blueberry picking, and crabbing. We’ve visited breweries, wineries, coffee roasters, small-batch distilleries and artisanal juice makers. We even tried our hand at making our own libations. Best of all, we’ve met so many interesting, colorful, fun, informative, generous people along the way who have been willing to let us share their stories and, sometimes, recipes with our readers. From the very beginning, we made a promise to ourselves to only continue publishing as long as we ourselves were being entertained, informed and engaged. The good news is we’re still making new discoveries with each issue.
We invite you to join us on our travels. Check in frequently to meet our local growers, fishermen and food and beverage artisans. Go into the kitchens of restaurants and visit with the chefs who highlight local foods on their menus. And roll up your sleeves and try some tasty new recipes using seasonal produce.
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Our Regular Contributors
Mary Blair Petiet
Mary Blair Petiet (www.marypetiet.com) is a reporter, writer and story teller. A long-time contributor to Edible Cape Cod and a reporter for the Bourne Enterprise Newspaper, she writes locally about organic farming, food, and current events. Her book, Minerva’s Owls is due out in April 2017, with Homebound Publications. Follow her on Facebook.
Daniel Cojanu, photographer
Daniel Cojanu is a photographer and filmmaker originally from Romania. He fell in love with Cape Cod’s salt air and nature when he moved to Woods Hole in 2008, co-founding UnderCurrent Productions a year later. Daniel’s films have screened at the Cannes, Locarno, and Woods Hole film festivals, and his videos regularly appear on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution website. When not framing, lighting or editing fabulous shots, Daniel can be found playing basketball, angling for striped bass, or teaching black and white photography. Daniel was named one of the “People to Watch” by Cape Cod Magazine in 2014.
Tom Dott, writer/photographer
Tom Dott is the co-owner of the Lamb and Lion Inn on Cape Cod. Previously, Tom and his partner, Ali Pitcher, owned and operated a 4-diamond Relais & Chateaux property in New York’s Hudson Valley, which featured a menu dedicated to local ingredients. Tom is a Health & Personal Development Coach, has received three national Eddy writing awards, and is a two-time runner up.
Larry Egan, writer
Larry Egan is an Associated Press award-winning writer and commentator and host of the talk show “The Handyman Hotline” on Saturdays from 1-3 pm on 95.1 WXTK-FM. Larry lives in Marstons Mills with his wife Cori and Ziggy, the Portuguese Water Wonder Dog.
Jessie Gunnard, copy editor / writer
When asked the best thing about being Edible Cape Cod’s copy editor, Jessie Gunnard tells us: “I get to read—HAVE to read—every single word of every story, every issue. When I moved here eight years ago from the western (er, “more agricultural”) part of the state, I spent the first few months grumbling that there were no farmers’ markets, that no one even knew what a CSA was. So much has changed since then, in large part thanks to ECC and the community of smart hardworking people who grow, catch, drive around, sell, assemble, serve and write about our food. When I took a job with the County’s then-new Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod program, I studied back issues of Edible Cape Cod to get up to speed. Now as the magazine’s copy editor and occasional contributor, my job is to help make the magazine even better, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Elise Hugus, writer
Elise Hugus is a writer and video producer specializing in the intersection of science, art, and nature. More of her work can be seen at UnderCurrent-Productions.com.
Russell Kingman, writer
Russell Kingman is a commercial weir fisherman and wild shellfish harvester in Chatham, Mass. In his spare time, he tours with his 'fisher folk rock band' The Seafire Kids, and travels the world as an advocate for small, local, responsible fisheries. He has worked with the United Nations, Slow Fish International, and The Fishing Partnership on a variety of Fisheries related issues. He is a passionate writer about life on the ocean and his experiences as a fisherman.
Cheryl Klim, writer
After working for many years in the corporate world in both the financial services and software industries, Cheryl Klim is happy to have found the perfect job that is a combination of her work experience and her philosophies about food and life. Her love of food, cooking and wine comes from traveling in Europe and shopping at the fabulous farmers’ markets in Italy and France. She is happy to see how the local food movement has changed the way we think about food in this country over the past ten years. “My favorite experience as an Edible contributor is the reaction I get when I walk in with a box of magazines for our advertisers to distribute. People are always happy to see me and it validates all the hard work that goes into putting the magazine together.”
Michelle Koch, writer / photographer
Michelle Koch writes “The wonderful thing in creating the stories and making photographs of this place and the people who live here is how generous folks are. I walk alongside them sharing their lives for a bit, and then get to bring their ideas, challenges and successes to anyone opening the magazine. It’s exhilarating.” Eight years on board with Edible Cape Cod, she is a special needs educator by day who grow flowers and bakes for farmer’s markets in Truro and Orleans. Koch loves life on the lower Cape and exploring over the bridge with her two daughters and Woof, and blogs at seaturtlefarm.com.
Sue Newman, writer
Sue Newman, a former English and drama teacher at Falmouth Academy, author of Summer Pugs, the blogs A Pug’s Voice and You Are What You Write, Sue has edited both fiction and nonfiction. Writing an article for Edible Cape Cod about her friends’ agricultural undertaking was her first foray into this genre and a distinct departure from giving a pug his voice. “I’ve loved this magazine from its inception and could think of no better venue for showcasing my friends’ beautiful little farm than by an article within its pages.”
Vanessa Stewart, writer
Vanessa Stewart comes to us after almost four decades in the restaurant business. Her forte is as a “libationist” and nothing excites her more than a drink menu that incorporates the freshest of ingredients. A childhood of vacations in Harwich Port inevitably led to owning a house on the Cape and, like her mother used to say, she has salt water in her veins. “Since its inception a decade ago, I have been a huge fan of Edible Cape Cod and the Edible franchise as a whole. I love the concept of cooking and eating that which is literally outside my front door. I think ECC and others like it have really brought this movement to the forefront and I believe by educating all of us about locally sourced foods we will move towards better health as a whole.”
Veronica Worthington, writer
Market grower of heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers, Veronica Worthington also raises chickens, peafowl and heritage breed sheep for wool and show. A long-time contributor to Edible Cape Cod, Veronica writes about the trials and tribulations of raising animals and market gardening in her Farmgirl Confidential column and on Facebook.