About the author
Most of us who harbor a food fetish can trace it back to a certain source. For me, it was a sense of place.
I’ve been a writer all my life and have worked as a journalist since 2008, at daily newspapers and now as a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va. But it was living in and writing about the Skagit Valley north of Seattle that turned me into a serious eater. The food-focused mindset seeps in by osmosis in that ag-infused place. With every bite of the Valley’s signature strawberries [they taste like sunshine] and with every season of a CSA share that’s ripe with varieties I didn’t know existed, I started to realize that THIS is what food is supposed to taste like. I wonder what else I’d been missing.
I grew up in Kansas, but — shock of shocks — was not a farmer. Indeed, I hadn’t even conversed with a farmer until my husband’s Naval career took us to Washington state. My lack of farm knowledge earned me some grief at the research center where I spent much of my time as a business and agriculture reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald. Wearing houndstooth goulashes on a farm tour earned me some additional ribbing.
After moving to Washington, DC, in early 2012, I realized I can’t seem to shake the thoughts about food. As a journalist, I love the people part of food — writing about the farmers and food-movement starters and family chefs who are tangibly changing their slice of the eating world. As a freelance journalist covering food, ag & the environment, I get to write about some of these movers and shakers. My goal is for this blog to be a place where those stories start, where I can begin a conversation about the food topics that fascinate me, and maybe you. With a Seattleite’s eye for what’s new [at least to DC] and a background in traditional journalism, my hope is to produce some original thoughts in a food-writing realm that is beginning to burst at the seams.