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 for the past five years, at daily newspapers and now as a freelancer 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 you didn’t know existed, you start to realize that THIS is what food is supposed to taste like. You start to wonder, ‘What else have I 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.