This past March I had the pleasure once again of attending the annual gathering of the Edible Communities publishers, this time in New Orleans. Every Edible is so unique—and there are now more than 80 of us, all across the U.S. and Canada. We each celebrate and explore our regions in what I like to refer to as our “indie” magazines, which focus on the people—farmers, fishers, chefs, vintners, food artisans—who live and work the land. These publications give voice to local food inspirations, trends and challenges, offering rare access to the most influential and interesting food and drink enthusiasts. This in turn allows us to share with our readers the inside scoop—a little immersion into our distinct culinary destinations all over the U.S. and Canada. But also each publisher or editor has unique passion, energy and talent. It’s refreshing to listen to stories of the work that goes into pulling a magazine together and to share ideas. One can’t help but leave feeling well-nourished and inspired.
A large part of one of the evenings is the EDDY Awards. This is an annual competition with categories where each publisher can submit any work that was published in 2014. Nominees are then judged by a distinguished panel of more than 50 judges including nationally acclaimed chefs, authors, editors, farmers, activists and bloggers. The judges narrow down a huge number of entries to arrive at the finalists. In each category two EDDYs are awarded—Critics’ Choice and Readers’ Choice—and a finalist may win one or both. We were excited and honored when regular contributor Maria Buteux Reade’s “Compost Happens at Someday Farm” was nominated in the Best Story: Gardening category. And we actually won! Both Critics’ Choice and Readers’ Choice!
Congratulations to Maria, who left a 27-year teaching career to work at Someday Farm in southern Vermont; she also is a freelance writer. According to one of the judges, “It’s not easy to make composting sound interesting (especially when it can turn into a technical thing), but the small glimpse into life on a farm, along with a practical how-to on composting, makes the process sound appealing and attainable to even a new gardener.”
A big congratulations also goes to all our accomplished writers and photographers whom I am lucky to work with. We are all passionate about Vermont and our lives here. We are also grateful to our advertisers who support our mission and fire our energy. But also it’s our readers who inspire us every day to produce a magazine that I hope we can all be proud of.