Edible Monterey Bay

Grist for the Mill

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 1.22.40 PM 1The act of biting into a piece of fruit or vegetable is one of the most intimate daily connections that many of us have with the natural world, so it’s no surprise that caring passionately about food tends to lead to caring deeply about the environment, too.

As John Cox writes in his beautiful article, “The Real Paleo Diet,” the Central Coast’s original residents, the Esselen, were remarkably in tune with nature and lived largely in harmony with it for thousands of years.

Fast forward to today, and living so close to nature seems almost foreign. Soil and water depleting agriculture is “conventional.” And most of us have little idea how much havoc our daily habits can wreak on our lovely coast—or where to start in changing our ways.

But happily, it doesn’t need to be this way. While we will all leave our mark, for better or for worse, there’s a lot to encourage you if lightening your footprint is one of your intentions. With the holidays approaching and the planning of next year’s weddings ramping up, Kathryn McKenzie shares ideas in her cover story, “Green Party,” for planning celebrations in more sustainable ways—and explains why it’s so important.

And for those of you who are really ready to roll up your sleeves, Deborah Luhrman provides a window into the intriguing lives of some of our local beginning organic farmers—and the low down on the stellar farming apprenticeship programs in our area.

Meantime, it will be the small decisions about what you opt to eat each day this autumn that will add up to the greatest kindness—or thoughtlessness—you can show the planet.

So with that in mind, Jamie Collins introduces the delicious and remarkably varied, nutritious and sustainable dried heirloom beans you’ll be seeing at farmers’ markets this fall.

This issue marks our 3rd anniversary of publishing Edible Monterey Bay, and we’d like to thank our advertisers, staff, contributors and subscribers for helping the magazine become a thriving enterprise. We’re extremely grateful, and we hope you share our pride in what we’ve accomplished together.

Finally, if you’ve not subscribed to our weekly e-newsletter yet, we can’t encourage you enough to take advantage of this informative and entertaining resource. (Again, credit goes to Deborah Luhrman, our e-newsletter editor!) To stay on top of the region’s most compelling food events and news, or to submit news items, just email us at info@ediblemontereybay.com.

Best wishes for a happy fall,

Sarah Wood and Rob Fisher