Letter from the Editor
Welcome to my first issue of Edible Maineas Editor in Chief. We are buzzing with excitement, having made it to our fourth issue, finishing our very first year. Not only are we still here, we are growing stronger and gaining more readers every day.
This new role feels like my own fresh start, which is well-timed, as spring is the perfect time of year for new beginnings and a refocusing of creative energies.
Rebirth is happening all around us as the first plants poke through a light blanket of late-March snow, the trees start to bud, and hungry animals emerge from their winter slumber. Maybe you’re feeling it inside too—a new sense of purpose or a new goal. It’s time to do something about it.
When I first decided to follow my passion and launch Edible Maine it seemed like a daunting task, one that I would not be able to complete on my own. Luckily, I was able to bring together an amazingly talented team to help teach me the knowledge I would need to successfully launch and run this magazine. Every team member, whether currently on the team or not, has helped to shape this magazine and me as a publisher and editor. I couldn’t be more grateful.
What is the biggest thing I’ve learned so far? It takes so much, albeit enjoyable, work to put these issues together and keep everything running smoothly. Sometimes it’s the small things that really make it seem worthwhile. Here’s an example: just the other day a woman called to say that she loves our magazine and our recipes, and had just recently baked our pumpernickel bread recipe and brought it into work to share with her friends. While mixing ingredients for the bread, she spilled some onto the magazine and could no longer read the recipe. We discussed how I would quickly get her a replacement recipe so she could share and repeat her creation. She went on to tell me she has been a longtime reader of our sister publication Edible Ojaiand felt so proud when she recently discovered Edible Maineand the joy it brought her.
I will tell any anyone that I launched Edible Maineto help promote a healthy and well-informed public, a diverse and safe environment and a thriving local economy—because that is true—but the thing that really makes me proud, the thing that really makes my heart swell, is the joy we are creating in our readers.
Keep reading. Keep reaching out. Keep supporting. We’ll keep your seat at our table.