Letter from the Editor
There’s an Italian quote that I love more and more with time: “Anni, amori e biccieri di vino nun se contano mai,” which translates to “Years, lovers and glasses of wine; these things must not be counted.” And while I fully agree with that in my personal life, I am proud to count age and say that Edible Maineis 1 year old.
Similar to many of my friends with small children I find myself tired, uncertain at times, and usually covered in something that has gone wrong. Despite these challenges, at some point the line between running my personal life and running Edible Maine quietly blurred, giving me a newfound sense of purpose.
The past year has been a weaving of experiences that would appear separate, but that constantly connect at the epicenter that is being, in unison, a food and wine lover; a former restaurant manager; a storyteller; and an advocate of the locavore lifestyle. While it can sometimes be like watching a toddler put more food into his hair than his mouth, the rewards of seeing a business reach its one-year mark can be measured by these messy moments, which have led to lessons learned, important connections with the community, and a respected publication.
I often find myself asking, how are we doing? How far have we come? How did we get here? While the answers to these questions will change with time, I can be certain of one thing¾this magazine is the result of a lot of work and an amazing team.
As much as I steer this ship and navigate where we are going (and sometimes how to get there) I am one member of a team of people who execute the vision that is Edible Maine. We have been blessed with talented writers and photographers, editors and copy editors, sales staff, designers, and administrative team members from day one. I truly feel that we have put out a great magazine in our first year.
Looking back, I can see a few mistakes that we’ve made (in the end we’re only human). There have been times when we’ve had a typo and our team didn’t catch it. I mean seriously, it gets pointed out to us every … single … time. But we’ve used these opportunities to grow and improve.
I hope you will continue with us on that journey.
On behalf of the entire Edible Maine team, I want to take a moment to say Thank You to all of our readers, advertisers and the entire community. I meet and interact every day with such amazing people in Maine who, through their ideas and service, have a tremendous impact on Maine’s story. It is truly inspiring and pushes me to be the very best version of myself that I can be. When I read a pitch and ultimately a final story, I am both energized and calmed to find that there are people in Maine fulfilling their own missions and creating such positivity. Only by each of you doing what it is that you do, does Edible Maine have the privilege of fulfilling its mission to highlight Maine’s indigenous foods and ultimately help reconnect people and communities to real ingredients by telling your stories.
Keep reading. Keep reaching out. Keep supporting. We’ll keep your seat at our table.