Letter from the Editor

When people hear the words “food magazine,” they might think culinary expertise, recipe testing, comped meals, wine connoisseurs, and sous vide. While these are not necessarily unflattering assumptions and while admittedly a comped meal or two has been had in the pursuit of journalism, people don’t always understand all the facets that revolve around a “food magazine” because people don’t always understand all the facets that revolve around food.


The phrase farm-to-table has been replicated so many times, and this issue is no exception. We’ve got “grain to glass” in our Sips column about Split Rock Distillery’s organic spirits along with “crop to cup” in The Ubiquitous Bean, detailing the history of coffee and some advice for making the perfect brew at home. These catchy idioms have become much like the word “organic”; place them before anything, and it makes that thing more valuable. But how much thought and attention are we actually giving the process behind these poetic sayings?


Mainers have come a long way in trying to understand where our food comes from, but we still have a long way to go. In this issue, we wanted to open up the conversation to the psychological stresses of farming, because a majority of our locally grown food lies in the hands of the individuals who have made farming their livelihood.


Mental health and farming is an important topic for all of us to consider, especially in today’s political landscape. This June the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, but not without months of controversy that threatened support for the bill, which contains many safety net programs created to keep farmers in business during bad economic times. In addition to political factors, farmers are highly dependent on multiple forces outside of their control, such as droughts and natural disasters, as well as shifts in commodity prices. As you’ll read, despite the uncertain grounds farmers work upon, their desire to feed the community runs far deeper than a paycheck.


Unfortunately behavioral health care isn’t always readily available to farmers, but there is potential for this to change. Right now, passage of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network—proposed legislation released by The U.S. House Agriculture Committee in mid-March to assist distressed agricultural producers—is in conference between the House and Senate. We’ll be keeping our readers up to date on the passage of this much-needed service on social media in our continued mission to inspire you to not only eat, drink, and read, but also think.


Cheers.

No. 06 / Fall 2018

Editorial in this issue

10 Things You Didn't Know About Brussels Sprouts

10 Things You Didn't Know About Brussels Sprouts

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

The Burdens and Joys of Modern Farm Life

The Seasonal Fall Dish

The Seasonal Fall Dish

Delicious recipes for what's fresh this season

Permaculture

Permaculture

Creating an edible landscape

Ask ME Anything

Ask ME Anything

Ask, eat, do. An advice column for Mainers

Before the Pie

Before the Pie

An apple-picking picnic

Maine School Garden Network

Maine School Garden Network

Seeding tomorrow's growth, today

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

with cherry tomatoes

Maine Sea Salt Co.

Maine Sea Salt Co.

Salt of the Earth…Or Sea

Cooking at Home with Barton Seaver

Cooking at Home with Barton Seaver

Grain to Glass

Grain to Glass

Get in the spirit of Split Rock Organic Distilling

Recipes in this issue

Apples with Spiced, Spiked Honey Caramel

Apples with Spiced, Spiked Honey Caramel

Picnic Bindles

Picnic Bindles

Roasted Acorn Squash with Anchovy Herb Butter

Roasted Acorn Squash with Anchovy Herb Butter

Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Lemon Tahini Dressing

Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Lemon Tahini Dressing

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Molasses Whipped Cream

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Molasses Whipped Cream

Royal Rita

Royal Rita

Roasted Brussels sprouts with Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Brussels sprouts with Cherry Tomatoes

Apple-Rosemary Tea Spritzer

Apple-Rosemary Tea Spritzer

Fennel, Apple and Orange Salad

Fennel, Apple and Orange Salad

Broiled Black Sea Bass Flambé*

Broiled Black Sea Bass Flambé*

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins

Arugula Salad with Rosemary Roasted Parsnips

Arugula Salad with Rosemary Roasted Parsnips

Black Rose

Black Rose

Cauliflower, Fennel, and Pear Salad with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing

Cauliflower, Fennel, and Pear Salad with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing

Pinecone Grilled Swordfish with Citrus and Herbs

Pinecone Grilled Swordfish with Citrus and Herbs

Mushroom Gruyère Quiche

Mushroom Gruyère Quiche

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples and Onions

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples and Onions

Fig Old Fashioned

Fig Old Fashioned

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

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