Letter from the Editor

The Women's Issue

I cut my teeth in journalism in a man’s world. It was 1990, I was a sportswriter, and my colleagues called me “Princess.” I moved to writing about politics as Anita Hill testified. And I was one of a handful of female reporters juggling caring for our babies and covering Microsoft’s rise to technology powerhouse. Ten years ago, I went to culinary school, set to writing about sustainable food systems, and surrounded myself with as many generous women working in food as I could find. The summation of these experiences makes me thrilled to be the editor who gets to introduce you, Edible Maine readers, to our inaugural women’s issue.


Given the female focus of the following pages, it is also fitting to point out the big shoes I must fill in the wake of Managing Editor Brianna Shipley’s departure from the Edible Maine masthead. During her tenure, Brianna curated stories ranging from survival gardening and making charcuterie to foraging for mushrooms and wrapping your head around myriad uses for CBD. Brianna tells me she loved writing about topics that matter to Mainers (Down on the Farm, Fall 2018 and Behind the Label, Fall 2019, for example) and she looks forward to contributing to Edible Mainein the future—as a writer.


The sisterhood of the Maine food system stretches well beyond what we could cover in a single issue. And given the COVID-19 pandemic, we watch how both male and female farmers, producers, chefs, and home cooks are changing how dinner gets safely to the table. The stories we tell in this issue are arguably too few, and provide just a snapshot in a changing world, but they are nonetheless very much worth celebrating. We tell of beer brewers who legislate; a scientist who keeps tabs on the state’s honeybees; and a coffee roaster who cares about female coffee growers. We show you a young woman fighting for her spot on the water; a chef growing Asian greens in an aquaponics operation; and the fastest female bartender in the Northeast. Our recipes include berry pies, savory honey dishes, and pitcher-perfect drinks designed to be shared with girlfriends at a safe social distance.


Thank you in advance for helping us celebrate all of the women who influence the Maine food system.


Cheers,

No. 13 / Summer 2020

Editorial in this issue

10 Old Wives’ Tales About Food That Stand the Test of Time (and Science)

10 Old Wives’ Tales About Food That Stand the Test of Time (and Science)

Sarah Jackson: Mover and Shaker

Sarah Jackson: Mover and Shaker

The Fastest Female Bartender in New England

Pitcher Perfect

Pitcher Perfect

Balanced cocktails make for smooth summertime sipping

Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends

Ways for using up all the edible bits and pieces

The Last Bite: Keep Them Fishing

The Last Bite: Keep Them Fishing

Strong Coffee, Stronger Women

Strong Coffee, Stronger Women

Portland Roaster’s Cups Brim with Social Justice

Honeybee Helper

Honeybee Helper

State Apiarist Jennifer Lund keeps Maine hives buzzing

Girl Rules the Waves

Girl Rules the Waves

Fisherwoman Kayla Cox catches fish and lands community connections

Get to Know Your Maine Nonprofit: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Get to Know Your Maine Nonprofit: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Making connections between scientists, producers, and eaters in good times and bad

Berry Delicious Summer Pies

Berry Delicious Summer Pies

When Maine berries are ripe for the pickin’, making pies keeps eaters grinnin’

Maine’s Fermentation Caucus

Maine’s Fermentation Caucus

Female legislators make laws and beer in equal measure

Undercover Farming at Canopy Farms

Undercover Farming at Canopy Farms

Brunswick chef taps aquaponics system for tough-to-find Asian ingredients

Edible Reads

Edible Reads

Two great cookbooks that showcase the stuff of Maine

Recipes in this issue

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

Bumbleberry Rhubarb Lattice-Topped Pie

Bumbleberry Rhubarb Lattice-Topped Pie

Honey, Apple, and Ricotta Tartine

Honey, Apple, and Ricotta Tartine

Cucumber Lavender Mojito Pitcher

Cucumber Lavender Mojito Pitcher

Hibiscus ’75 Pitcher

Hibiscus ’75 Pitcher

Seared Flaky White Fish with a Spicy Ginger Soy Sauce

Seared Flaky White Fish with a Spicy Ginger Soy Sauce

Strawberry Ginger Icebox Pie

Strawberry Ginger Icebox Pie

Maine Wild Blueberry and Cinnamon Hand Pies

Maine Wild Blueberry and Cinnamon Hand Pies

Hot Honey Butter Bath Corn on the Cob

Hot Honey Butter Bath Corn on the Cob

Citrus and Rosemary Sangria Pitcher

Citrus and Rosemary Sangria Pitcher

Pink Meringue Boats

Pink Meringue Boats

Elderberry Apple Slab Pie

Elderberry Apple Slab Pie

Maine Grains Double Crust Pie Dough

Maine Grains Double Crust Pie Dough

Maine Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce

Maine Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce

Zippy Earl Grey Pitcher

Zippy Earl Grey Pitcher

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea

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