My name is Jennifer Crain. I’m a freelance writer from Olympia, Washington, mom to two beautiful kids, improving home cook, tea drinker and – along with so many – a local foods devotee.
The Plum Palate launched in July of 2011 and since then my crush on local foods has deepened. After writing weekly posts here and exploring subjects more deeply through my articles on food, I’m surprised that I’m still surprised by local produce, delighted (really, like a little kid) by the stories behind peppers or raspberries or bok choy. The fact that pumpkins grow out of dirt never gets boring. And once a carrot’s in the kitchen, tame and clean on the cutting board, learning how to cut it properly, how to prepare it just so – that never gets boring, either.
In my posts I pay attention to one type of seasonal food every week. I comb the market stalls, thumb through cookbooks, compare online recipes and photograph ingredients on our back deck, often with the sound of rain as a soundtrack.
There are so many places online to skim recipes, to get to know another person in the virtual world. I’m grateful that you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes here.