I’m Jenni. A Pacific Northwest food and business writer. This is the blog I started with a friend in 2011. It’s changed over the years. Lately, it’s a spot where I can share my work and reflections about life and food.
As a freelance writer, I have a lot of conversations and I hear a lot of stories from people who are on the ground, growing, processing, or promoting good food. At their core, food stories are human stories, of course, and the best ones make the me (and hopefully the reader, too) more an expert in the practice of beekeeping or the realities of Native fishing than I was before. Now I know the traveling habits of honeybees and can see, in my mind’s eye, the modest warehouse filled with fermentation tanks.
Demand for local foods is expanding, and food blogging is growing right along with it. Lots of bloggers do just what I’m doing here: Celebrate local, local, local. Do we really need to hear more?
I think so, and here’s why. The Plum Palate launched in 2011, the same year the USDA reported that sales of local foods were set to surpass 7 billion dollars. That’s encouraging. But the total food sales for the same year were more than 1.3 trillion. Add to that: Farmer-to-consumer local sales are concentrated in the Northeast, on the West Coast, and near urban centers. Food deserts are still with us. So are food swamps. And it isn’t a given that everyone knows how to cook a simple meal. Food may be trendy but, still, we need to keep sharing.
My original notion for this blog, to pay homage to one type of seasonal produce every week, is more reflective now. I rarely create recipes; I’m not a chef, but a home cook. Many bloggers create and share recipes, and do it well. Browse through the blog links listed to the right and you’ll see what I mean.
There are many places to explore the local foods boom these days. I’m grateful that you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes here and would love to hear your stories, too.
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