In Our Winter 2015 Issue
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
I’ve been referring to this edition of edible Tampa Bay as the “trash issue.” That’s made some folks a bit uneasy … namely foodie friends who don’t think talking about trash is overly appetizing and advertisers who want to make sure we’re not considering trashing the actual issue.
But since about a fifth of what’s in American landfills is food waste, it seems inappropriate not to devote time to it. Perfectly good crops are left in the field, more food never gets to consumers and even more gets tossed out uneaten (hello shriveled celery at the bottom of the crisper drawer!). Which is why what started as one article about what we throw away (Talking Trash, page 18) turned into two more related articles (Waste Not, Want Not, page 22; Preserving a Way of Life, page 24) – in hopes we can help you, our readers, reduce waste at the source.
That’s not to say the issue is all about trash, though Pam Lunn of The Dancing Goat Dairy in Tampa (The Milk Maid of Tampa, page 14) is pretty darn good about giving new life to just about anything – from salvaged materials to animals and people. However, our intent in every issue is to not only entertain and inform you, but to inspire you to be more thoughtful about what you eat – and, in this case, what you don’t.
So, chop up that celery to make stock, visit a strawberry farm to load up for jam, and, seriously, eat those leftovers you brought home. Food may be easily available in our society, but it shouldn’t be expendable. And having a little more connection to the source is one way to add respect back to our food system.
-Kay Clark, Publisher/Editor