A new magazine. In a shop thirty miles southwest of Atlanta in a community called Serenbe. We had gone there to have lunch and a cupcake to celebrate Dick's birthday at the Blue-Eyed Daisy Bakeshop.
I purchased that copy of Modern Farmer Issue 02 Fall 2013 in Serenbe.
I ordered backcopies of Issue 01 Spring 2013 and Issue 03 Winter 2013/14. I started a subscription. Yes, I am beyond impressed with this publication. It begins with its cover. Thick and substantial. Like a book. Smooth to the touch. Like a hand gently massage with lotion. The content. Real people across this country and around the globe. Some readily recognizable and others not so much but equally important. All vehicles of change, hope, and inspiration. Respecting the land and animals that provide our sustenance. A sampling of features in my Fall 2013 issue: Farm Schools, Farmers Market Etiquette, Rwanda's Agriculture Success, Farm to Table to Landfill Combating Food Waste, Natural Wool Dyeing, Cornell University's Teaching Dairy Barn. You'll learn of must-stops as you traverse the country. The Green Zebra - new convenience stores in the Portland, Oregon area offering "made from scratch soups, sandwiches, and salads instead of hotdogs and Slurpees... and organic produce, regionally sourced meats and cheeses." Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Pocantico Hills, NY. (I was there in 2009. Beyond impressive. I provide a miniscule glimpse here.) The magazine features entrepreneurial farmers. Field Apothecary and Herb Farm which offers a medicinal CSA in the Hudson Valley, NY area. Teff growers in the Fallon, Nevada area. The MAiZE, founded by corn maze creator and design consultant, Brett Herbst. (The website makes it easy to locate an amazing labyrinth.) Does this magazine excite me? Without question. Do I recommend a subscription? Without hesitation.