Edible Omaha

Food for Thought Spring 2012

Food provides nourishment for the body, and I believe what we eat matters. Each day, we make food choices, and those choices are powerful votes about what is important. Personally, I choose locally produced foods because they taste better and have the power to create healthier bodies, strong communities with vibrant economies and a healthier planet. I believe knowing where our food comes from and who produces it is a powerful thing.

Therefore, I am thrilled to welcome you to the inaugural issue of Edible Omaha where we will celebrate our local foods, farms and community, season by season. Edible Omaha seeks to create connections, build relationships and introduce you to the ones who bring nourishment to our tables.

Healthy communities work to ensure that all have access to fresh, local, healthy foods. In recognition of that element of a vibrant community and through the support of advertisers, complimentary copies of this magazine are available each quarter throughout the Greater Omaha metropolitan area. For a complete list of distribution locations, please visit edibleomaha.com.

Locally owned by copublisher Lucy Wilson and myself, Edible Omaha is a member of Edible Communities Inc. Cofounded in Ojai, California by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, Edible Communities is celebrating its 10th year in publication. Along with our 68 sister publications across the United States and Canada, we are the proud recipient of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year award. From the beginning, Carole, Tracey and the entire Edible Community made us feel welcome, and Lucy and I are eternally grateful for their unwavering support and generosity.

The support from our local advertisers, contributors and volunteers who believe in our mission make this publication possible. We encourage you to thank the advertisers with your patronage. Our talented contributors each gave more than their roles typically require as we were getting up and running. We also appreciate the many experts in the local food movement who made introductions and offered advice on many topics.

Finally, I must thank our families. They have contributed in ways too numerous to detail and sacrificed many nights and weekends to make this dream a reality.

Spring is a time for growth and renewal. It is a time that shows us the promise and potential of things that can be different. Our stories spotlight new beginnings in a variety of ways, and we hope they encourage you to engage with the local food community in a new way. We also recognize that food in this country is incredibly complex, and our labeling systems often confuse more than clarify. One of the best ways to combat this complexity and ensure that your food choices align with your personal values is to know your food producers, many of whom are advertising in this issue. Feeling good about your choices is important.

As author Michael Pollan has suggested, eating well-grown food from healthy soils at a price you can afford is key. So don’t get hung up on the labels. Eat local, eat fresh and know your farmer.  It can be that simple and tasty!

Amy S. Brown, Copublisher and Editor

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