How does your day begin? Mornings can be particularly sacred because they often are the only personal time some of us can find in our days. Perhaps we start with a stretch or a run, with prayer or meditation, or with a cup of coffee and the morning news. Too often, mornings can be a stressful rush—kids dressed, shower, lunches packed, and drop-offs done before heading into work. It’s a wonder anyone has breakfast anymore, and yet we’re told it’s the most important meal of the day.
Amidst all this rushing, I recently found myself wondering about our friends in the food business. What’s a farmer’s morning like? Does a baker like waking up in the dark and heading into the kitchen to make sure my croissant is waiting when I stop on my way to the office? From fields, to diners, to cafés, we’re surrounded by people whose work starts long before dawn in order to make sure our mornings can include fresh, local food. And so, in this, our spring issue, we explore a bit behind the scenes and around the region to consider what those first precious hours of the day might include.
This issue also marks the beginning of our third year, one in which we hope to find ways to bring the stories you read here to life in our community.
We’re thrilled to announce a new monthly series called Edible Thursdays starting this spring. In collaboration with the Agrarian Collective, we’re hosting special gatherings designed to explore topics from the magazine. Each evening will feature hands-on activities (like planting your own cocktail garden in March) with guest experts and plenty of time to eat, drink, and socialize. You can find details at EdibleCleveland.com.
We’re also proud to be sponsoring a documentary called Farmland at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival in March and partnering with Countryside Conservancy in April to wish their farmers market a happy 10th birthday with a special celebration in Akron on April 5th and a City Club of Cleveland dialogue with Darwin Kelsey, the executive director of Countryside Conservancy and a champion of the farmers in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on April 11th.
And so, as spring slowly melts away our memories of a particularly cold and snowy winter, we hope the stories and recipes in this issue will brighten your mornings and that we’ll see you out and about in Northeast Ohio.