A few years ago, I was in Cape Cod and came upon a magazine called "Edible Cape Cod." I believe it was in a restaurant called The Wicked Oyster. I loved it -- and it engendered a fantasy. I would come into money and begin a magazine called "Edible Finger Lakes." I did not. I began something better: Cooking with Ideas. So, imagine my surprise when I began to see hints that a magazine called "Edible Finger Lakes" was about to be published. (If you are surprised, check out www.ediblecommunities.com for more!) And, then, I came upon a pile of them in the Red Dove in Geneva. What a surprise. A new quarterly magazine on food in teh Finger Lakes.
First things first: we know two of the authors: local food bloggers Laura Rebecca Kenyon of Laura Rebecca's Kitchen and Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of Cookin' in the 'Cuse both have articles in the first issue. Jennifer's focuses on "locavores" (with her usual focus on the Syracuse area) and Laura Rebecca's on Community Supported Agriculture, including the Fellenz Family Farm. And there is some information on other local farms such as Sweet Land Farm at www.sweetlandfarm.org as well as an article by Teresa Vanek of Red Tail Farm.
Several other things to watch out for: there are loads of recipes scattered through out (including a ramp pesto from Deb Whiting of the Red Newt Bistro), and good pointers on how to find, for example, u-pick farms for strawberries when they come into season. Local farmers and others are among the other authors -- most visibly Michael Welch, who is also the publisher. My favorite by Welch is a piece on sausage making with Dano of Dano's Heuriger. If you have not read my review of Dano's Heuriger, click here.) Do check our www.ediblefingerlakes.com for various reasons -- including sources for local food (U Pick Farms, CSAs, and farmer's markets) and a calendar with food-related events (though they do not have Slice, Dice and Spice NY. Click away! And, then watch right here for an interview on that upcoming event! ) They do, however, have advertisements from, for example, Slow Food Rochester and an excerpt from What Are People For? by Wendell Berry.
Don;t stop reading here -- but pick up this magazine when you see it! And let us all know what you think.