This issue marks our 11th year of publishing Edible Boston. For me, it is hard to believe that 11 years have passed, except when I consider how much has changed!
Today, Massachusetts has close to 400 farmers markets compared to 65 in 2006. Today, if you want to start your own food business there are many shared kitchen facilities to work out of, versus only one a decade ago. CSAs have become plentiful, with variations still evolving to meet the needs and desires of consumers. And best of all, we now have a brick-and-mortar, year-round market for local food: The Boston Public Market. I am so grateful and proud to have been part of the transformation!
My mission in 2006 was to help grow the local food movement by writing about the products and the people that formed our community. I believed that consumers would buy more local products if they could put a face to the producer. I am proud to proclaim, with all of your help, Mission Accomplished!
Not being one to rest on my laurels, I am excited to announce that effective July 1, 2017, Edible Boston will be merging with Louisa Kasdon’s organization, Let’s Talk About Food, to become one multi-media company: The Food Voice. By combining our two organizations, both well-established leaders in the progressive food movement, we will be able to reach a larger audience through print, events, digital and social media.
The print publication will remain as vibrant and full of information as it always has been. You will also continue to find copies at our distribution points—our advertisers—who have been instrumental in getting us to where we are today. I cannot thank them enough!
Over the next few months we will be reaching out to you, our readers and advertisers, to discuss ways you can join with us to further the movement and to share with you the exciting new initiatives that we hope you will be part of.
Again, thank you for your continuing interest and support!