Summer 2018 Issue
Welcome to the ninth anniversary issue of Edible Marin & Wine Country!
Several years ago, Jill Giacomini Basch, one of the lovely and talented Giacomini sisters of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, and a dear friend, suggested that I dedicate an entire issue of the magazine to “women in ag.” My initial reaction was, “But we cover women in ag in every issue!” And, it is true that we do. My next thought was, “Where would we start, and, more perplexingly, where would we stop?” But she had planted the seed…
For this special anniversary issue, I decided to go BIG on the topic of how the contributions of lady farmers, ranchers, winemakers, restaurateurs, business owners and managers, viticulturists, political and environmental activists, butchers and farmhouse innkeepers not only nourish and delight our bodies, but also drive our local economies and, quite literally, shape our landscape. I believe we are off to an auspicious beginning with those who are included here, but—as I knew we would not be—we are not nearly ready to stop. Look for the second annual issue dedicated to these ladies in 2019.
Those who know me know that I am rarely (well, never) at a loss for words, and I do pour out my heart about how I feel about the honor and responsibility of telling the stories of ALL (the amazing men, too) of the good food and drink producers in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties through Edible Marin & Wine Country in the opening paragraph of the “A Window into Three Wonderful Women in Wine” article that I authored in this issue, but I am keeping this issue’s Grist for the Mill short and sweet—the extraordinary ladies profiled in these pages speak for themselves. I know that you will love hearing what they have to say.