You can read the full “refresh” issue here. It also includes stories from Edible East End, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. Stay tuned to find out where you can find a hard copy near you, or better yet, subscribe.
Spring is the perfect time to dig yourself out of the doldrums. I know this, because that’s exactly what I did four years ago—when I woke up one May morning and found myself 24 years old, four inches over five feet tall and just over 300 pounds.
The story from that moment to this one—in which I’m sitting at my desk, healthy, strong and over 150 pounds lighter—is a long and muddy one, but here, at least, is how it starts.
Using both Edible East End and Edible Long Island as my guides (even though, then, I was still only a reader), I spent the next year of my life going out and shaking hands, meeting the people responsible for growing and making so much of our community’s food. The portions on my plate grew smaller. My appreciation for our region’s producers grew; their work refreshed my body. And, in many other ways, I worked to refresh myself, too.
The collection of stories in this issue all point to the same evergreen truth: that the only way food serves as a bond is if it actually does bond you, not to itself, but to other people. This is the lesson I learned four years ago—the lesson that changed my life—and it is part of the regenerative theme of the issue we now present to you.
In Huntington and Amityville, gluten-free bakers create delicious treats for everyone to enjoy regardless of dietary restrictions. In Southold, a yoga studio and juice bar nourishes its guests with the most vibrant-colored smoothies and juices. Throughout the East End, communities of people living with Lyme disease lean on each other for advice, doctor recommendations, and support. Throughout both counties of Long Island, local farmers band together to live and work sustainably—no matter who is president.
Other producers are joining together, too, thanks to the new Edible Collective. All across New York, the Collective’s community of food and drink game-changers is collaborating to enhance and change our local food system. This is work that all of us can do. Together, there is no better time than now and no better place than here. From experience I know that every garden begins with just one thing: the decision to pick up a shovel.
I wish you all the happiest, most refreshing digging.
Meghan Harlow, Editor