Birthday brownies.

There are so many things to talk about. So many, in fact, that I’m not even sure where to start. In mulling this over today, I decided to do what I usually do when I’m over-thinking… I bake something. A brick of bittersweet chocolate in the pantry had been whispering my name all afternoon, and I responded with brownies. A mini-celebration and the best kind of introduction; welcome to Fresh.

{ While I am well-versed in the making and consuming of brownies, a food photographer I am not... Photo courtesy of Sunday Nite Dinner at }

Fresh is a place to seek news and start conversations; in most cases on issues of sustainability in our food systems, as well as our related communities and culture. Sometimes, the discussion will relate to local happenings from where I wake up most mornings, just outside of Philadelphia, PA. There is a lot to talk about in this area as we struggle to reconcile our claim to the highest cheese-wiz consumption in the States, and our abundant resources for sustainably raised local food. Many people here are working hard to connect these resources to a market and to our communities, and we’ll talk more about that.

Other times Fresh will share what people in different cities and communities are doing to create a sustainable local food economy. We’ll explore what’s working and what isn’t in an effort to find common ground and make progress.

We’ll also look at the bigger picture by collecting and linking to Fresh information about the people and policies that shape our food system on a local, national and international level.

And we’ll explore the reasons that we all do what we do. Is eating local organic food really better for our health? For our environment? Is it economically viable, accessible and affordable for everyone? I want to talk about these things. I want to share what I’m learning, and hear what you know.

When we’re all tired of thinking big, we can talk about what we’ve been reading and what tunes we’ve been listening to while making dinner. I’ll bring a few of my friends over to share their favorite recipes. I happen to know quite a few people who can really cook, and sometimes they share with me in exchange for some sort of decadent chocolate dessert, the thing I can always be counted on for. That, and shrimp quesadillas… But we’ll talk more about those later.

So, welcome. I hope you’ll stop by often as Fresh gets off the ground. For the record, I recommend bringing something to munch on or a cup of coffee when you come back, maybe even a brownie… We have a lot to talk about.

{ Photo courtesy of Karina's Kitchen }

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