Since 2009, Edible Hudson Valley has celebrated the food culture of one of the most bountiful, beautiful regions on the face of the earth. We have shared the stories of the farmers, chefs, home cooks, vintners, brewers, producers and advocates who, through their passion and dedication, provide the food that nourishes our bodies as well as our communal souls.
This issue marks the last time Edible Hudson Valley will be published by its full founding team. A combination of business and personal reasons have led us to sell the magazine, and while it is certainly a bittersweet moment, we are so delighted that new owners Jennifer Solow, Tom Jacoby and son Damon Jacoby will be guiding our “baby” into its next era. Their vision and enthusiasm are invigorating, and we look forward to their debut issue and many other new initiatives this Spring.
Publishing a magazine is not an easy pursuit. It, too, requires passion and dedication, commitment and creativity. To borrow a phrase, the journey of Edible Hudson Valley has been its own reward. Its path was made brighter (and much more fun) from the start for me and my husband (and business partner) Ray by the participation of a few very special, immensely talented individuals: our treasured friends, associate publisher Helen Coyle Bergstein and her husband Joe Bergstein, our thoughtful and brilliant editor Eric Steinman, our graceful and magical design director Debra Trisler, our lifelong pal and distribution manager Paul Misko. The abiding love that these five individuals have for this region as well as their heartfelt respect for the art of food and the individuals who create it have shone through on every page of this magazine and in every step of this endeavor. As the years went on, they were joined by Kathleen Reynolds, the ever-welcoming voice of our social media network, our relentless and wise copy editor Carrington Morris, our sales team of Eric Derby, Stacy Ciaravella and Nicole Ross, and our business manager Nan Fribley.
As we have given expression to our local food movement, our pursuit was made possible by the countless advertisers who believed in our mission. We are so grateful to them for providing the funding to support our pursuit. We were further buoyed by the talents of our many writers and photographers. Many of these partners have been with us since our first year, and all of them share our commitment to a thriving local food culture and economy.
Last but not least are you, our readers. Knowing that you were reading, watching and ready to savor the stories we shared has been our inspiration. We thank you for joining us on this path.
As for me, I have often thought of one singular, sparkling morning in February, not long after we had decided to start the magazine. I had just crossed the Bear Mountain Bridge and was driving along Route 9D, headed up to meet Kate Osofsky at Ronnybrook Farm. The road ran high above the river, and you could look down through semi-bare trees and see the mighty Hudson flowing along in its eternal majesty against the backdrop of the Hudson Highlands and crystal blue skies. Once again, as so often since my earliest memories, I was awestruck by the Hudson.
The river and its region run deep for me, and I hope in some small way we have contributed to its betterment through Edible Hudson Valley.
Nancy Brannigan Painter
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great fl ood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”
—Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories