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At Edible Shasta-Butte, we long ago discovered how many local farmers and other food and drink producers we can write stories about. The discovery came about because of the farmers and producers we did write about. Each one led to other subjects and those to others; we found Windmill Farm CSA and Stackhouse Family Ranch in this way. To this six degrees’ phenomenon add the fact that more producers are emerging here in the northstate, and Edible Shasta-Butte has innumerable subjects to explore as stories. Five by Five Tonic Company—explored in this issue as well—is one of these emerging.
We tell stories because we want you to support these local producers whether established or emerging.
Anyway, I could have told stories about CCFM’s involvement with CNAP’s Edible Pedal or Farmer of the Month or CalFresh Outreach. Among other effects, such programs have resulted in the school population’s engagement with the CCFM and inspire drawings like Natalie’s and visits and purchases at the farmers’ markets by students and their families.
And that’s just one of the missing stories in the CCFM as Local Hero article. The downside of the stories we haven’t told is some frustration at all we leave out. The upside is that they still await us.
Here in the editor’s office we’ve long awaited one article in this issue. We’ve wanted an article focused on in seasonal produce, and now a writer has stepped forward. On page 28 Butte County Master Gardener M. Elizabeth Matt writes about fruits and vegetables available in December, January, and February. Hers will be a regular column in each seasonal issue. We hope that this article and future ones in the series inform you and prove useful.
Remember, online voting continues just until December 13 for your Local Heroes (at http:/svy.mk/VbBLZS); the magazine will announce winners in our spring issue. We thank you for supporting farmers and food with your votes—and by holding this magazine in your hands and frequenting the advertisers in its pages.
Edible Shasta-Butte is the guide to local food, dining, and gardening in Northern California’s central valley from Butte County north to the Oregon border.