March 7, 2022

Publisher’s Letter Spring 2022

Maria Whitworth & Nanci Taylor, part of the edible DFW team.
Photo by: Nikky Phinyawatana

We always look forward to the start of spring! But this year especially. Did you know this is our 13th year publishing edible Dallas & Fort Worth? We have much respect and appreciation for all our advertising partners who’ve remained loyal to our publication, especially considering the lean times of the past two years. With their support, we have managed to continue printing interesting local stories for you to devour and enjoy. We hope that you will strongly support all of these wonderful businesses who have kept us grounded. Thank You!!

“Home is Where the Heart Is” includes delicious recipes by local DFW author Alex Snodgrass, from her new cookbook The Comfortable Kitchen, which is an expression of celebrating life’s great events. We highly encourage everyone to pick up her book. Paleo, gluten-free, and diary-free dishes are clearly marked.

Rick Baraff tells the story of amazing people doing some groundbreaking work in South Dallas at Restorative Farms. They are taking on the challenge of, and having success at, transforming a food desert into a sustainable food system. Both the story and photos are heartwarming and give us hope.

In “Gin & Jen,” Toby Thomason weaves a delightful tale of two spirits – Gin, and Jennifer Spring, manager of Waterboy Farms. Not only do the recipes inspire creativity themselves, we can’t say enough about the fantastic art of Azure Photography and Mattie Lewis Photography. The cover shot tells it all!

Many thanks to the GO TEXAN Program, in partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture, for once again sponsoring our North Texas Farmers Market Guide for 2022. We love having to add more markets to our list as demand increases for local, sustainable food sources. Hopefully you will find one near you.

We had so much fun at Urban Dirt’s chef gardens, capturing vibrant images with photographer Teresa Rafidi, even though it was winter and not the height of growing season. Daniel Cunningham tells the history of how Piper Klee-Waddle and her Urban Dirt Company have set a standard in the growing restaurant garden scene. And yes, we got our hands dirty in this photo shoot!

Here’s to our favorite season, and to all the farmers in North Texas whose crops and livelihood depend on the good graces of Texas weather.

Nanci Taylor, Publisher

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NANCI TAYLOR is a third generation Texan whose family came to the state in the 1800’s to pursue cattle ranching and Texas has remained her home. She was born in San Antonio, but ended up in North Texas where she nurtured her Texas roots while attending college and raising two sons in Dallas. Proudly following in her parent's footsteps, Nanci plants and harvests the bounty of her own backyard garden in Old East Dallas. She keeps a busy calendar attending local food and ecology events, and on weekends she spends her time visiting with growers and food artisans at farms, shops and farmers markets around North Texas.