The latest issue of Taproot is out in the world! Issue 29::AGE. I love this one (I know, I know, I say that every time). But this one does feel special. I don't know, maybe it's the aging kiddos of mine, or this senior year that I'm in, or thoughts of my own parents and then my own middle-life place. This issue just felt close to my heart. So much so that when I sat down to write the Editor's Letter for it, it all came pouring out (at a word count higher than the page allowed!) in an epic flurry and was finished in record time. That's not usually how things roll. I spend a lot of time usually staring at a blank screen, or procrastinating (nothing like cleaning closets to avoid a deadline!), or pulling teeth (my own) to get the words needed. But this one? Whooosh! It felt so good.
Here's a peek at just some of the goodness inside....
First up is the piece that came about after I spent in the woods with Peter Hagerty, his horses, and John Bliss and Stacy Brenner (plus Peter's lovely wife Marty Tracy - both of whom started and ran Peace Fleece for years). It was an honor to photograph this piece that John then wrote. That feels an inadequate way to describe the experience of spending the day following someone who has been such a leader in our Maine farming world about sustainable forestry, among other things. It's a wonderful piece about low-impact forestry! Besides being a wealth of knowledge, Peter has a heart of gold and such a dear relationship with his horses. It was an inspiring day and I'm glad to have the results of it in the pages of AGE!
And of course there's knitting (and crochet in this issue too!). These mitts are by Bristol Ivy and they're on my to knit list!
Knitting, crochet AND hairpin lace crochet, oh my! This was my first introduction to this old craft, and I'm fascinated by it. Butcher's twine magic!
Plus all the goodness of the harvest season! I can attest to this Modern Waldorf Salad by Ashley English being absolutely delicious, as a friend made it last weekend and brought it to our writer's weekend. And with so many apples around right now, I had to give it a try and make it myself this week. So good.
Roasted Ratatouille Tart? Yes please! Sarah Waldman shares in this issue a collection of one-pot meals that make for easy nights and happy bellies.
Dawn Coombs shares recipes for healthy skin, using the power of honey!
Another special piece in this issue is by Suzanne Travers, about Sage Workshops - the wonderful organization that preserves the old craft of chair weaving while providing work and community and meals for an aging community.
And one more of Peter and one of his horses, just because it brings me so much joy to look at.
There's a whole lot more in this issue, and if you haven't already received your copy as a subscriber, hop on over to Taproot to get your copy!
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This weekend, I'm so happy to be heading to Rhinebeck for New York Sheep and Wool Festival for my very first visit! I'll be spending some time with my friend Tammy (and her critters) at Wing and A Prayer Farm in building 31. Stop by to say hello if you're there - and there might just be a little Taproot gift there too!
Have a great weekend, all....