Taproot's Issue 27::BLOOM is now out in the world! There's a whole lot of goodness inside, and I hope you'll pop on over to check it out and grab your copy if you don't already subscribe. But today, rather than showing you a little bit of the whole issue as I usually do, I wanted to take you deeper into just one of the stories, one that I became so familiar with from start to finish! In recent issues, With a pretty stelar Taproot team able to keep things a moving without me, I've been enjoying doing a little more photography for the pages, once again. I've found a good storytelling partner in my friend Stacy Brenner, whose thoughtful and curious nature make for such a great interviewer. I let her do her thing, interjecting here and there, but mostly stepping back and poking around places and spaces taking photographs. We've done a few of these collaborations now, and besides loving the work we do on the storytelling, there's also the bonus of squeezing in a working visit with a dear friend.
But the real joy comes in being able to dive deeply into the workings of the people and places we're writing about and photographing. Jasper Hill Farm was such a fascinating place to visit! For the love of cheese, but also for the love of thriving rural economies, and for the love of family and business and how those can and must fit together. Matteo was so generous with his day, showing us all around the gorgeous cheese caves and answering all of our questions.
I don't carry my giant camera around with me quite like I used to, and it's rare these days that I'm so excited to get home and get the photos off my camera card. Certainly this was one of those days, wanting to relive it a bit and look even more closely through the photographs. My littles have a strong love for the Jasper Hill Winnimere Cheese, which comes out at special occasions at our house. After this visit to Vermont, arriving home with photographs of said cheese - and with a little bit of it in my bag for dinner - they were happy to see Mama at the end of this day!
Stacy's words about Jasper Hill are far more eloquent and interesting than mine, and I hope you'll find a way to read them in the pages of Issue 27::BLOOM, along with so many other inspiring stories and crafts and food around it.
And if you are already a subscriber, thank you, thank you! You are the one and only reason we are able to keep on telling these stories!
Oh, now I wish that plate full of cheese were still with me!