We are very grateful to our talented photographers, contributors and editorial advisors for the passion, knowledge and hard work they pour into the pages of Edible Madison. Read on to meet the contributors whose work appeared in the most recent print edition.
has written scores of articles and books about Wisconsin’s food traditions and culinary culture, including the award-winning The Flavor of Wisconsin, The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids, and Wisconsin Local Foods Journal. She is food editor for Organic Valley, president of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) and a longtime director of REAP Food Group, the cutting-edge food and sustainability organization based in Madison. She is hungry all the time.
was born and raised in the cornfields of Iowa, and after multiple attempts to escape to other parts of the world, she found herself pulled back to the black Midwestern earth of her roots. She now calls the Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin home, where she found a passion for organic food and discovered that fields can be filled with things other than corn. Still the wandering soul, she travels far and often, and has come to know that the most meaningful art is nestled in the places one calls home.
Anna Thomas Bates
is a freelance writer, food blogger and mom of two young boys living in Albany, Wis. She moved to Wisconsin 14 years ago, and after visiting the Dane County Farmers Market and camping at Newport State Park, she's never looked back. If you can't find her weeding the garden or playing bulldozer mechanic in the living room, she's probably in the kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies. Find more information and seasonal recipes at her blog, TallgrassKitchen.com.
is a cheese geek, but she didn't start out that way. Raised on Velveeta on a family farm in Wisconsin, after college she worked as a journalist and then as a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Today, as part of her own company, Wisconsin Cheese Originals, Jeanne promotes artisan cheeses for a living. She founded the annual Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival, held every November in Madison, where consumers meet more than 50 cheesemakers and sample hundreds of Wisconsin original cheeses.
is the author of the novel Vintage (HarperCollins, March 2014). She lives, writes, cooks, eats, mothers, and works as an attorney in Madison. She blogs about fiction, fashion, food and wine at GlossingOverIt.com. Photo by Nick Wilkes.
cut his teeth in local foods as a farm hand a Driftless Organics. His passion for sustainable agriculture has led to work with farmers on five continents, including research and consulting on diverse topics from grazing and wildlife monitoring to marketing and ethics. His current research for a graduate degree in Agroecology focuses on agroforestry in the Driftless area. He serves as board chair for Community Conservation. He can be lost or found pedaling, paddling, preparing his almost-famous salsa or planting trees on his folks’ farm.
holds a Communication and Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. A Wisconsin native, he is a local adventurer who loves food, photos and a good wheat beer. He is passionate about enjoying food with others and capturing life in Southern Wisconsin through photography.
spent 10 years as the produce manager/buyer at the Viroqua Food Co-op helping customers decide what's for dinner (something fresh and local, of course!). She now co-owns a catering business that focuses on local/ seasonal foods, Rooted Spoon Culinary. Dani loves to grow and preserve her own vegetables, herbs and fruits and help her husband raise grass-fed steers and chickens on their farm near Soldiers Grove. She develops recipes and vegetable handling tips for the Driftless Organics CSA newsletter and occasionally hawks produce at the Driftless Organics Dane County Farmers Market stand.
sprouted his roots growing up on an apple orchard in central Wisconsin, spent years working in the backcountry of the northern Rockies, and has always been shaped by the landscapes he inhabits. A recent immigrant to the Driftless region, he has found a home in the coulees of southwest Wisconsin. Merging a background in ecology, a passion for organic agriculture and a love of poetry and philosophy, he strives to walk softly and help where he can.