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UPDATE: Edible Chesapeake to close

Local-food cheerleader Edible Chesapeake has published its last issue.

In a note to readers, publisher Renee Brooks Catacalos said her decision to cease publication was based on how best to balance the needs of her family and the needs of the local food community.

"I was before and I still am an advocate of local foods and a lover of local foods," Catacalos told me. "The magazine was so all-encompassing that this season I barely had time to pick up my own CSA (community-supported agriculture) share and cook for my family. It was a little too much."

Update: The Slow Cook's Ed Bruske gets a detailed explanation from Catacalos about reasons for closing. The short answer is similar to what we reported yesterday: money and time. But for more information, read the post.

Catacalos took over as editor in spring 2007 and has published 11 quarterly issues. Highlights included a feature called "The Tale of Two Markets," which looked at food access issues at a time when the Anacostia farmers market closed and the Crossroads market in Takoma Park opened. The magazine also charted the rise of local grass-fed beef and profiled local food entrepreneurs such as Ned Atwater of Atwater's bakery. Edible Chesapeake printed 40,000 copies.

There is no official word on who, if anyone, will take over the Edible Chesapeake franchise. Sources say that that at least one local journalist has discussed the possibility of starting an Edible Washington quarterly with parent company Edible Communities. The Washington, Baltimore and Richmond areas all were included in Edible Chesapeake's official territory.

-- Jane Black

By Jane Black  |  November 25, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Sustainable Food  | Tags: Jane Black, magazines  
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Comments

As another local magazine publisher (Washington Gardener) , I can totally relate to Renee and the life IMbalance issues. When people ask me if y magazine is a full-time job (as if it is a hobby or lark), I almost have to weep - currently I work about 100 hours a week on the publication and still feel there is much more I need to do. Blessings to Renee - EdChes was a marvelous publication and I'll miss it.

Posted by: KathyMJ | November 24, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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