Let them eat cake.
That was our thought when we conceived the cover for Flavor’s first-ever farm wedding feature; we didn’t count on the yellow tulips. True to every goat stereotype, Yoshi (the cocoa goat smiling on our cover) and her 20 herd-mates from Bearly Alpines farm in Sperryville were vastly more interested in nibbling the flowers, chewing the table cloth, and playing king of the hill on the picnic table than eating the gorgeous confection baked by Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations in Charlottesville. (Yoshi finally got curious and took a bite, then sat in the cake.)
Anita generously donated two different cakes for the shoot—you can see the other one on our last page and in a slide show on our website. And our thanks go out to Sue and Ryan Garvin from Bearly, who kept the mamma goats distracted as their babies wreaked havoc on the table.
We’re so excited about this issue. Not only do we feature three lovely couples who embraced the Capital foodshed for their weddings, we feature three recent veterans whom the foodshed has embraced in their new lives as civilian farmers. They raise fruit, bamboo, and soil, and as they heal the earth, they are healing themselves and others too.
And we share the story of Sugarleaf Vineyards, a winery touched by tragedy but shaped by devotion among friends.
This issue finds us inspired by love, bravery, and the camaraderie that comes from creating something beautiful, together.
You’re part of that, too.
Thanks for reading,
Melissa Harris and Pamela Hess