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Locavore Quarterly takes root

Edible, a free quarterly magazine featuring farmers, foragers, brewers, vintners and artisan producers who produce local food, has landed in Kansas City.

The Edible model is the brainchild of

Edible Communities, Inc.,

a publishing company that promotes food cultures of various regions throughout the United States and Canada, including Edible San Francisco, Edible Cape Cod, Edible Omaha, Edible Hawaiian Islands and Edible Queens.

Edible Communities was the 2011 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year.

Local publishers Tracey Russell and Tamara Marler live in south Kansas City and are avid gardeners. Russell was on vacation when she saw a copy of Edible Seattle. She convinced Marler, who used to raise sheep and rabbits for market when she lived in Idaho, that they should bring Edible to Kansas City.

“The reception has been incredible,” says Marler. “Everyone is loving it. They’re just flying out the door.”

The first issue of

Edible Kansas City

features “Talk Dirty to Me,” a Q A with Bad Seed farmer Brooke Salvaggio, a feature on Local Pig with recipes and a 20-year overview of organics by Gary Hirshberg, chairman and co-founder of Stonyfield, originally published in Green Money Journal.

The magazine is available at nearly 85 distribution points, including Bad Seed Market, the Brookside Farmers Market, Whole Foods and many farm-to-table restaurants.

Jill Silva is The Star’s James Beard Award-winning food editor and restaurant critic. She has won more than 25 national writing awards and been included in the “Best Food Writing” anthologies of 2008 and 2011. She is the author of The Star’s “Eating for Life” cookbook and the past president of The Association of Food Journalists.