Contributors to edible SOUTH SHORE

Contributors to edible SOUTH SHORE

Aja Amontea is a freelance writer, floral and event designer, social media strategist and grocery enthusiast. She shares her passion for good food with her husband and son at their home in Weymouth.

Tina V. Anthony is beginning her second career as a freelance writer based in Hingham, where she lives with her husband and their three daughters. After years as a Copy Director in the retail industry, Tina finds new inspiration writing about issues pertaining to health, travel, food, and local sustainability.

Kezia Bacon, edible South Shore’s Contributing Editor, writes a monthly column, “Nature (Human and Otherwise),” that has appeared in Gatehouse Media’s South Shore newspapers since 1996. She also writes a weekly “Around Town” column for the Marshfield Mariner. A Kripalu Yoga teacher and Certified Wedding Celebrant, she resides in Marshfield with her son.

Cheryl Caruolo While her writing is diverse, Cheryl specializes in science, spirituality and personal essay. She is a book author, a featured artist in multimedia art exhibits, and winner of several literary contests. Cheryl holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Michelle Conway has penned articles for the Boston Globe, the Duxbury Clipper, and the Express papers. She is taking classes towards a Masters’ in Gastronomy at Boston University and is the Membership Director for the Boston Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier.

Linda Coombs, Aquinnah Wampanoag, serves as the Director of the Wampanoag Resource Center of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation. Linda learned about clambakes from the Mashpee Wampanoag people, and has assisted in putting a few on, but has more experience in having them as a meal.

Karen Covey is a food writer, personal chef and cooking instructor living on the South Coast of Massachusetts. She grew up in the restaurant business where she first learned about food and the importance of sourcing local ingredients. She loves all things related to food, and is constantly inspired by the local ingredients of the coast in her cooking. Karen’s website:

Melissa Freed is an avid food enthusiast who has supported local and sustainable agriculture for many years. She is currently studying to further her health and fitness education in order to begin offering integrative nutrition and exercise plans and other wellness services to clients across the South Shore and Upper Cape. Her passion is in helping individuals and families reach their goals of a happy and healthier lifestyle. Melissa can be reached at

Cathy Sloan Gallagher is a life-long learner, amateur interior designer, and equal parts sailor and road-trip enthusiast, who is usually thinking about food – how to grow it, how to cook it, how to store it, and when to eat it. Her epitaph will undoubtedly read “I’m Hungry”. Cathy is a board-certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (NTP) and is the founder of Real Food Story, a nutritional assessment and learning experience that will help you make the connection between what you eat and how you feel. She lives in Braintree with her husband where they enjoy the various adventures of eating real food. Cathy can be reached at

Christy Gibbs Kendrick grew up in Carver and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.S. in Home Economics, with special emphasis on Nutrition and textile Design. She went to California in the ‘80’s, where she and her husband sold antiques full time. There, they were introduced to the healthy benefits of a raw food diet. Christy returned to her childhood home in the mid-‘90’s and resumed working the family garden plot with a passion. Currently, she works in Sales and Marketing for Acme Auto Glass.

Joan Kocsis is a bespectacled, cat-owning word person whose love of cooking once impelled her to start a small food business. She writes educational materials for young people and edits academic prose. A veteran Boston community gardener, she now gardens in Buzzards Bay, where she lives with her history-buff husband.

Jackie Lantry is a free lance writer and owner of Bliss Farm Antiques ( She lives deliciously in Rehoboth, Ma. with her husband Steve and their kids, Jack, Luke and Sophia. Follow Jackie’s food fun on her blog.

David Lehan is a father and writer. He lives in Marshfield with his young son.

Meridith (Meri) Lippard is in her junior year at Stonehill College this fall, studying English and Business. She just spent the summer at her dream job as an intern for eSS and will continue writing for the blog whenever possible. She works at Sugar Plum Bakery on the weekends frosting cupcakes and such.

Kristen Lofstrom is a Holistic Health Counselor focused on working with children, parents, and the community. She received her health counseling training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and she holds a BA in Communications and Special Education from Bridgewater State College. Kristen can be reached at

Olivia Lofstrom is a young author from Bridgewater. She is home schooled and this is her first published article (Number 3, Spring 2009 Issue). Olivia enjoys reading, writing, sports, piano, and musical theater.

Alex Mansfield is the Ecology Program Director for the Jones River Watershed Association and an oyster farmer. Lately he’s been knocking down dams to help rivers flow and herring swim.

Paula Marcoux brings a background in history and archaeology to bear on her interactions with today’s cooks and farmers. She believes that our local foods are not just a pile of ingredients, but also a diverse collection of techniques and ideas, the cumulative work of many cooks over several centuries. She urges everyone in the eSS community to play along each season by cooking something out of grandmother’s – or better yet, great-grandmother’s – recipe box. Paula’s website:

Cheryl Martin is an early childhood teacher at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. A mother of 4, she lives in Plymouth. An aspiring locavore, she is dedicated to supporting local farmers. She believes one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a good example.

Douglas A. Muir is an attorney in Boston who specializes in land conservation and open space protection. He is counsel to several statewide and regional land conservation organizations and has worked with landowners and land trusts in Massachusetts and other New England states. Mr. Muir is a member of the board of directors of Historic O’Neil farm Inc. He can be reached at

Katelyn Murphy, an upcoming sophomore English major attending Bridgewater State University is spending the warm summer months as an intern eating and exploring all the South Shore has to offer! She is working at her mother’s business, The Bryantville Deli and Catering Company out of her hometown Pembroke. She loves being creative with food and recipes making everything from scratch when possible. And coming from a long line of family chefs it goes without saying she has a true connection with food, with a real passion for baking and pastry. She aspires to become an editor and contributor for a food magazine.

Kathy Neustadt is the author of Clambake: A History and Celebration of an American Tradition (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992). She writes about food and culture (particularly of New England), and when she’s not relishing the delights of the South Shore, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their two dogs, and four cows.

Anne O’Brien-Kakley is a freelance writer and avid locavore. She enjoys spending time in her garden, cooking yummy food for her family, and reading. Anne is taking time off from a full-time job to raise her daughter and write a novel.

Monica O’Malley-Tavares lives in coastal Massachusetts, where open farmland and salty sea merge into one. In late fall and early winter, you can find her preparing seasonal drinks and food to share with family and friends.

Mary Blair Petiet, a Cape Cod native, lives with her family in Barnstable. She writes in support of local sustainability and is also a regular contributor to Edible Cape Cod.

Julia Powers spends much of her time thinking about, purchasing, and preparing wonderful food. She strives to use as much locally and organically grown food as possible. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Nutrition. She lives in Hingham with her husband and three children.

Dave Purpura, owner of Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm, quit the high-tech rat race to pursue a life-long passion for farming in 2005. His CSA program has built a community of like-minded foodies, farmers, and enthusiastic supporters.

Sasha Purpura left high-tech in 2009 to find work more integrate with her life on Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm. While working towards her MBA in Environmental and Organizational Sustainability at Antioch University, she keeps herself busy with farm and food related activities including taking lots of pictures, maintaining the farm’s blog, and helping to support Plymouth Local Foods.

Gina Rainwater is the proprietor of Rainwater Falls Herbal & Aromatherapy Apothecary and a professionally certified Herbalist and Aromatherapist. She started Rainwater Falls as an avenue for selling soaps and herbals. She also teaches others how this amazing world of herbal helpers and alternative therapies can assist us on our journey of well-being.

Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely edited The Culinary Times on food history, published by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. Her dictionary, The Chef’s Companion (John Wiley & Sons) is in its 3rd edition, marking changes in the edible landscape. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to Edible Boston.

Katherine Rossmoore is a freelance writer, former lawyer, certified yoga teacher, and integrative health coach. She is the mother of three boys, and is acrobatically trying to balance her commitment to social, environmental, and community causes with the needs of her family, her writing, and her new health coaching business!

Dr. Mark Russo has been a veterinarian since 1973. These days he spends much of his professional time using alternative and holistic medicine to promote healing and wellness. He has been known to particularly enjoy crawling around the floor with his patients and whispering in their ear. Dr. Russo’s non-veterinary interests include volunteer leadership work for non-profit spiritual retreat organizations, yoga, and lots of walking. More at

Heather Smith is a gardening fanatic. She spends her time trying to convince anyone who will listen, that growing and making your own food is the future of the world. With a growing family, chickens, a dog and massive garden, she doesn’t get out much. As a result, she does most of her talking to people on the internet at

Martha Stone is an award winning chef, Mom and Grandmother. Martha is an avid supporter of local foods and organic agriculture. She has worked in food service for most of her life and has owned and operated 2 of her own restaurants, Martha’s Galley and Martha’s Stone Soup, both in Plymouth. She is currently earning her living as the Chef and General Manager of “The 570 Market” in Boston’s South End. She enjoys supporting the local Farmer’s Markets and spreading the word and the joy about the benefits of our local

Kate Strassel is currently pursuing a degree in creative writing and literature at the Harvard Extention School in Cambridge. She lives in East Bridgewater with her husband and two young children and is dedicated to supporting sustainable, organic farming and protecting our environment.

Kathy Tracy is a horticulturalist, garden design consultant, and lecturer. In 1987, Kathy, along with her husband Chris, began Avant Gardens, an uncommon plant nursery and landscape design/build firm in Dartmouth,

S. Terry Vandewater, freelance writer by day and screenplay writer by night, combines her passion for cooking with an extensive food industry background. Terry lives in Duxbury with her husband and sons, who happily are her willing guinea pigs in the kitchen.

Laura Vaughan is a writer, high school history teacher in Fall River, and owner of the quaint bed & breakfast, The Wayfarer, in New Bedford.

Rachel Vidoni is a freelance writer and dabbles in growing vegetables of all kinds, even though she cannot grow any species of the brassica family to save her life. This disappointment was offset by the fact that she had a particularly good year with tomatoes, yellow crookneck squash, and green beens. She lives in Easton with two children who hate to garden, a three year old who tramples her seedlings, and a husband who helps her pull weeds.

Ellen Petry Whalen Ellen Petry Whalen grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod and has been calling it home for six years, with her husband and their two organically-fed, home schooled daughters. She has worked in sales and marketing in the medical nutrition industry as well as in the wine industry. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Wellesley College.

Lisa Whalen birdwatches, cooks and gardens pondside in the backwoods of Plymouth. She makes her living as a copywriter.

Marjorie R. Williams, a native of Pennsylvania, considers herself a successful transplant. She cares deeply about the agricultural and environmental health of southeastern Massachusetts. Working as a book coach and freelance writer, she gains sustenance from her family, friends, and dog. She scurries between South Dartmouth and Cambridge and is grateful to have two feet planted in both worlds. Her book Markets of Paris will be published in Spring 2012 by The Little Bookroom.

Samantha Woods is the Executive Director for the North and South Rivers Watershed Association and volunteers for the Weir River Watershed in her off hours. Lately she has been working to restore herring in both of these river systems either through dam removal or appropriate fish ladder management. And long ago in a galaxy far far away she and Alex both were working on their Master’s degrees in the same phytoplankton laboratory at UMass Boston.

Kathleen FitzPatrick Wright began her career in financial services, working at KPMG and State Street. She switched careers and has started her own business providing technical writing services to small businesses and corporations. She also enjoys freelance writing, and her work has appeared in many local newspapers and magazines. She is a frequent contributor to edible South Shore, and currently lives in Marshfield with her husband and two children.

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