This month we are delighted to feature Rebecca Gummere for our member spotlight. Joining BRWIA as a member in the fall of 2018, Rebecca now works as the Food Hub Assistant and makes a perfect addition to the BRWIA team. We interviewed Rebecca recently and found out more about why she's passionate about local food.
P.S. You should totally check out her Chasing Light blog where she regularly shares great recipes like this Kale Yeah! recipe.
Courtney: Why did you want to become a member of BRWIA?
Rebecca: For a long time I’ve admired the work of BRWIA and its potential for impact in the High Country, not just for women farmers but for the whole food “ecosystem” and local economy. I attended a few events and then became a regular customer of the Food Hub, and found myself more and more invested in BRWIA succeeding in its mission. So I decided to become a member and make my commitment official.
Courtney: Would you encourage others to become members of BRWIA? If so, why?
Rebecca: I absolutely would! I would direct them to the wonderful history, literally “grass-roots,” of the organization and then the marvelous organic way it has grown, keeping service to the community at its forefront. Then I’d suggest if they enjoy being able to purchase locally sourced food, becoming a member of BRWIA is a great way to help support continued growth and development for our farming and producing neighbors.
Courtney: Do you have any favorite memories/ stories about anything you’ve done with BRWIA?
Rebecca: I attended a really well-presented and fun workshop on fermentation, then came home and tried out all the things we’d learned – ginger ale, sauerkraut, and sourdough. The ginger ale got my mother’s stamp of approval (no small thing!), and the sauerkraut turned out remarkably well; I ate it for weeks. And I tested the sourdough in a pancake recipe that, with butter and maple syrup, made me all swoony. Of course, I would have to say, being hired as Food Hub Assistant is my latest most favorite memory!
Courtney: Do you have any great quotes that you would like to share?
Rebecca: I’m just reading Barbara Kingsolver’s memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,and was struck by her quote: “"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week." It sure is yet another compelling reason to make buying local a priority.
Courtney: What are your passions/ hobbies/ interests/accomplishments?
Rebecca: I love to cook and to try new foods and dishes, and go out to eat with friends and visit local breweries. I love hiking, and I’ve just taken up snowshoeing as well. I am an avid reader and am afflicted with a good deal of wanderlust, so I’m crazy about traveling. And I’m a published writer working on my first book, a memoir about a recent nine-month spiritual pilgrimage.