“Community.” It's a word that conjures up goodwill and a peaceful, easy feeling. It's a song we all want to hum along with, in part because we love the sound of it, but truthfully, we hum because we don't always know the words. If we are being honest, and let's be, community can be a wee bit vague. It's a delightful collective word that can sometimes fail to actively include the individual. We all want to be a part of a vibrant and dynamic community, but how does that look in practical terms?
If you’ve ever waited on line, anxiously, for a limited 20-pound bag of Stone Free Farm fall carrots – pacing like a junkie – only to find they’ve sold out in fifteen minutes, you are not alone.
The lucky ones stroll away grinning, like they’ve just bought 20 pounds of endorphins, or sunk some cash in the savings plan: Root Vegetable Security. And you may wonder, “what is it,” about those orange missiles of beta-carotene that sell out every week, May through October, totaling 16,000 pounds of carrots (at $2 per pound) by season’s end?
Since our last issue, you have been on the infamous Bravo show, Top Chef. How did that come about? Were you, in a sense, discovered?
Eliza Gavin: I can’t really talk much about the interview process, but I can tell you that I was made aware that they were doing auditions in Denver, so I flew up their on a lark. It seemed like something fun to do. And from there it took on a life of its own, if you will.