I can count on my hands how many assignments I have done the past five years that have reached down into my soul and grasped the depths of my heart in a way that changed how I viewed the world. This was certainly one of those assignments.
Last month I had the pleasure of being assigned to write about the Caspari family's farm in College Park, Maryland. On a very early drizzling morning I headed to the suburban neighborhood, camera in hand, ready to snap a few photos and head back to bed.
Little did I know what awaited me within the confines of a quarter acre plot on a tiny cul-de-sac on a sleepy resident street in Maryland.
The Casparis came to America from Indonesia, first Roy then Arti. Since being reunited in America the two have created a beautiful life full of love, happiness and produce. The love and compassion they show for not only each other, but the food that they produce, acted as a reminder for me to practice such values in my own everyday life.
I won't divulge all the details of my experience on their farm- you can read the full story in the latest Edible DC. But one thing I can say is that the Casparis are some of my newest friends- and ones that I look forward to seeing for years to come.
A special thank you to the Caspari family for not only allowing me to visit their home, but for feeding me absolutely delicious food every time I visit them at the market.
And a heartfelt thank you to Edible DC, who continues to nurture and challenge me with every passing issue.
(UPDATE: As of 09/15/15 the digital copy has been made available online at edibledc.com . A screen capture of the piece is included below.)