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 The Heirloom Tomatoes

(The Locally Delicious Team Members)

We, the "Heirloom Tomatoes" of Locally Delicious, have witnessed the harmful changes to our food system resulting from the shift to monopolized, industrial agriculture. We have come together to "re-localize" food. This is a movement we consider critical to the health of our selves, our communities, our ecosystems, and our children's futures. 

We wrote and edited Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast™.  Proceeds from this book are used to fund food projects by other organizations throughout the region.

After the publication of Locally Delicious, we saw the need for a book for families with children that would help them make better meals for their children. The focus of the book, LunchBox Envy, is on lunch, but the lessons apply to all meals.

We serve as networking agents for sustainable food system community development efforts and are involved in multiple policy-making councils and networks. We hope that our books and work will inspire people elsewhere to do the same within their own communities.


Heirloom Tomatoes at Potowat

The Tomatoes, pictured above, include (front row from left to right): Edie "Cherokee Purple" Jessup, Pat "Money Maker" Bitton, Martha “Jersey Devil” Haynes, Ann “Jubilee” King, Carol “Pleated Zapotec” Moné, (back row from left): Suzanne “Brandywine” Simpson, Ann “Tabletalk” Anderson and Lauren “Peacevine Cherry” Cohn-Sarabia. 

Edie ("Cherokee Purple") Jessup is a long-time food advocate and former board member of Roots of Change.

Pat "Money Maker" Bitton is a technical writer for Humboldt State University as well as for a number of software companies in the US and overseas. British by birth, Pat only discovered how truly good real food can be when she moved to Humboldt County in 2004 and she’s now a fervent supporter of local, sustainable food systems.

Martha "Jersey Devil" Haynes grew up in the Garden State. After 32 years as a teacher, in retirement, she has finally found the time to go more deeply into what to cook, why to cook it, and how to cook. Working on the Locally Delicious book has changed her in all three categories.

Ann "Jubilee" King thought she was a retired editor until she became an Heirloom Tomato. One of the nicest things anyone has said about her is that "she understands cooking."

Carol "Pleated Zapotec" Moné is a retired educator, a community activist and a serious locavore.

Suzanne "Brandywine" Simpson is a retired public relations professional and is presently a professional artist and an ardent home gardener who grows 85% of her family’s food.

Ann "Tabletalk" Anderson is a retired publisher of books and patterns on quilting. She spent most of her career in computer sales and marketing after earning a Master’s Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Lauren "Peace Vine Cherry" Cohn-Sarabia is a professional caterer in Humboldt County. She enjoys teaching cooking to children and adults, taking photographs and growing vegetables for her family in her home garden.



A Locally Delicious Fantasy


Twas the middle of January

While I slept in my bed

An incredible dream

Came into my head

Of six heirloom tomatoes

All cheery and bright

Going to Washington

One cold, snowy night

Waking the Senate

The House and Obama

Lining them up

It was incredible drama


Listen you bums

We’ll say it in rhyme

We’re changing the world

One tomato at a time


From the peak of the White House

To the top of the Mall

Vegetables soon sprouted

All over the walls

People reached out

When they wanted a munch

And picked a fresh veggie

It became the new lunch

Lobbyists soon came

From far and from wide

Giving out tomatoes

A new form of bribe

The economy thrived

Health Care soon passed

People were happy

At very long last

The tomatoes were famous

People knew them by name

They soon were enshrined

In the Locally Delicious Great Hall of Fame

To six of you heirlooms

With all of your vision

You’ve started a journey

With a wonderful mission

                                                                                               - Lew Litsky


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