Woman Starts Magazine To Showcase 'Edible Columbus'

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A woman is using a dual approach to spread the word about the value of healthy food that is locally grown.

Tricia Wheeler has enjoyed cooking all of her life, 10TV's Andrea Cambern reported on Wednesday.

After 10 years of running a security firm, Wheeler sold the business and went to the French Culinary Institute in New York, where she developed an interest in fresh, locally grown food.

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"While I was studying the culinary arts, I picked up the first copy of Edible Manhattan, and fell in love with the stories that were all local food stories," Wheeler said.

Wheeler came home and started a sister magazine, Edible Columbus.

"I grew up with a mother who's also a wonderful cook," Wheeler said.  "And it's just, I think, in my blood."

It features stories of farmers, food producers, and chefs, plus food events happening in central Ohio.

Wheeler said the local food movement is big now because the food's healthier.

"It's not traveling here. It's not being artificially ripened. It's not being shot with hormones and all the different additives that are going into food today," Wheeler said.  "If you're buying the food from the farmers that are growing it in our community, then our dollars are staying in our own community."
 
Through her magazine and cooking classes, Wheeler hopes to become a catalyst for change and encourage people to eat healthier.

"Hopefully they'll make little decisions in their own choices that um would make their own lives richer and happier," Wheeler said.

The magazine is free, and available at some area grocery stores, farmers markets, and specialty food locations.

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