Publisher's Note: Say cheese
By Jody Reese
Last week our paper looked at New Hampshire’s cheese artisans. This seems a far cry from the time when we couldn’t even find whole-wheat bread at our local supermarket. But New Hampshire is quickly becoming — as is all of the Northeast — home to all sorts of small craft food producers. We’re actually making things again.
Of course, we in New Hampshire never really stopped making things; it just seemed out of fashion for a while.
To change subjects, there are many who worry about our country’s long-term prospects as we keep buying things from China — and accumulating huge amounts of debt.
And while these things worry me too, I’m encouraged by the previous subject — people making good things, like cheese. The government can do a lot of help or hinder us, but in the end it’s that American ingenuity that I’m banking on. The people who have a dream of making organic yogurt — and against all odds in Londonderry — turn their family business into a national brand.
But you don’t need to create a Stonyfield to be successful. Just feeding your family and putting a roof over your head is a great accomplishment, and if along the way you help create something, that to me is the American dream.
I still believe in making something more than money. So here’s to you, cheese maker, farmer, boat builder and mason..