My name is El and I’m a New Englander, photographer, artist, stylist and communicator who loves local food, fine chocolate, excellent craftsmanship and simple, beautiful everyday living. I’m also the founder and creator of Fresh New England and Fresh - sites I hope you’ll enjoy reading. Pull up a chair and stay a while. I’m glad you stopped by.
Use of My Images
I welcome your comments and your feedback. Please keep in mind that this space is for worthwhile interaction only. Rude, unpleasant and/ or snarky comments will be deleted.
Product Reviews and Picthes
I sometimes give away or feature products on my blogs or on Twitter. I generally seek out these items myself through direct contact with the artisan. The works are are typically of high quality, handcrafted and tell a story that can be shared through photography. I do not accept financial remuneration for their inclusion on my blog. Giveaways are either artisan donations or items I have purchased myself and wish to share with my readers.
I do not do book reviews or promote items or businesses simply because I am asked. I also do not promote items on Twitter because I am asked. If I mention something, it’s because I happen to love it.
What is Fresh New England? How did it get started?
Fresh New England is a guide to freshly grown, handmade and artisan food in New England. Unlike most of the America, where factory farms dominate, New England is home to millions of acres of local, sustainable, family owned farms - some of this land has been in business since the Colonial era. The farms are productive, having developed a niche market for those who care about localism, quality, and fresh food.
Fresh New England was born out of frustration. Despite the fact that New England has over 100 wineries, over 50 artisan cheese makers, thousands of acres of sustainable family owned farms, and artisans galore, there existed no comprehensive guide to finding local food. Not one. About 9 years ago, I started keeping track of local food discoveries as well as shops and restaurants I’d hear about through the grapevine. The notebook grew so large I decided to share it with others on the web and thus, Fresh New England was born.
Can I send you my products to try?
You’re welcome to do so but keep in mind it does not mean I will publicize the product.
Do you accept advertising on your sites?
I will consider sponsorship if it is a good match for the site.
What kind of camera do you use and what is your favorite lens?
I use a Nikon D700 and a Nikon D5000. My favorite lens is the Nikon micro lens.
Why do you emphasize grams over cups in your recipes?
Because grams are more accurate in baking. Using a digital scale also makes baking much easier. There’s no measuring and leveling, you just press a button and pour the ingredients into a bowl. Also, my readers are from all over the world and the rest of the world uses grams. I’ve struggled with which measurement to post on the blog. I now do my best to provide both gram and cup measurements and definitely encourage using a digital scale.
Do you exchange links? Will you respond to my comments?
I only post links of sites that I love. I do make every effort to reciprocate when people leave comments - do bare with me because sometimes my schedule gets in the way.
Who designs your sites?