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10 Questions with Edible Cape Cod's Dianne and Doug Langeland

Meet the owners of Edible Cape Cod.

1) What did you dream of being as a kid?

At various times a ballerina, a nun, a teacher and a mommy (none of which came to pass and which, collectively, probably give away my age). 

2) How does your personality play into your business?

Mostly through our editorial. We write about people and businesses that we are curious about. And we don’t take ourselves too seriously and so (hopefully) our magazine comes across as fun and informative, rather than preachy.  

3) At what moment did you decide to open a business?

When we read about the first Edible publication—Edible Ojai—in the Saveur magazine’s top 100 in 2004. The two women who created this humble little publication in southern California had made a big impact on their community by writing about local growers. We wanted to do the same for the Cape. (As an aside, today there are over 70 Edible publications—all locally owned—across North America.)

4) What inspired you?  

The same reason as above. 

5) Describe the biggest challenge of owning a business in the town of Barnstable?

No surprise to any business owner on the Cape: the seasonality is absolutely the biggest challenge.

6) Describe the best thing about owning a business in the town of Barnstable?

The opportunity to get to know and support our advertisers by being their customers.

7) What is one thing you would never change about your business?

Never is a word I try never to use, but I hope never to lose the drive to put out the very best publication possible.

8) What is your business’ greatest asset?

Our wonderful contributors. We’ve worked with many of our writers for a number of years and they still impress and inspire us with their passion for writing about the local food scene.

9) What is your favorite spot in town?

Our humble plot of yard. We have been gradually converting it to an edible landscape by installing raised beds for vegetables and planting fruit trees. Every week it changes and I love growing food for our table. I just pulled three fat leeks from a bed yesterday and we had them for dinner last night.

10) What’s one thing the community should know about you?

We get our best inspiration from our readers and people we meet in the community. Please don’t be shy about sharing your knowledge about local foods.

Katherine Collmer January 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Great interview! Thanks! Got me all sparked up to check into Edible Cape Cod!
Jennifer Simckowitz (Editor) January 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Great to hear :)

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