5 Years Ago I created Harvest Eating.com. My goal was to share with people the cooking techniques I learned in 25 years of professional cooking in restaurants all over the country and the experiences of moving my family to a small farm in the hills of North Carolina.
After we moved to the farm my culinary and personal life changed as I learned about growing foods, raising farm animals, canning & preserving as well as meeting many small farmers. I quickly devoted my career to seasonal cooking with local foods.
I was an early proponent of cooking with local foods and supporting local farmers and was actively involved in my community. As part of these early efforts, I was co-founder of the Greenville SC Slow Food Chapter.
Over the years, I have been massively humbled by the well wishes, kind words and support form the millions of viewers all over the world that consumer our content. I have interacted with so many great people who like me, want to continue learning about healthy eating using local foods from small farms and farm markets.
This website has given me the opportunity to build my name recognition as one of the internets most popular chefs in this genre. This popularity resulted in my first cookbook, The Harvest Eating cookbook. To support the book I have traveled all over the world promoting it at events and festivals and book signings.
What started as a hobby has become a career.
However, after all these years it’s clear that without asking our viewers for financial support, we cannot continue to publish the website or create new content. Video production at this level is quite expensive and time consuming. Our fans and viewers desire new content on a regular basis, however without your support, these costs are just about impossible for us to fund.
We are aware that recipes are available on many sites for free, and some of the sites are very good with tested, high-quality content. However, most recipe sites are filled with user generated content which is unreliable, un-tested and often times not very good.
Our recipe content is all created in-house, by me, in my own test kitchen. The recipes I create take time, effort and money to get right. I have attempted to use advertising to fully support the site so our viewers could enjoy the content free of charge, however it only provides a tiny bit or revenue. I understand the reality of today’s economy and the reasons some people might be hesitant to pay for expensive subscription plans. to address this, we now have 3 affordable subscription options starting as little as .19 cents per day.
I very much appreciate all of our subscribers, fans and viewers and thank you all for allowing me to support my family while continuing the journey of teaching people how to cook with local and seasonal foods.