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Whitney Pipkin

Freelance Journalist

Washington, DC area

Whitney Pipkin

A staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal
and a freelance journalist focused on food, farms
and the environment. Pipkin's freelance work appears
nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications such as Virginia Living, Northern Virginia and Arlington magazines and the Delmarva Farmer. Pipkin has served as guest editor for Edible DC’s fall 2018 and summer 2016 issues.

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Rethinking School Lunch

We challenged three chefs-with-kids to make over school lunch—and tell us why it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Spooning rosemary-infused honey onto apple slices was getting every ounce of Lucia García’s attention, until her father reminded her of the time. “Lulu, you need to go faster,” Ruben García said, lightheartedly, reminding his 9-year-old sous chef that their meal would need to be plated in a few minutes.
Edible DC Link to Story
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Guest Editor, Edible DC Fall 2018

I served as Guest Editor of the Fall 2018 issue of Edible DC, curating, organizing, editing and writing much of its content.
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Invasive Species are Riding on Plastics Across the Ocean

We know plastics are as plentiful in parts of the open ocean as they are in our everyday lives. But, until recently, scientists didn’t consider that such debris could also be carrying a new wave of invasive species to the shores of the United States. Now they're finding that not only is that happening, but they suspect that some of the species will thrive.
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Provisions: Mediterrafish

The new-and-improved seafood market now offers take home ready-to-eat trays. Tuba Sapanli can’t wait to show off the floors at Mediterrafish, the seafood market that recently opened at its new location in Halstead Square less than a year after its lease expired at nearby Mosaic District. Made of an aquamarine-colored epoxy, the floors are meant to make customers feel like they’re walking on water and—if aromas from the market’s restaurant didn’t already do the trick—that should cause cravings for the effortless brand of eating that accompanies a good day at the beach.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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How Del Ray’s Dairy Godmother almost was no more

A retirement, a new owner and Barack Obama’s commemorative chair. “The fairy tale is over,” read the headline of a Washington Post article when Liz Davis announced the sobering news: The Dairy Godmother—a frozen custard shop that, after 17 years on Del Ray’s main strip, had become a backbone of the neighborhood—would not be reopening in 2017.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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The elusive parent date night: Why you need it, and how to make it happen

Going on a bona fide date with my husband used to be as simple as making an Open Table reservation and taking a night off from the kitchen. But now that we have a pair of young children underfoot, getting out the door comes at such a steep cost —...
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How the commonwealth’s brewery scene climbed the ranks

Raise a glass to the government that’s helped the state’s brewed options abound. When Jonathan Staples put a half-hearted offer on a derelict horse farm in Lucketts, turning it into a hops-growing hub for the county’s fast-growing beer industry was not in his playbook. The restaurant industry veteran, who also owns Richmond’s James River Distillery, mentioned to Loudoun County officials that he wanted to grow hops on some of the 60-acre farm, a fragrant botanical to use in the distillery’s gin.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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Provisions: The Pure Pasty Co.

Vienna storefront reimagines what was once a simple lunch for Cornish tin miners in the 1700s. When Michael Burgess first started selling savory hand-pies out of a small storefront in Vienna, he didn’t know nostalgia for British baked goods would be so strong. “There are a lot of Anglophiles here who’ve had work experience in the U.K., with their company or the military,” says Burgess, British accent and all, who opened shop in 2010 after leaving his banking career in Cheshire, England.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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Garden Glory

The kitchen garden at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards is as beautiful as it is bountiful. Find Diane Burns watering the gardens that fan out from Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards’ tasting room in North Garden, and you’re in for a treat. Pick her brain about what’s on the menu that day—odds are she plucked the ingredients from the grounds that morning—or, better yet, glean tips on how to grow food more beautifully at home.
Virginia Living Link to Story
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Managed grazing cultivates new believers

A Maryland dairyman felt like a lone wolf when he started down the decade-long path to nourishing his animals and his land differently. A Virginia cattleman said his neighbors laughed at him, and a Pennsylvania rancher agreed. No other farmer they knew was using grazing techniques this way. “Now,” said Mike Phillips, a farmer in Rockingham County, VA, “the ones who laughed are asking how we’re doing it.”.
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Food Tank Panel: Fireside Chat w/ Leading Farmers Organizations [Food Tank Summit]

Fireside Chat featuring Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union, Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director & Co-Founder, National Young Farmers Coalition; and Mark Poeschl, CEO, National FFA Organization. Moderated by Whitney Pipkin, Reporter, the Chesapeake Bay Journal. Discussion held at the 2018 Food Tank Summit held February 28th in partnership with George Washington University, World Resources Institute, the National Farmers Union, the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmers Coalition, Grist, Mother Jones, and Edible DC.
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A Peas Offering For The Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival The Real Deal?

The nearly $8 billion dairy-alternatives market is expected to double in size over the next four years, thanks in part to the growing number of people avoiding cow's milk. But, even if former milk drinkers can get over the differences in taste, there's one front on which the almond, cashew and coconut cannot compete with the cow: protein.

About

Whitney Pipkin

Whitney Pipkin is a staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal and a freelance journalist focused on food, farms and the environment. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications like Virginia Living, Northern Virginia and Arlington magazines and the Delmarva Farmer. Pipkin has served as guest editor for Edible DC’s fall 2018 and summer 2016 issues.
A wife and mother based in Northern Virginia, she occasionally blogs about food, family, fitness and faith (how's that for alliteration?) at ThinkAboutEat.com.