Celebrating the Season 2018

While putting together this issue, we had the chance to report on the League of Urban Canners (p.28). The group finds fruit, much of which is hidden in plain sight, throughout Somerville and Cambridge. Public parks, neighbors’ yards—they’re all fair game for the leaguers (after getting permission, of course), who can the fruity goodness and use it to get through our long winters.

Much like the League of Urban Canners, this fall we went foraging for hidden gems. What we found was a world traveler who’s trying to put a sustainable spice market on the map (p.18). We explored the go-to shop for honey lovers (p.32). Plus we handpicked 40 gifts from local shops, so you can find something for everyone on your list while supporting your neighborhood businesses (p.20).

In non-holiday news, we took a dive into Cambridge’s water, and discovered the real problems it poses for local coffee shops that depend on large volumes of water every day (p.14). And we’re excited to honor Dr. Aaronson Chew in what will become a regular feature of the Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers who are making amazing contributions to our city (p.38).

We hope these stories help you close 2018 on a high note. From all of us at Scout, have a happy holiday season!

Reena Karasin

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