Adrian White

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Adrian WhitE

Writer Emeritus

Adrian White is an organic farmer, gardener, and certified herbalist based in the Iowa City area of Iowa.

When it comes to writing about food, she loves indulging in the growing and agricultural aspect of it – as well as its potential for health and healing. Food, agriculture, and herbalism form her trifecta of passions.

Adrian has written many food, herbalism, and health-oriented articles that have been published around the web. She has also ghostwritten nearly a dozen published Amazon Kindle e-books on these subjects, many of which are bestsellers.

Adrian’s interest in food began in 2008, with the culture surrounding its production, sustainability, and environmental impact igniting her passions most of all. This sparked her to set up an immersive college internship in Ecuador to learn organic food production – which later led her through many U.S. regions: southern Oregon, Appalachia, the Southwest, and the Midwest.

Adrian has learned CSA management and microgreen production as a participant in projects near Houston, Texas; infrastructure and start-up practices in northern California; animal husbandry and mushroom cultivation in North Carolina; as well as the basic tenets of organic vegetable production in these places and more, including Oregon and Minnesota throughout 2008-2011.

Her educational path finally led her to eastern Iowa in 2012, where she became Field and Pack-Shed Manager, CSA Administrator, and Web Master at Echollective Farm & CSA – an organic farming business she still remains connected to and involved in today.

Adrian strongly insists that growing food is more her niche than cooking it (though she does try)! She adheres to a low- to no-gluten diet, but absolutely cannot resist breakfast foods and crab meat rangoons.

Otherwise, Adrian loves to tinker with fermented beverages more than anything else, like kombucha and shrubs, as well as healing herbal preparations.

Her main food, farming, and herbalism endeavors have sprouted into her own project, Deer Nation Herbs, a developing LLC that grows and produces healthy, organic veggies and greens along with herbal simple syrups, bitters, and shrubs.

She is a cooperative grower with the Greenshare LLC of the Iowa City area, making her produce and products available to local restaurants.

Body of Work:

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Strawberry Basil Jam

There is so much you can do with fresh basil. If you have plenty of this herb growing in your summer garden, chances are you’ll still have some left over after you make all of your pestos and sauces. Save the rest for this sweet strawberry basil jam. Get all the details you need for your next jarring day now.

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Carrot Muffins

Freshly grated carrot and tart Granny Smith apple are the tickets to sweet, moist muffins that melt in your mouth. Woody vanilla, earthy cinnamon, and peppery ginger create notes of warm spice, while butter and brown sugar bring richness. Read on to add this recipe to your collection of crave-worthy baked goods.

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Baked Tilapia and White Asparagus

Want a delicious seafood dinner that goes from oven to table in under thirty minutes? In this recipe, we nestle flaky tilapia and sweet white asparagus in lemon butter, then bake to perfection. Fresh, grassy parsley adds a pop of color and we suggest potatoes served alongside to soak in the citrusy sauce. Read more.

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Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry

Juicy chicken and crunchy cabbage are the stars of this flavorful stir fry that comes together quickly, right before your eyes. Scallions, garlic, and ginger perfume the base while crisp celery and water chestnuts add texture to every mouthful. Read on to add this recipe to your list of Asian favorites to make at home.

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Anise Biscotti

Craving a crunchy cookie you can dunk in your morning cup of coffee? Nothing says “buongiorno” better than our anise biscotti. They are delectably aromatic treats with crushed anise seed and extract. Lightly sweet with a subtle nuttiness from chopped almonds, you’ll want to keep these in stock. Read more now.

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