January 11 2018
A runner shares a personal essay documenting her years as "the runner" in rural South Dakota.
Hiking, running, adventure rafting, kayaking—these activities build a strong appetite. Much of my Door County trip was spent in food heaven—and I really don’t know how else to describe it. Authentic fish boils take place up and down the coastline as restauranteurs embrace foods grown and caught locally. Food is very much a community-supported business in Door County: from the whitefish cooked at places like Rowley’s Bay Restaurant & Fish Boil to the cherries used in Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill’s house margaritas, restaurant and hotel owners work together to support and encourage local specialties.
This is similarly evident in the symbiotic relationship within the Door County Coffee & Tea Company (which, by the way, if you ever have a chance to attend their “coffee college” class, take it), where more than 100 coffee blends are distributed throughout the county and the storefront itself transforms local foods into breakfasts bound for Instagram fame. The community feeling this collaboration inspires is warm and authentic: when inn owners mention that the cherry oatmeal cookies offered during breakfast use cherries from local orchards, or when restauranteurs proudly explains that most of their food is locally sourced, the sincerity of such declarations makes visitors feel good about the food they’re consuming.