Wendy Akin, Texas Pick-Your-Own Organic Gardener and Soap Maker

Name: Wendy AkinWendy Akin

Place of Residence: Terrell, Texas

Background and Current Projects: Wendy is happy to share everything she’s done. At age 72, she feels that now it is time for her to share her years of traditional skills knowledge. Over the years, she’s earned many state fair ribbons for pickles, relishes, preserves and special condiments, and even a few for breads. Her first blue ribbon at a state fair was at the 1957 Danbury, Conn. Fair at age 15 for strawberry jam. She took ribbons that year watermelon pickles and peach marmalade. She still has these recipes and will be sharing them here in the Real Food Blog.

Wendy also has made and sold luxury aromatherapy soaps for 25 years and will be sharing those recipes with MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers.  

She and her late husband had a wonderful organic farm, much of it pick-your-own, and she learned to preserve all the crops she grew. She sent out a weekly newsletter to her customer base with recipes and tips for the crops harvested each week.

Fun Facts: Wendy has been interviewed in an Organic Gardening magazine article about growing green beans. In an article years ago in the Dallas Morning News, the food editor, after visiting the farm and picking asparagus, quoted her at length on preparing the vegetable before going on to quote Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, comparing the three techniques — exalted company, to say the least!

More Places to Find Wendy on the Web:

Cheesemaking.com Blog

D Magazine’s Pick Your Own List

D Magazine Side Dish Blog