My name is Rachel Stayton. I grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont. I spent my most of my childhood roaming the fields tracing the river as it flowed through our property. We always had fresh milk and meat as well as the seasonal bounties of wild berries during the summer. Due to the nature of growing up on a working farm, I gained a healthy respect for where my food came from. I also had a penchant for reading, starting with the Little House series when I was about 6 or 7. One of my favorite parts of the series other than Laura’s adventures were the descriptions of how they obtained and prepared their food. I can still vividly recall Laura’s description of cracklings, sugaring, and cheese making. My battered boxed set has been a fixture in each space I’ve occupied.
My husband and I moved to Washington, DC in the summer of 2015. This is the first time I’ve lived outside of Vermont besides study abroad in college. The past few years have been a time of maturation and change for me and I think moving to a major metropolitan area has been a major factor. Being in a new place forces you to reevaluate your worldview. Sometimes this solidifies you, and sometimes you undergo a transformation so vast that you barely recognize the person you used to be. For me it was the latter and I’m still coming to terms with what that means. This change was part of the inspiration for the name Copper & Verdigris. Copper is a childhood nickname that has somehow followed me into adulthood, not that I mind! Verdigris is the beautiful blue green patina that develops on copper as it matures. Get it?
Along with the personal changes, living in a city allowed us to expand our culinary savvy. We have had the opportunity to become acquainted with a much larger variety of cultures and cuisines. Its an exciting time to be a resident of the district. The DC food world is exploding and shows no signs of stopping. There is truly something for everyone and it is my mission to experience as much as the district has to offer.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.