This 2015 Spring + Summer issue is filled with must-try recipes, an inspiring midwest road trip adventure, and gorgeous photographs from an Indiana flower farm.



Chris Apap is an illustrator and graphic designer now living in Chicago.  He’s originally from Southeastern Michigan, and enjoys being out in nature in any capacity possible, riding bikes and spending time with his wife and their friends.

EE Berger was born north of Detroit and studied photography at the College for Creative Studies. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Brooklyn for five years. Although she enjoyed every minute of it, she always wanted to return to the city of Detroit that she loved so much. She finally got that wish in September of 2014, and she is grateful daily to be back in the Midwest.

Sherrie Castellano is a certified Health Coach, plant-based chef and freelance photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. She writes the vegetarian and naturally gluten-free food blog, With Food + Love.

Jill DeVries is a wedding and commercial photographer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She can usually be found starting a dance party or eating tacos. Her true passion is travel, but she loves calling the Great Lakes State home.

Paul Fithian has had a love for all things on and under the water since infancy. Baptized in the Episcopal Church and the Jersey Shore, he was blessed to grow up on the beaches of Southern Lake Michigan and made sure his children did the same. As a fisherman, he enjoys the history and diversity of the paraphernalia as well as the taste of a freshly caught fish.

Erin Gavle has a creative mind with a gypsy soul. She’s the owner of and Chief Trinketeer at Eldorado General Store, a well-curated vintage shop in the heart of Corktown, Detroit. Her constant wanderlust leaves her scouring the countrysides in search of the perfect treasures to fill her shop. She enjoys talking adventures over a good glass of red wine surrounded by even better friends.



Alyson Hanus is a lifelong Midwesterner, reigning from the beautiful state of Indiana. She lives in Chicago, where she is the Dean of School Support at Gary Comer College Prep Middle School. Her free time is spent going on adventures and exploring the world, making boat loads of jam, creating music with her husband, David, and preparing for Baby Hanus.

Kelley Howley is a shopkeeper and interior designer at Hunt & Gather in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also does marketing for a local university and spends most of her time with her husband, Troy, and dog, Harper.

Christina + Dennis Jacobs are the husband-and-wife team behind Arsenal Handicraft. They work out of their small home studio making art and paper goods, agonizing over every tiny detail, illustrating and printing each piece from beginning to end.

Jackie Kenyon is a dilettante sommelier and barista who works at the Krasl Art Center and resides in Southwestern Michigan. She is a lover of clean graphic design, classic literature and eclectic souls. She dreams of becoming a mermaid.

Dani Kowalczyk is a writer, traveler and global aesthete, continually looking for the new with an appreciation and fascination for the old.

Jessica Levin is a visual artist and portrait photographer based in Chicago. Her work is focused on femininity in all its forms, suffused with dreamy light and nature.

Aileen + Keara McGraw are 22-year-old Chicago-based twin sisters.  Aileen writes, Keara illustrates and both love the work that compassionate ideas unlock. They share a passion for nut butter, proven by matching peanut plant tattoos.

Griffen Oellerich is a city explorer, red meat eater and late night dancer. She considers Northern Michigan home and misses waking up to the lake every day. She keeps busy working for HBO® in New York City, filling up the rest of her time getting distracted by the everyday designs in the world. 

Evan Perigo is a photographer currently living in Chicago. He enjoys traveling, long distance running, college football, authentic tacos and going home to the great state of Indiana.

Eli Potter is a Midwest-based photographer. Film is his medium of choice while his friends and travels are his primary subjects.

Sonja + Alex Overhiser are the husband-and-wife team who develop and photograph healthy, whole foods recipes published on their blog, A Couple Cooks. Advocates of fresh, seasonal eating and home cooking, they live and work in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Joanna Tilton is a proud Midwesterner with an an affinity for travel and an interest in place identity. She dreams of finding purpose on the shores of Lake Michigan. Until then, she is busy celebrating all things large and small with cake, confetti and champagne toasts in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Emily Watz is a thoughtful designer with an affinity for plants. When she isn’t designing websites and brand identities for her clients, she’s getting lost in the clouds somewhere between the beach on Lake Michigan and the coffee shops of Grand Rapids, Michigan.