Vegetarians think deeply about food, and many here in Maine are willing to share their thoughts.
I discovered this after posting a message online seeking Maine vegetarians willing to be interviewed. I crossed my fingers and hoped I’d hear from five, maybe six people. I feared I’d hear from no one. Then I hit enter.
To my surprise, my inbox and voicemail were soon flooded with more than 70 messages.
Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many of these people. Some are brand-new to the vegetarian lifestyle while others have eaten meat-free fare for decades.
These long-term vegetarians all tell me how much easier it is to find delicious food today, compared to 10, 20 or even 50 years ago.
From the tip-top of Maine in St. Agatha, Jean Cobb wrote to me about how she wanted to eat vegetarian while growing up on a farm in Standish in the 1940s and ’50s. But she says the lifestyle was considered so radical and strange during her childhood that she had to wait until she was an adult to go vegetarian.
“My daughter and grandchildren are lucky because they are able to be vegetarians today because it is widely accepted and understood,” Cobb, 73, told me.