Maria Hess: Farmers and … Housewives

I don’t know about you, but I get bored with the same old stuff.  So when we approached Pam George to write a feature on farmers markets, we were looking for out-of-the-way places in all three counties. Pam delivered, so start putting aside those cardboard boxes. You’ll be hauling some goodies.

Now, about those fabulous housewives we featured last month. Allow me to explain how we produced the story.

We created a post on our Facebook page, and invited every housewife in the state to respond. We asked them to send a photo and a blurb about themselves. The women who responded were the women we featured.

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Our 6,228 Facebook fans come from all over the state, which is why we assumed we’d reach more housewives through Facebook than any other method. Oddly, we received no responses from downstate housewives.

Pam GeorgeYet when the feature hit, we received emails, calls and numerous Facebook posts from downstaters. Many were upset that housewives from Kent and Sussex counties were seemingly omitted.

This was never our intention. We are committed to covering all three counties in Delaware. But we accept the blame and want to make it up to you.

We’ve decided to create a second feature devoted exclusively to Kent and Sussex housewives. You’ll enjoy meeting another group of spectacular women soon.

To those who loathed the whole idea of fabulous housewives, I offer this: Feminism, to me, means that women (and men) have the right to make their own choices. A true feminist would not judge women who choose to stay at home or work outside the home—and she certainly wouldn’t condemn a woman simply because she’s beautiful. A feminist would respect the individual’s right to live life as she sees fit.

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I stand by the feature. We’re proud of the women who graced our pages—and we look forward to showing off our downstate housewives soon.

It took us a long time to earn our freedoms, ladies. Let’s not turn on each other now.

Enjoy the issue.

From left: Louise Bolin, Drew Ostroski, Kelly Carter, Jared Castaldi,  Katie McCabe and Mark NardoneTeam Notes

Katie  Having worked in the magazine biz for the past 17 years, I obviously have a soft spot for print media. And those who know me well, know that I am quite attached to my daily newspapers, also. I recently spent an entire day at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The Newseum offers plenty for everyone, but for any journalist or photographer, it’s a must-visit.

Kelly  This month, I attended the open house of photographers Luigi Ciuffetelli and Scott Hewitt. They moved their studio to the fourth floor of one of the amazing old buildings on Market Street in Wilmington. Having renovated the studio themselves with reclaimed materials, the end result is beautiful. Large windows offer a great view of the World Cafe Live at the Queen. I’ve lived downtown for more than 10 years, and I’m excited to see who will put their sign out on Market Street next. Go Wilmington!

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Mark  My family has had several occasions to visit Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children recently, and I must say, there’s no better way to see why it’s a world-class facility. I’ve visited the hospital many times in a professional capacity, and I’ve always been impressed, but you don’t get a real sense of the place until you go there for care. Thanks to the staff for taking care of our Sonny.

Drew  During a recent vacation in Colonial Williamsburg, it struck me: Williamsburg is a great place, but we have some awesome historical sites right here in Delaware. Nothing against Williamsburg, but to me, Old New Castle, Fort Delaware, The Green in Dover and Fort Miles are just as cool.

Louise  We’re ecstatic to present our new and improved health venture called 302Health, a fun, fresh and hip magazine. Whether it’s Zumba, great sex at any age, or getting skinny right before bikini season—we’ve got you covered. If you don’t already have a copy, pick up one, or check us out online at

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