Moonrise Gardens

Sarah Monte, Chris Cookingham and their four year old Luna answer a few questions about growing their own food, cooking with fresh ingredients and sharing their passion with the Marquette community.

Sarah is the Education Coordinator at the Marquette Food Co-op. Here you can find classes and events. Sarah, Chris and Luna can be found at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market every Saturday.


Why participate in the Marquette Culinary Ride?

The pairing of exercise, beautiful scenery, great food.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching cooking classes and doing food demos? Where would you like to see it go in the future?

The best thing about it is running into people later and finding out that they have cooked the food at home, or a recipe from the class has become a major part of their cooking repertoire. It’s the best feedback you can get. I also love meeting the people in the first place, and the challenge of creating high quality food education for the community.

Favorite seasonal veggie?

Chris: carrot, Sarah: peas, Luna: celery

Top three ingredients?

Combined family list! Carrots,tomatoes, onions, garlic, and salad mix.

Favorite cuisine to cook?

Chris: Mexican

Sarah: Indian

Favorite kitchen and garden tools?

Earthways seeder and a good knife.

I never get tired of…

Chris: Seeing this woman in the garden with me.

Sarah: The skyline of the farm.

Favorite music to listen to in the garden?

Nature is good enough.

Your favorite food memory?

A picnic together at Presque Isle with pressed summer vegetable sandwiches.

Who in the food world do you most admire?

Lynn Rosetto Casper and Mike Everts

Favorite cookbook?

660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer

What is your Death Row meal?

Chris: Fried Vietnamese egg rolls

Sarah: Indian buffet

Why do you think bicycling and local food go hand-in-hand?

They contribute your health and the health of the environment. Oh yeah, and they are both fun!

What advice can you give someone interested in growing their own food?

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Research, research and then jump in.

Is there anything you are working on or are involved in that you want other people to know more about?

We are at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market every Saturday. Information on Sarah’s classes and events at the Marquette Food Co-op!

If you could invent anything to make your work easier what would it be?

A time machine to get everything we need to do done!