• Lauren Nixon's Pantry • 

All photos by  Birch Thomas

All photos by Birch Thomas

Lauren Nixon is a food educator and sustainability strategist who knows her farming, gardening, and wild foraging. She describes her food style as ex-farmer meets urban homesteader, and her most trusted kitchen tools are her hands. She's a minimalist at heart, who believes in a slow, hands-on, no-frills approach to food. The cherry on top? She's also a maxxinista ;)

Let’s peek into this locally foraged pantry:



Lauren's pantry


her style

  • "My cooking style is ex-farmer meets urban homesteader.  Lots of big, hot bowls of local vegetables, local protein, and high quality fat with an emphasis on what’s in season and what will keep me from passing out on my bike three hours later.  My kitchen style is pretty minimal as I just moved into a new space and don’t care for clutter.
  • I find inspiration by eating what’s in season.  Period! There are little out of season, non-local luxuries that I enjoy from time to time, but I eat according to what’s growing and think about how I can be a thoughtful, earth driven cook.


markets & shopping


fridge must-haves

  • Local pastured eggs from Jehovah Jireh Farm--I return the cartons to the farmers market

  • Local grass fed beef from Grayson Naturals Farm

  • Cabbage--cheap, bulky, fill-me-up food

  • Greens

  • Homemade ferments

  • Onions and garlic--the base for any proper meal

  • Nettle tea infusions--steeped for 8 hours overnight and enjoyed chilled the next morning

  • Pastured lard from Cedarbrook farm or Garden Path Farm

  • Beef Tallow from Ayrshire Farm


pantry staples

  • Wild sardines--the best source of quick protein

  • Bulk spices and herbs--I fill up on them at different stores and use reusable containers as much as possible

  • Avocado oil potato chips--a relationship that I refuse to end

  • Full fat coconut milk

  • Honey

  • Bulk pink salt





  • I don’t use cookbooks!  I think they’re lovely, but I try to keep my possessions fairly minimal to prepare for my future tiny house that I’m manifesting!  My cooking style emerged from a whole lot of farming, gardening, trial, and error.



To Sum it Up:

  • pantry item she can't live without: Sardines!

  • one or two items that are always in her fridge: Local saturated fat and local, seasonal vegetables

  • her go to inspiration cookbook: Nada! Intuitive cooking!

  • her most trusted kitchen tool: My hands and my salt dish

  • her all time favorite market: MOMS Organic Market

  • women she pines for: My food friends: Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels, Miki Palchick of Clay Kitchen Studio, Daniele Della Valle of the Happy Body Podcast, and Tish Wonders.  The food writing of Tamar Adler and many of the countless women featured on Civil Eats.

  • women-made food products she pines for: When I’m in Philly, I pick up Soom Foods tahini

  • her favorite music to jam out to in the kitchen: Folk, soul, and banjo.  And kundalini mantra music. Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Kaia Kater, I’m With Her, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tracy Chapman, Krishna Kaur, Nirinjan Kaur.  And every Fiona Apple album ever made.