Yogurt Pedaler

[project active 2009-2012]

The Yogurt Pedaler is a bike-powered yogurt cart activating public spaces in Midwestern communities, inspiring connections between local farms and their neighbors, and teaching the magic of yogurt-making along the way.

photo by Cristina Bejarano

I’m Annie, a young urban anthropologist and artist with a background in cultural anthropology and public space.  After graduating from college I moved to Turkey, where I fell in love with yogurt, then I learned to make it working on a dairy farm in southwestern France.  No work or lifestyle since has made me feel closer to my friends and neighbors, my food, and my environment than my time on the farm, and with the Yogurt Pedaler I hope to inspire others to make those connections in their own communities.

I currently live in Chicago, Illinois, where I help run a small grocery store called Open Produce, and I am a mechanic and mentor at Blackstone Bicycle Works, a non-profit bike shop and after-school youth program in Chicago’s South Side Woodlawn community.

The Yogurt Pedaler project is a combination of my passions for bikes, hand-made food, and street life.  Many of the world’s oldest and most beloved cultural traditions revolve around friends and family making and breaking bread together, and these traditions are excellent harbingers of community for neighbors in the largest cities to the smallest towns.

This is still the short version; feel free to email me with questions at yogurtpedaler@gmail.com.

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