About the Yogurt Pedaler

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.

photo by Cristina Bejarano

The Yogurt Pedaler depends on contributions from friends and fellow yogurt enthusiasts. Donations of any amount are welcome.

Last but certainly not least, this project would never have come to fruition without the support of so many of my friends and family, as well as a number of faithful souls I have yet to even meet! I cannot thank you enough:

For your unwavering support and inspiration:
June and Ken Lambla
Cooper Lambla
Jeffrey Gardner
Cristina Bejarano
Deanna Lesht
Steven Lucy
Fred Pfeiffer
Sophie Northway
David Thaisrivongs
Kathryn VanArendonk

For your particular, valuable, technical contributions:
Elise Becchetti
Stefan Gunn
Jim Lambla
Lina Moe
Michael Slattery

For your generous support of the Yogurt Pedaler:
Betsy Bilger
Bob and Pat
Thomas and Mary Franklin
Terrell Fuller
Lisa W. Hilarides
Harry Johnson
Patrick Morley and Kate Dubinski
Paul North
Megan O’Neil
Laurie Reed and Tim Lemmond
Mariane Sanchez
Helen Smith
Mark & Susan VanArendonk
Tom Warshauer
Margaret H. Willison
Ingrid Wood

3 Responses to “About the Yogurt Pedaler”

  1. Teddy July 3, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Hi Annie,

    I saw your project and it’s quite impressive.

    Did you know that the bacteria that makes the yogurt actually comes from Bulgaria. That is why it’s called Lactobacillus bulgaricus. I grew up witnessing the process of yogurt making as my grandparents and my parents keep doing that even today. I am originally from Sofia, Bulgaria and I am proud that my country has contributed to the world with this delicious treat.

    Good luck with your project. It’s really great!

    Cheers,
    Teddy.

  2. Liz August 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Annie! So I saw the link to your web page on Anny’s blog. This is the COOLEST thing EVER! Supreme kudos. I will be burning milk in my apartment several times I’m sure. :)

  3. Gillian Tart September 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Annie – my dad sent me the link – this is so impressive!! Ride on out to Seattle, we would eat this up ;)

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