Jen and her family are charter members of the Marblehead CSA which became the Farm Direct Coop. She grew up in Marblehead, then went away to live and plan menus in coops at universities in Ann Arbor and Austin. There she tried vegetarianism and living without coffee. That ceased when she went to study archaeology in Italy at a dig based on a state run experimental farm that grew the best apricots in the world. Now she loves omni cooking, swimming at the Lynn Y where she directs aquatics and her three sweet kids who used to climb the big old tree at the M’head depot while devouring their fruit share!
Dan drives the truck each Thursday to pick up fresh produce from eastern farms and deliver it to the depots. He also helps set up the depot in Salem. Dan is interested in ecology, people, and good food. During the rest of the week, Dan is a designer and craftsperson who works in the furniture industry and when inspired, also makes paintings, sculpture and photography. Dan and his wife Pam are long time residents of Peabody.
Tamara has been on staff at the Farm Direct Coop for the last decade. Past positions include Newsletter Editor, Depot Coordinator, and Bookkeeper. Currently Tamara co-manages the FDC with her indispensible partner, Julie Pottier-Brown. Her main responsibilities include managing the flow of data for our 760 member organization, communication with the membership, accounts payable / receivable, budget planning and tracking, and working with Julie to make sure the members have the best possible experience. She also works as a server at 5 Corners Kitchen in Marblehead. In addition to a passion for farm fresh produce, Tamara enjoys modern dance, yoga, and her two beautiful daughters
Mira's interest in local and sustainable food started with her first job out of high school, as the 'Juice Bar Queen' at a natural food store in her hometown of Lexington, Mass. Currently Mira works full time as an EMT, while completing the clinical internship portion of Paramedic certification, and is a call firefighter. Mira lives in Boxford with her two spunky kids, two horses, a dog and a cat. Any spare time is devoted to skiing and hiking, depending on the season, yoga, knitting, reading and adventures in the kitchen, which are usually tasty.
Anita is an accomplished writer with 16 years of cross industry writing experience in business, science, television and the internet. She is also a beekeeper, organic gardener, avid cook, obsessive canner, fermented food lover, dehydrator, locavore and all around food preserver. Staunch supporter of local organic farms and their products, Anita is a firm believer everyone should know where their food comes from, what's in it and support the local farmers who grow it. Anita is a honeybee fanatic and shares her passion for bees by writing a beekeeping blog. She lives in Beverly with her husband Brian and two sons, Finnigan and Riley.
Michele Fjelde Burke is excited to be working for Farm Direct again this year, and is looking forward to the coming season and seeing members new and old. She feels lucky to have a family that enjoys cooking their favorites as well trying out new recipes. She loves to travel, and is currently pursuing a degree in education.
Steve drives a truck to western MA each week to gather fresh produce from multiple farms. He grew up in Western NY where road side farm stands were common (and he misses them). Steve enjoys local and farm fresh foods whenever possible. He is a photographer who spends his free time working in his garden or out in his small hand made boat. Steve and his wife Molly just recently purchased their first home in Marblehead.
After three years of FDC membership, Melissa is thrilled to be coordinating pickup at the Melrose Depot on Thursdays. She enjoys beach days, reading, knitting, and experimenting in the kitchen to create meals that are simple, healthy, and appealing to the picky eaters in her house. When not working at the depot, Melissa can often be found chasing her three young kids around Melrose.
As Operations Manager, Julie's primary responsibility is planning what edibles show up at the depot each week. Being farmer liaison, she is also charged with creating and maintaining relationships with Massachusetts farmers, New England dairies, and local producers of other goods. Other responsibilities include helping to manage the infrastructure, staffing, marketing and overall direction of the FDC. None of this would be possible without the support of her indispensable business partner Tamara Sullivan, and an excellent, committed staff. Julie came to the coop 12 years ago as a member, quickly fell in love with all the workings of the coop, and found a passion for the mission. Julie has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, teaching for 12. She would love to see you on the yoga mat as well as at the depot. While happy eating fresh, local veggies, and standing on her head, Julie is happiest mothering her two active boys.