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Wednesday, February 18 2015

Student of Agriculture and Nutrition at Evergreen State College, nanny for the drummer of Phish (yep, that Phish), and 1st chair clarinet for three years in high school. Allison joined the Farm Fresh team in April of 2014 and when she can take a break from cooking, ambling outdoors and school you can find her smiling face behind the register! 

What do you do at Farm Fresh? I do a lot of different things, but mainly customer service. I work at the cash register a lot, but stocking is a big thing too. 

How did you find out about the job? I went into Farm Fresh because my aunt and uncle told me about the rotisserie chickens. While I was there I asked if they were hiring!

What do you do in your spare time? I like to be outside. I do a lot of yoga and kayak. When the season is good I am in my garden. I also like to play cards with my friends. And of course, cooking. I cook a lot of soups and stir-fry right now and I do all sort of different egg dishes. I cook a lot of salmon. I like this one marinade that is lemon, garlic, and ginger in tahini. The tahini makes it very creamy! Then I bake it with the paste on top and it gets this crusty layer. Yummm. 

What drew you to natural foods? I was Vegan about four years ago because I wanted to eat lower on the food chain. I thought, logically, if that's my purpose for eating a plant-based diet, then I should also avoid processed foods because it has 100 ingredients in it and they are shipped all over the place. Eating local was a lot more environmentally conscious. Then I just became more and more passionate about eating organic food that had the least amount of chemicals. It made me more aware of the source of my food. 

Are you a native Washingtonian? I grew up in Vermont and lived there until I was 20. Then I moved out here when I transferred to Evergreen. 

What’s your favorite thing about working at Farm Fresh Market? I love the customers. It’s fun to work in a small store where you get to see a lot of the same customers and having ongoing conversations with them from week to week. I like having a closer connection with the customers. Nothing feels impersonal or forced. I really like sharing what I know about food with people and getting people excited about eating healthy things. 

Do you have any products that you absolutely love? Oh man… I buy a lot of Egg Lady Pastured Eggs. I probably go through a dozen eggs a week by myself. I eat eggs everyday. I really like the Vanilla Tera’s Whey and the Theo Peanut Butter Cups. Oh yeah, and the Millet & Brown Rice Ramen with Miso from Lotus Foods. I add two hardboiled eggs, cut in half and sometimes I add kale or spinach. It’s a good, hardy soup. That’s one of my go-to meals right now because I am so busy with school and I can make it in 10 minutes. I buy a lot of the Teas too!

What is your favorite winter produce? Kabocha squash, by and large. I roast it or make it into curry or soup. It’s a great squash for soups in particular because it blends to a creamy texture and it’s really sweet. 


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