Senior Market Team

Angela Farkas, Market Manager Lead
After graduating from William and Mary in 2013, Angela worked in insurance fraud and for two years volunteered every Saturday at the Arlington farmers market as a way to relieve stress and connect with the Arlington community. She became the market manager at Arlington two years ago. Growing up, Angela had the great privilege of always having a home cooked meal. Her single mom, who was also a teacher of material engineering at Virginia Tech, greatly valued fresh, local, and healthy food no matter how busy she was, and taught Angela to cook starting at 12. Angela’s dream is to create systems that will connect good, local, and fresh food to families and communities. Favorite market product: Cowbell Kitchen olive oil cake

Mazat Guarcax, Farmer & Producer Engagement Coordinator
Before joining FRESHFARM, Mazat was a market vendor for a year at the Downtown Silver Spring and Dupont markets. He loves to be outside, especially during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. He enjoys working at market and offering great customer service. He’s so glad to be part of the FRESHFARM team! Favorite market product: greens and vegetables

 

Marcella Ortiz, Market Manager Lead
Marcella joined FRESHARM in 2017 as an intern for the Market Share program. From there, she became a substitute manager and eventually a full-time market manager. She has been in the food scene for over eight years and has a passion for local food and food access. Marcella is currently studying graphic design and aims to help small farms build their brands and websites. Favorite market product: Italian Veenies from Just AJ’s

Samantha Rabinek, Market Manager Lead

 

Corey Snedgen, Market Personnel Manager
Corey started at FRESHFARM in 2016, where he went from intern to coordinator of FRESHFARM’s Market Share program in 2018. Over the years, he has managed several winter and full season markets. Corey joined FRESHFARM to connect with farmers and better understand where our food comes from. He has an extensive background working with produce. Previously, he has worked as a produce buyer, farm manager, and vendor for farms in Virginia and Maryland. Favorite market product: hot sauce and hot peppers


Food Acess Team

Danyelle Antone, Food Access Community Coordinator
Danyelle is new to the DMV from Boston, Massachusetts. It has been a dream of hers since undergrad to live in DC and she is thrilled to be here! Danyelle is passionate about and inspired by the relationship between plants and people. She has a background in psychology and has worked for various nonprofits within the education sector. In 2020 she attended culinary school and loves plant-based cooking and baking! Some of Danyelle’s favorite things are tacos, kayaking, books about herbs, and naps. Favorite market product: local raw honey


Market Managers

Maria Ayala, Market Manager: Columbia Heights, Dupont

Junior Bonilla, Market Manager

Tommy Coleman, Market Manager: Dupont, Oakton
Tommy works to provide a safe place for customers and vendors to buy and sell fresh and sustainable local foods! He is inspired by helping to promote sustainable foods and local farms. Favorite market product: Just AJ’s vegan sausages

 

 

Aida Ebrahimi, Market Manager: Monroe Street
Aida was introduced to the concept of food justice during their first semester at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they received their undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. Food access and sustainable food production became Aida’s focus, and they quickly dove into gardening, activism, and environmental education. Aida’s hope for the future is that everyone, specifically BIPOC and members of LGBTQ+ community, gain the resources and confidence to grow their own food and connect to the journey of food from soil to table. In addition to their passion for farming and food systems, Aida is an artist and an aspiring community healer leading meditation and trauma informed yoga. Favorite market product: eggplant

Hala Elbarmil, Market Manager: Oakton, Reston
Hala is a Muslim-Palestinian-American. She has an Advanced Permaculture Design Certification and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. Alongside being a Market Manager at FRESHFARM, she also works as an Assistant Parkour Coach for PK Move. Supporting local farmers, food artisans, environmental justice, food justice, and sustainability are her passions. Helping farmers and food artisans be successful and increasing access to fresh and local food is a big factor in the work she does. Hala loves to hike, bike, rollerblade, garden, cook, bake, and do parkour. Favorite market product: I can’t choose just one!

Ian Garland, Farmers Market Financial Admin Contractor
Ian believes there is no greater use of time than shopping for, cooking, and eating thoughtfully grown food with people you care about. In his view, engaging with local agricultural is about appreciating and adding to the story of food. An academic curiosity cultivated by the George Washington University geography department, as well as field experiences in the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Himalayas, continue to fuel his work at the intersection of people, place, and produce. Favorite market product: sunchokes

Yuval Lev, Market Manager: Dupont, Mount Vernon Triangle
Yuval is originally from Haifa and lived in Rockville and Pennsylvania before moving to Foggy Bottom in 2015 (where he still lives) to study Political Communication at George Washington University. Yuval believes radical care and support for our communities is crucially important, especially regarding food equity. He’s proud to be a part of this team and work towards FRESHFARM’s mission, along with making the market enjoyable for all. You can find him playing with every customer’s dog on Saturdays at the Mount Vernon Triangle market! Favorite market product: tomatoes

Allie Mannheimer, Market Manager: Downtown Silver Spring

 

 

 

Lily Oberst, Market Manager: Mount Vernon Triangle
Lily is originally from Rochester, NY and grew up going to the public market there. When she moved to DC for undergrad at George Washington University, she was so glad to find the Foggy Bottom market right in her backyard. Lily is really excited to be working with FRESHFARM because she love farmers markets and is inspired by so many parts of the mission. Most importantly, Lily loves that we are able to work toward increasing food access while simultaneously supporting local producers. Favorite market product: Number 1 Sons kimchi

Evan Paramore, Market Manager: Mosaic (Sun)
Evan thinks food is the most powerful conduit for connection. The opportunity to support food-centric spaces that connect people to their community and fresh food drove Evan to FRESHFARM, where they joined the team in Spring 2021. Although Evan thinks every market is incomplete without an ice cream cone vendor, they love snagging local fruits to incorporate into their baked goods. Prior to FRESHFARM, Evan worked with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital where they helped tell stories about a wide range of environmental issues, including local food systems and regenerative agriculture techniques. Evan is looking forward to building connection with people and being a part of these stories now! Favorite market product: a leafy stalk of Brussels sprouts

Stacey Pirtle, Market Manager
Stacey is originally from Nebraska and works in international development. She joined FRESHFARM to connect with the DC community and support food access and equity in the DMV area. For fun, Stacey enjoys running, yoga, and exploring national parks. Favorite market product: anything cheese

David Robinson, Market Manager: Downtown Silver Spring
David has been a volunteer at FRESHFARM (first Dupont Circle, then Downtown Silver Spring for the past decade) for at least 15 years. He’s a longtime reasonably talented amateur cook, choral singer (formerly Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, now the Choral Arts Society), and a recent retiree (association management). He lives in Silver Spring with his husband Jay and their cats, Edward and Iris. Favorite market product: asparagus — completely fresh, it’s a totally different vegetable than what you get in a grocery store

Pam Simon, Market Manager: Downtown Silver Spring
Pam traces her love of markets to childhood visits to Baltimore’s famed Lexington Market with her grandmother. She was introduced to FRESHFARM on the opening day of the Penn Quarter market. After retiring from a career in Early Childhood Administration, she became a FRESHFARM volunteer in 2015, working with the Market Share program learning about issues relating to the growing of food and the food system. She enrolled in the University of Vermont’s Breakthrough Leaders for Sustainable Agriculture Program to both broaden and deepen her understanding of food systems. After nearly three years as a Downtown Silver Spring market volunteer, Pam became a market manager in 2020. She has worked with many dedicated individuals doing the hard work to support farmers and increase food access for low-income communities. Favorite market product: strawberries and peaches (for taste and fragrance!)

Teddy Van Dyke, Market Manager
Before coming to FRESHFARM, Teddy worked in the production side of agriculture, tending to people’s gardens around the DC metro area. Now as a FRESHFARM Market Manager, he gets to see the other side of agriculture, which is very enlightening. He still enjoys permaculture vegetable gardening on his own, along with producing art on the side.

 

Chi Wang, Market Manager: Downtown Silver Spring

 

 

 

Jeslyn Zakes, Market Manager: Arlington
Jeslyn started working with FRESHFARM’s FoodPrints program for her work study position during her junior year of college and has been with the organization ever since! She is continually inspired by the lengths that community members will go to support each other, especially surrounding food, health, and education. Favorite market product: heirloom tomatoes

 

Substitute Market Managers: Anna Baremore, Xavier Bure Quijano, Molly Cullen, Hannah Kline, Annie Hammel, Anne Haynes, JaNeya Lee, Daniela Mrabti, Camille Murphy, Andra Naing, Catherine Oberfield, Stephanie Ortiz, Laura Popielski, Caila Prendergast, Yael Reichler, Katie Wiseman