Senior Market Team

Derel Farmer, Community Outreach Manager
As Community Outreach Manager, Derel works to foster strong relationships with our market community to educate people about FRESHFARM’s mission and about the work of our farmers and producers. Using storytelling to educate people about healthy living and the benefits of locally, sustainably grown produce is Derel’s passion. Prior to joining FRESHFARM, he worked in public relations advocating for clients like FamiliesUSA, a national nonprofit, which seeks to increase Americans’ access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. In 2016 he left the PR world to pursue a career in the food industry. He had the privilege of working for Cowbell Kitchen as their market manager. It was through this role that he gained a great appreciation for the farmers markets and their role in building community. Favorite market product: Quaker Valley blackberry jam

Pierre Grahn, DC + Maryland Market Operations Manager
Pierre oversees operations management at all FRESHFARM farmers markets in DC and Maryland. When he’s not thinking about his next meal, which is always, he is thinking about what other people are eating, the food system, and how we can make it more sustainable and equitable. What keeps him around food and at FRESHFARM? It’s definitely the people; he loves getting to share a meal and to work with the people that he does, whether it’s in the office or outside. The pull of other food system workers, all of whom he considers to be his personal heroes, is Hulk strong. He expresses his unrelenting appreciation to all the growers, producers, and emergency food service workers and everything they do to keep him moving and grooving. Favorite market product: everything spicy (but really, everything is on his favorite list)

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

 

Chelsea Roseberry, Virginia Market Operations Manager
Chelsea oversees operations management at all FRESHFARM farmers markets in Virginia. She is passionate about creating a healthy, sustainable future. Favorite market product: yellow watermelon — she loves trying fun-colored produce!

 

 

Corey Snedgen, Market Operations Coordinator
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

Nick Stavely, Farmers Market Program Manager
Nick oversees food access programming across the FRESHFARM network of farmers markets and leads our regional partnership and data collection efforts. Favorite market product: sourdough

 


Market Managers

Angela Farkas, Market Manager Lead: Arlington, Ballston, Mosaic (Sun)
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

Ian Garland, Market Manager Lead
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

Marcella Ortiz, Market Manager Lead: Ballston, Crystal City, Mosaic (Sun)
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: Dupont, Reston, Springfield

Danyelle Antone, Market Manager: H Street NE, Dupont
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

Maria Ayala, Market Manager: Columbia Heights (Wed, Sat), Dupont, Penn Quarter

Junior Bonilla, Market Manager: Uptown

Tommy Coleman, Market Manager: Dupont, Oakton, The Boro
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

 

 

Molly Cullen, Market Manager: Mosaic (Thurs)
While studying at the University of Virginia, Molly developed a passion for local food systems and sustainable agriculture. She is so excited to continue working alongside these topics with FRESHFARM, and looks forward to helping create a more sustainable and equitable food system. Favorite market product: tomatoes

 

Aida Ebrahimi, Market Manager: Rosslyn, The Boro, National Landing
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, Mosaic (Thurs)
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 a Greenhouse and Gardens Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability at George Mason University, and 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!

Forest Gluys, Market Manager: National Landing, Penn Quarter, The Parks at Walter Reed (Sun)
Forest is a locavore, food systems nerd, and beginning food farmer with a background in nonprofit fundraising. They love community-supported agriculture and eating food grown, raised, and made by their pals! Favorite market product: fresh bread, golden beets, and arugula

 

Zayan Haq, Market Manager: Mosaic (Sun)
Zayan began working for FRESHFARM as part of the Pop Up Food Hub team. He is interested in working to help address food insecurity, and through working at FRESHFARM has learned about how organizations can act to help address this issue. He’s met a lot of friendly, hard working people at FRESHFARM who inspire him to think creatively. Favorite market product: bread from any of the bakeries

Yuval Lev, Market Manager: Dupont, Mount Vernon Triangle, Columbia Heights (Wed)
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

Nicole Lockette, Market Manager: Monroe Street, Rosslyn
Nicole is inspired by teaching human beings, especially the young, how to grow and prepare organic produce, and believes it is essential for the health of future society. Favorite market product: organic fruits and vegetables

 

 

Allie Mannheimer, Market Manager: Downtown Silver Spring

 

 

 

Charlie Oberst, Market Manager: Mount Vernon Triangle
Charlie 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 back yard. Charlie 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, Charlie 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: Uptown, CityCenterDC, Columbia Heights (Wed)
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

Laura Popielski, Market Manager: Monroe Street
Laura started her local food love affair in 2013 working for GardenShare in St. Lawrence County, NY, a nonprofit organization that, among many things, supports 10 area farmers markets. She oversaw the SNAP/EBT incentive program. Following that, she managed the Potsdam Farmers Market (also in NY State) for two seasons before moving to DC to obtain an MPH Nutrition Masters degree from George Washington University. She couldn’t stay away from farmers markets so after a one year hiatus, she found myself back in the game, at the Monroe Street farmers market in 2017. She’s been dancing around with vegetables and petting market dogs ever since. Laura is passionate about improving local food access, encouraging health-promoting behaviors, and fostering community; all of this happens weekly at Monroe Street. It’s a pleasure to a part of it. Favorite market product: oddly shaped sweet potatoes

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, CityCenterDC
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!)

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, Hannah Kline, JaNeya Lee, Christy McCaw, Daniela Mrabti, Camille Murphy, Andra Naing, Catherine Oberfield, Stephanie Ortiz, Caila Prendergast, Yael Reichler