Alex Jones, Farmstand Product Manager
Alex joined the Fair Food team as Product Manager in October 2012. With Bachelor’s degrees in Tuba Performance (no, really) and writing from the University of Michigan and a background in arts journalism, Alex has since found her calling as a buyer of all things fresh and local. She developed her knack for customer service and skill navigating crowds while a crew member at Trader Joe’s. Most recently, she spent two years as Fresh Food Manager at Greensgrow Farms, Philadelphia’s premiere urban farm, where she sourced local produce, dairy, meats, and cheeses for a 700-member CSA. Now, she can be found running amongst farms, the Farmstand, and the Fair Food offices to ensure that the region’s best and tastiest goodies shine at Philadelphia’s local and sustainable grocery store.
Ann Karlen, Executive Director
Ann is the founding Director of Fair Food, launched in 2001 to promote humane sustainable agriculture in Philadelphia region using a market-based approach. In 2003, she launched the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market, a social enterprise business selling all-local products from over 90 family farmers and producers. She was a member of the Management Team that launched Common Market Philadelphia in 2008, a values-driven business that aggregates and distributes local food to area institutions. Ms. Karlen consults with farmers and wholesale buyers such as chefs and grocers to help build lasting business relationships, and serves on several advisory boards including the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council appointed by Mayor Nutter.
Vikram Krishnamurthy, Deputy Director
Vikram joined Fair Food in November 2012 as our first Deputy Director, responsible for daily operations and management of programs, finances and personnel. Prior to this new position, Vikram served as Managing Director for the Center for Public Horticulture, a partnership between the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens to support research, education and professional training for botanical gardens and arboreta. His prior experiences as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship Manager for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (MD) bring a new perspective to Fair Food’s mission and support of local farms. When he’s not gardening, birding or cooking, you can find Vikram strumming some sort of stringed instrument. He lives with his wife Kate and their two children in Wilmington, and loves his commute on regional rail.
Anne Steelman, Farmstand Operations Manager
Anne came to Fair Food in February 2013 as the Farmstand Operations Manager. Originally from South Jersey, Anne has a passion for fresh, local food. She has a degree in Graphic Design and more then 5 years experience in retail management. You can often find her paper crafting or sewing in her spare time. She also enjoys gardening and growing her own food during the spring and summer months, and she’s got a serious soft spot for all animals, especially her two cats and bunny.
Annemarie Vaeni, Programs Coordinator
Annemarie came to Fair Food in January of 2011 after moving to South Philly a few months earlier from Washington, DC. She graduated in 2010 from a dual Masters program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University in Washington, DC and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. During her studies she focused on the connections between communities and sustainable food systems but with Yankee farmers and restaurateurs for grandparents, food was always an inevitable love. She has had a blast getting to know her new city and connecting with Philly’s local foodie community and in her spare time, Annemarie loves exploring the city and finding new treats at the Farmstand and nearby farmers’ markets.
Emily Kinsel, Farmstand Staff
Emily joined the Fair Food Farmstand in Summer 2013 after spending a year in France, where she taught English to high schoolers. She cultivated a passion for organic agriculture and local food during her summers working on her uncle’s organic farm in New Jersey. When not at the Farmstand, Emily can be found working on her urban farm, Life Do Grow in North Philly, exploring her newest hobby, beekeeping, or playing music with friends.
Caleb Paul, Farmstand Staff
A native of the region, Caleb is excited to bring his produce expertise to an organization focused on local food networks.HTM
Peggy Paul, Farmstand Staff
Peggy joined the Fair Food Farmstand staff in the summer of 2011. She is a writer, editor, recipe developer, gardener, and produce peddler (among other things). After an 8-year stint in the publishing industry of New York City (where she specialized mainly in editing cookbooks and other illustrated lifestyle titles), Peggy quit the corporate life in spring 2011 to return to her Pennsylvanian roots, be closer to family, and pursue a freelance career. When she’s not at the Farmstand, you’ll often find her tucked away in the back corners of local cafés, armed with post-it notes, multicolored pens, and whiteout—making the world a little more grammatical. On her blog, www.anunstilllife.com, she shares seasonal recipes, inspirations, and thoughts about life.
Sherie Ruppersberger, Farmstand Staff
Sherie, a native Philadelphian, came to the Farmstand in the Spring of 2013 after working with The Food Trust Farmers Market Program. She is passionate about Fair Food’s mission of supporting local farmers and increasing Philadelphians’ access to fresh, healthy food. When Sherie is not at the Farmstand, she can be found reading about holistic health and cooking, playing music, and taking plant identification walks with friends.