When I first connected with Katie over the summer I was immediately taken by this California girl with charisma, drive, and beauty. I've come to admire this ambitious young woman who I am fortunate to call my friend and colleague in the food world. Katie is the Brand and Business Development Manager at From the Farmer DC a company that delivers farm-fresh fruits and veggies to your home, and most recently Greenheart Granola! We sit down with Katie today to bring you more on this California Belle.
Katie, From the Farmer
Katie tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a 20-something newlywed living in Washington, DC with my husband and our cat Nash. While I was born and raised on the West Coast (San Diego to be exact), I've spent the last 3 years living in DC and, before that, I was in college in Nashville so I've lost a little bit of my "cali-girl" over the years and much to my surprise I really love life on the East Coast! I work on Brand and Business Development for From The Farmer, a local farm-to-front-door delivery service here in the DMV and I also teach yoga at Corepower in Georgetown.
What lead you to From the Farmer DC? And really what is From the Farmer?
Before finding my way to From The Farmer, I was working in sales and, before that, worked in corporate wellness and in the fitness world for a while. I've always had a passion for education and an interest in food politics, namely how the American food system affects our health and wellbeing both as individuals as well as a culture. My husband and I had been customers of From The Farmer for a while and, after a few emails to the founder of the company, I somehow convinced them that I would be a good fit to join the team to help them grow the brand ;)
From The Farmer is a home-delivery service that partners with local farmers and artisans to bring fresh, seasonal produce to doorsteps across the DMV/Baltimore area. We also provide our customers with items other than fruit and veggies (think locally-roasted coffee, grass-fed meats and farm fresh eggs). It's really the most convenient service (hello, fresh food delivered to your house) that also supports causes I feel strongly about: eating nourishing foods and supporting small farmers and artisans that work hard to bring good food to good people.
When you’re not working at From the Farmer where can you be found?
I can typically be found walking or biking around my neighborhood (Georgetown), taking a yoga class, or trying out the newest restaurants in the area. I'm also a regular at the Dupont farmers market on Sunday mornings.
What are your favorite shops in DC?
I love Salt & Sundry in Logan Circle and can never resist a stop into Dean and Deluca!
What is your favorite place to grab a good farm to table meal downtown?
Hands down: The Red Hen in Bloomingdale. I've never had a bad meal or experience and the atmosphere is perfect for a cozy meal with friends and family.
Where do you go to wind down?
My husband and I love to walk through Theodore Roosevelt Island whenever we want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
What is a perfect day for you?
Oh man, that's a really difficult one! I live really far from most of my family and friends, so anytime I get to spend time with my parents, siblings, husband, and best friends all in one place is perfect for me! Also, any day that includes a Baked and Wired strawberry cupcake and California Sunset is perfect for me :)
What is your beauty regiment and what are your favorite products?
I try to be very careful about what I put on my skin, so lately I've been using coconut oil for just about everything (lotion, eye-makeup remover, etc.), but I'm also a HUGE fan of Josie Maran Argan Oil, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, and Diorshow mascara.
What is your hope for From the Farmer?
I grew up with a milk man named Hank that delivered us fresh dairy every week and I still remember that as one of my favorite childhood memories--it made fresh food fun and exciting! My hope is that From The Farmer becomes a household name to more people in the DMV and that we are able to create that same feeling of excitement surrounding healthy, local, and seasonal food for our customers.
This Winter enjoy $5 off every bag of Greenheart Granola when you order through From the Farmer with the code: GREENHEART.