Meet Kate, our Grocery Asst. Manager!

kate-o-loresWhat do you do at the Co-op and how long have you been working here? I am the South Store Grocery Manager assistant and have been with the Co-op for almost two years!

What do you like best about the job? I love watching the seasons pass by through a produce lens. Citrus in the winter, local greens, fresh garlic, and raabs in the spring, local berries, tomatoes, peppers, melons and so much more in the summer, and in the fall, local apples, pears and squash.  We’re so fortunate having all these wonderful local growers providing us with beautiful, super-fresh fruit and veg.

How has working at the Co-op affected your life? I’ve always been kind of a geek about proper nutrition and my position here has really added to that knowledge. Between speaking with the local farmers who deliver their goods directly to us, my co-workers as well as our customers, I’ve gleaned a lot about growing and preparing produce, as well as the varied nutritional properties of countless items.  Also, I take great pride in being a part of the only locally owned grocery store in Corvallis.

What are some of your favorite products at the Co-op? My favorites vary by the season. Currently the Denison Farms fennel and all the raabs!

What do you like to do outside of work? I love to garden (all edibles) and then cook with all the things we’ve grown.  I have fun riding my bike everywhere and going running. I do volunteer work with the Sustainability Coalition’s Food Action Team, as well the Corvallis Independent Business Alliance.

Where did you grow up/where have you lived in your life? I’m a real city mouse! I spent most of my youth in the Boston area, then 12 years in New York City.  My husband and I moved here from Brooklyn two years ago this month.  It’s been a big adjustment, but a very welcome one at that.

What do you like about living here? In Corvallis we’re lucky to have such great independent businesses (like our breweries!), mild weather and a friendly, progressive community with a real focus on sustainability. Oregon is great for its varied territory, the Mighty Pacific, the Cascades, our gorgeous valley, and stark deserts.  It’s impressive and rare and I want to explore every bit of it.

What are some things folks might not know about you? Well,  for a few years I managed a popular art gallery in Brooklyn which gave me opportunities to travel far and  wide and meet interesting folk.  Also, when I have LOTS of free time I like to make stop-motion animation films, everything from building the sets, creating the characters, writing the script and filming it, too!

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