“I am happy, healthy and thankful to see and talk with people and help them find what they need.”
One of the original employees of the Doylestown Food Market, Gloria loves how it feels to be part of the local healthy food scene. She enjoys nothing more than directing shoppers to the products that meet their wellness needs. Gloria likes to remind customers that if they don’t see what they need, to always ask. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will find it. The Doylestown Borough resident, mother, and grandmother of three took a hiatus from the market, having suffered the loss of a son and a grandchild. She felt that coming back, even for just two days a week was a healing and natural thing to do.
“ I know that anything I pick up [at the market] is not going to have chemicals or pesticides.”
Troy loves eating clean, spending time with his son and playing jazz piano and drums. He started working at Doylestown Food Market in April of 2017, taking six-hour shifts five days a week, so he could be at home more. He is passing on his health-conscious legacy to his 14-month-old son, who, according to Troy, has never had any genetically modified food. A Doylestown resident since 1997, Troy is well known to the locals that shop at market where his special area of expertise is produce. His wife teaches piano, guitar, base and ukulele and Troy says he is learning from her.
“I want people to feel good about everything they pick up at the market.”
The Doylestown Food Market was only open for six months when Andrea stopped by with her resume, which included cooking and co-op experience. Starting as a regular team member, she was promoted to assistant manager and then to manager where today she continues to enjoy selecting products that satisfy the shared values of customers as well as giving local producers an outlet for their products. Andrea appreciates that the market staff really cares about and spends time with customers, building trust and fostering a sense of community. She says she would like to see the market grow and continue to be a beacon for a healthy lifestyle. When not managing the market, Andrea likes to cook, travel and play guitar and ukulele.
“ The market is a great place to shop and the people I work with are a dream team.”
Heather was introduced to local farming and co-ops while living and going to school in Olympia, Washington, where she earned a degree in environmental science and archaeology. She returned to her native Doylestown in 2010 and now, the mother of two and award-winning Disc Golf champion, has returned to the workforce to share her passion and knowledge of good food with the community. Heather says the benefits of working at Doylestown Food Market include the emotional and professional support of her coworkers, the interesting things she learns from customers and the ability to bring good food home to her girls each night. She also is the person to ask if you are interested in fermented foods and how to fit them into your diet.
“I remember going into the natural food store when I was growing up and it smelled so good.”
Jessica grew up eating fresh produce from her own backyard and her very first job was in a health food store in Massachusetts. When she moved back to Bucks County, she stuck with her passion, working in natural food markets in Buckingham and Plumsteadville before joining the staff of Doylestown Food Market. Jessica’s forte is the healing benefits of food, so be sure to ask her for advice on issues such as digestive health. By profession, Jessica is an artist working in several different mediums including upcycling vintage jewelry into creative new pieces. She also loves outdoor sports like hiking and kayaking.
“I grew up in a food desert, with no access to fresh food.”
Khalil is a Del Val Marketing major and budding entrepreneur whose vision is to open a produce store, giving people easy access to fresh items that were not available to him growing up. During the time that he has been working at Doylestown Food Market, he has learned a lot about small business and clean food. He says he enjoys meeting new people – especially the producers – and he learns something new everyday. Khalil plans on doing a marketing internship for a non-profit organization in Cape Town South Africa. Ask him about his GoFundMe page.