Jeff Cole, Executive Director
Jeff Cole has served as Executive Director of Mass Farmers Markets since 2000. Jeff earned a B.A. in Economics from Bates College and farms family land in Sutton, MA. He is the 9th generation on the farm. Jeff serves on numerous boards and committees including The Massachusetts Food Policy Council, Worcester County Farm Bureau, and the Massachusetts Agricultural Promotion Board. Jeff believes that one of the preeminent “missions” of the farmers market industry is to provide economic opportunity to family farms, as well as local communities, in order to encourage their long-term survival.
Sarah Gupton, Operations Manager
Sarah graduated from Wesleyan University and went to work in the publishing industry for some time. After realizing that she preferred working with farmers and chefs so that she could talk about food all day long, she worked for Specialty Foods Boston, and then went on to assist NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) with the organization of their summer conference. Having worked as a farmhand for a couple of summers in her home state of Vermont, she feels comfortable working with farmers and served as the market manager of the Medford Farmers Market for a couple of years. She now serves on the board there and when not working for Mass Farmers Markets, spends her time hiking and running with Tui (her dog), biking, and cooking.
Philip Walsh, Finance Manager
Philip comes to Mass Farmers Markets from the Boston accounting firm of Donahue & Associates. As Finance Manager his major initiatives have centered on streamlining accounting systems in order to provide faster service to farmers and farmers markets, including electronic payments via Direct Deposit. MFM’s mission to help preserve New England farmland resonates with Philip’s commitment to the land and its welfare. In off hours he is a dedicated hiker, backpacker and cross-country skier. His writing on architecture, landscape, and the environment has appeared in Artforum and Landscape Architecture, among other publications. In 2016 he was awarded the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in landscape journalism.
Caroline Rosa, Project Assistant
Caroline comes to Mass Farmers Markets from Grow Food Northampton, where she served as the AmeriCorps Youth Education Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Psychology and has experience farming and working as a farm educator. She loves teaching, working with kids, and sharing her love for local agriculture with others. When she is not working, Caroline loves to spend time with friends, be outdoors, play music, and read.
Rebecca Miller, HIP Coordinator
Becca Miller is the Healthy Incentives Program Coordinator for Mass Farmers Markets. Becca graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy. She studied abroad in Italy in the spring of 2014, where she gained insight into local food systems. After graduating, Becca worked for Atlas Farm at the Copley Square Farmers Market and as a buyer for a specialty foods distributor. Becca has worked with many other food and agriculture organizations in Massachusetts, including New Lands Farm, Central Mass Grown, and the Worcester Kindergarten Initiative. In her work with all of these organizations, she hopes to increase the resilience of local food systems and community involvement in agriculture. Becca resides in Somerville, MA.
Hannah Firestone, Copley Market Manager
Hannah Firestone is the Copley Square Farmers Market Manager. She grew up in Cambridge, MA and loves working in the Boston area. She graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with a degree in the study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is passionate about food access and is excited to be involved in the Healthy Incentives Program. She has worked closely in the past with the Harvard Community Garden, the Harvard Farmers Market, City Sprouts, and the Farm School. She began working with Mass Farmers Markets in May 2017 and has greatly enjoyed her time managing the market. When she is not at Copley, she enjoys knitting, dancing, choreographing, writing and painting.
George Chichirau, Central Market Manager
Marni Berliner, Davis Market Manager
Tui – MFM office dog
Tui is the 1-year-old Whoodle (Wheaten Terrier/Poodle mix) that you’ll often see at the MFM office if you stop by. He’s named after a native New Zealand bird that has a white patch on its chest (just like him!), and loves coming into the office since he gets to go on lunchtime walks around the farm. He enjoys romping in the woods, going on farm visits, playing with tennis balls, and chewing sticks. Just don’t make him swim and he’s a happy dog!
Our Board of Directors:
F. Marie Morisset (President), Santander Bank
Ed Eglitis (Vice President), Fresh Food
Sami Harb (Treasurer)
Allyson Reed (Clerk)
Nina Fleishman, Senior Manager Business Development and Partnerships, Time Inc.
Barb Hamilton, Hamilton Orchards, New Salem, MA
David Webber, Mass Department of Agricultural Resources
Venette Jean Pierre
Edith Murnane, Consultant & Food Systems Advocate
Judy Dore, Newton MA Market Manager
Rose Hall, Lexington MA Market Manager
Malia Maier, Boston Public Market
Emma Mayville, (Net Impact Board Fellow, Market Operations)
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Mailing Address: 240 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02452