HandPicked People: Cheryl Paff

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Today, we're hearing from Cheryl Paff. Cheryl truly understands the importance and value of supporting local food, having run both the Woodstock Farm Festival and Rhinebeck Farmers' Market for several years. Her love for good local ingredients is also evident in the many, delicious recipes Cheryl has shared here on HandPicked Nation.

A true devotee to good food, Cheryl is a terrific addition to the HandPicked community.

Name: Cheryl Paff

Occupation: Farmers' Market Manager

Describe what you do in ten words or less. I've been the Manager of the Rhinebeck Farmers' Market for over a decade.

Describe real food in one sentence. Food with as few steps as possible from field to fork.

What is your first food memory? Picking wild berries in the fields near my childhood house.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Oh, kale maybe. Simple, wholesome and substantial.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Olive Oil, Lemon, Salt, Herbs, Yogurt.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Use the right tool for the job.

What's going to be your next meal? That depends on what I find at the farmers' market but probably an heirloom tomato sandwich with mayo and sea salt on some good crusty bread.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what kinds of questions you want us to ask in the comments below!