Summer 2017

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Final Reflection

Final Reflection

As my time in Middlebury this summer is coming to a close I am feeling very reflective on all of the things that I have learned and the ways that that I have grown. I think the change that I am the most grateful for […]

Final field trip

Final field trip

For our class field trip this past week we visited Rutland, Vermont where I was excited to explore the Rutland Area Farm & Food Link Center and later the Vermont Farmers’ Food Center. After a peaceful drive to Rutland, we parked our car and walked […]

delivery day

delivery day

This week for me mainly consisted of executing Midd Foods duties in preparation for our deliveries which will be this upcoming Friday and Sunday. Because I manage the communications branch of the operation, it is my job to advertise our business on social media and to remind people during delivery week of their pickup times and locations. One of our largest problems at Midd Foods occurs when customers forget to pick up their orders so it is extremely important that I reach as many people as possible with reminders about their pickups. If as a team we can strive for a 100% pickup rate from our customers, Midd Foods would save a considerable amount of food, money and time allowing us to effectively eliminate waste and stay more organized with our inventory. Being part of small business for the first time my eyes have been opened to reality of all the various moving parts and time/effort it takes to execute an operation of this nature. I definitely have grown a greater appreciation for small business owners and more specifically the people who start and run Midd Foods during the year. Another major lesson that I am learning is that within our small business it is  imperative that everyone is meticulous about his/her individual jobs so that things do not fall through the cracks and we do not upset our precious customers. I have learned that one careless and seemingly unimportant mistake can have a whole host of effects that trigger bigger issues in the operation. For example, forgetting to put one item in food in one customer’s bag or putting one bag in the wrong pickup location can have the potential to throw off the numbers for multiple sites. I learned this lesson the hard way during our past delivery when a customer came to pick up her order and when I went to grab her ravioli I remembered that I had accidently placed it with the Brandon orders. I apologized profusely to our customer and explained my mistake and all she said back was “well there goes my dinner”. This was one of our customers who is currently on EBT and I felt terrible thinking about how her and her family might not have sufficient food for dinner that night because of my mistake and failure to double check. On a more positive note though, I something that I love about our deliveries is that for the most part the operation runs smoothly and often at pickup customers will praise us for our efforts or tell us how big of difference we are making for the community or their families. The customers do not realize the huge impact that these words have on all of us who have been extremely stressed all week and need these types of comments to inspire us to keep going. In terms of delivery tomorrow, I am really hoping for a smooth delivery but not aiming for perfection as I know that this is unrealistic. There is no such thing as a perfect delivery and there will be slip ups but the most important thing is to keep moving forward and to remember how far the company has come and how many people care about it. I am excited to hopefully take a larger role in the operation tomorrow and to try to take some of the weight and stress off of the individuals who usually run it. I want to do my job the best of my ability and remember the Midd Foods mission and in doing that I can leave the weekend feeling accomplished no matter what happens.

mindful summer

mindful summer

Something I find interesting about food is that it plays an integral role in the lives of every individual on this earth and every person has his/her own unique relationship with food. I first became fascinated by food over my freshman year J-Term class regarding […]


My Diary

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Something I find interesting about food is that it plays an integral role in the lives of every individual on this earth and every person has his/her own unique relationship with food. I first became fascinated by food over my freshman year J-Term class regarding meditation. One night, about a week into the course, our teacher held a silent dinner in which we all gathered at our professors beautiful wood dining table and ate a phenomenal freshly cooked, organic meal together while sitting in total silence. Earlier in class that day, our professor had explained that during the dinner we should be practicing “mindful eating” in which we should work to cultivate a sense of pleasure and enjoyment with each and every bite that we take. Our teacher suggested that we think deeply about the roots of our food. Where was it coming from? What kind of human and physical energy was put into bringing this food to our plates? Additionally, she told us to question what were we tasting. What spices and food was put together to provide the taste that we were eating?

I thought about this particular evening today while I was driving with my boss Liza home from a meeting in Willistown, VT. The conference that we went to was for young entrepreneurs or business owners looking to expand their networks and build relationships. This summer I am working as an intern and the manager of the communications branch of a student-run organization called Middlebury Foods. Since receiving my position on the Midd Foods team for the summer I am beginning to fully realize the extent of what an incredible organization this is and all of the unbelievable work that has been put into making Midd Foods the business that it is. Middlebury Foods is a completely non profit organization that works to help the local food economy by selling wholesale groceries at affordable prices while simultaneously promoting local producers. As the communications manager, I manage the Facebook, instagram and email accounts, as well as taking phone calls as well as simultaneously work with Liza and our other summer intern Emily to expand the company in creative new ways. Today at the conference, I spoke with a young artisan named Sarah who is trying to grow her graphic design business. After answering Sarah’s questions regarding Midd Foods, I was excited to hear her ideas regarding our business as she explained her experience working as a employee at Trader Joes. Sarah discussed the ways in which food is not only inaccessible to many people but also not utilized efficiently as education surrounding food and health is minimal. In the car as we sped back to campus, Liza and I discussed how it could be very helpful for Midd Foods customers if in our July delivery the bags contained sheets with quick and simple cooking tips and recipes such as: How to Cook Rice or How to Marinate Chicken. This would be easy to implement and potentially extremely helpful to many of our clientele. The drive back from Willistown to Middlebury was absolutely stunning with the mountains and all of the clouds and it was a very special moment to be sitting with my new friend Liza in her Jeep talking about real ways in which we could help to minimize food insecurity in Vermont.

My goals for this summer include putting all the time and energy possible into expanding Middlebury Foods, an organization that is truly amazing and I want to do everything that I can to help it grow as well as being mindful of all of my actions regarding food and the energy that I send into and take from the world.  I am truly excited to further understand what makes a food system operate and then connect this back to Midd Foods and apply it my own plan for how to lead my life.


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