Supporter of the Season: Julia Paxman

Julia and I met about 15 years ago when our kids were little. We attended the same local playgroup— which, if you have little kids and never tried, get thee to a playgroup, go! I think they are as helpful for parents as they are for kids. In this case, Julia and I had a nice connection that has persisted for the last 15 years. Julia is also a skillful and kind swim instructor and coach. My daughter was lucky enough to swim with her for years, and Julia was amazing!

Julia first found our ferments at a late season Waitsfield Farmers’ Market in 2018, and she has been a steadfast supporter since then. In honor of her dedication and friendship, I asked her to become VFA’s first ever Supporter of the Season, and she agreed!

A little about Julia

Is there a business or non-profit you’d like to lift up?
Two of them—Waterbury Rapids which is a summer swim team that practices at the Waterbury municipal pool and The Central Vermont Swim Club (CVSC). CVSC is a USA certified winter swim team that practices at Norwich University in Northfield VT. Swim teams are important because they provide children with ongoing support in stroke development, confidence in the water, competitive swimming and friendships. Most importantly, swimming is a life and survival skill.
Tell us about your interest in live-cultured food and drinks.
It all started with Beki’s kombucha! My husband, children and I would go to the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market and get a fresh kombucha from her on many Saturdays during the market season. I love the benefits of live-cultured food and try to incorporate them into my diet every day.
Which one of our products is your favorite?
Cauliflower Sunshine Pickles (See, I told you Julia was cool! She and I share the same favorite ferment!)
What else would you like readers to know about you?
I really believe in eating as “close to home” as I can. Knowing that VFA sources their fruits and veggies from local farms is a win in my book!
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