Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I am usually in a management position of some kind who deals one-on-one with clients and staff, either on the phone or face to face.
I am also a musician, so I do some gigs as a singer/songwriter.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I would say to look at the list of available items on the Farmers Market Fairy website. Ask questions if you don't know what something is. If you're totally confused, just tell me what you like, and I can help you come up with a good list of food to last you throughout the week.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The secret is that you need to familiarize yourself with the vendors at farmers markets. Get to know who has the best tasting produce. Often there are samples. Farms that are very good are not afraid to entice you with samples. It's the vendors who may not be so good, that won't have samples.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They should know that Farmers Market Fairy is really the only 100% personalized farmers market shopping and delivery service in the Los Angeles area. I will also go to boutique butchers and seafood markets.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. A lot of local, produce delivery services and CSA's provide a random assortment of fruits and vegetables from Los Angeles farmers markets. Farmers Market Fairy does custom orders. So, if you're following a recipe or have specific needs/tastes, Farmers Market Fairy can satisfy those needs. Delivery schedules are also flexible and no weekly subscription is required.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I am a huge fan of food in general, and by food, I mean really good food. The produce available at farmers markets in Los Angeles is of a much fresher and higher quality than that of super markets... including Whole Foods. I also love being outside and sharing my knowlegde of food with others. Eating locally is better for you, and it's better for the environment.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q: How does it work?
A: Call or email your list by 10pm the night before a farmers market. Relax and let Linda the Farmers Market Fairy do the rest.
Q: Which markets do you go to?
A: Sunday Hollywood, Tuesday Culver City, Wednesday Santa Monica, Thursday Downtown or Pasadena. Other markets available upon request.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Clients must pay for their order and there is a delivery fee of $20-$30 depending on how large the order is. (Farmers Market shopping can take quite a lot of time).
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Not yet. Farmers Market Fairy is very new... but I'm sure there will be one soon!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish they knew how much I truly enjoy it. I also would like them to know how much love an effort I put into choosing their items.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I've been running a small tutoring company for years, but I'm not passionate about the SAT. I thought about the idea for years, but finally mentioned it to my friends. They couldn't believe I had waited so long to say something.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently shopped for a personal chef. He was very particular and demanding. I was able to handle all of the curve balls he threw me, and he was very satisfied and has become a regular client.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am constantly reading up on food and nutrition whether it's the newspaper, internet, or food writers.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Since health and nutrition has become such an issue in the US, I think that there is an increasing number of farmers markets and butchers who sell local, free range, grass fed, hormone/antibiotic free meats and poultry. I think accessibility of these things will only get better over the next few years or decade.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I recently ran a marathon. It didn't cost much, but it took about 6 months of very intense training.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. The pricing system is not that complicated. Vendors/farmers prices are always changing, but stay relatively the same. I have a list of what most items cost. Clients should expect to pay for all of the produce/items they want and then a delivery fee of approximately $30.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Care about eating healthy and delicious food. Nature will guide you to select the best possible ingredients for your clients.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Q: Why do you want to deliver locally and organically grown produce to people in Los Angeles?
A: Because I want to share my knowledge of high quality, great tasting healthy food. I want to help those who don't have the time and energy, or just simply feel overwhelmed by the process, have the opportunity to eat farm fresh fruits and vegetables.