Have you ever met someone and immediately know they have the touch?
Julie and I met seven years ago through the great people at the Intervale Center in Burlington. I was consulting and Julie was looking for some help to grow her potted herb plant business. Immediately upon entering her greenhouses I was impressed by the quality and consistency of her plants; especially since she was growing everything organically.
Brought together by a deep love of agriculture and food it didn’t take long for us to become close friends.
At an early meeting Julie asked if I was hungry, and then proceeded to share the most amazing lunch with me – deflecting compliments throughout the meal by saying the preparation was easy and “nothing at all”.
It became quickly apparent in our professional relationship that the only thing I needed to communicate to Julie was to fully appreciate how talented and gifted she was.
A couple of weeks later, she brought me a jar of homemade Marmalade which to this day is still the best I have EVER had.
When I asked her about what was in it – she responded – just Oranges and Sugar.
I refused to believe her until she detailed how her recipe and technique came from her father, and used his very special copper pot – a centuries old french tradition.
As it turned out Julie grew up in France then moved to the US when her father, Gerard, took a position running Rossignal Skis of North America.
A year ago I asked her if she would be willing to grow cut herbs for us. Not only did she say yes, she started a whole new enterprise within her already successful plant business!
Please enjoy meeting Julie, my friend, and in many ways a great inspiration for Farmers To You!