Eric is from Massachusetts and moved to Potsdam from South Carolina with his wife, Cheryl and pets. He has been in the natural foods industry since 2000 having worked at Whole Foods Market, The Berkshire Co-op Market (Great Barrington, MA), and as a broker traveling across the Northeast. Eric served on the start-up board of the Hub City Co-op in Spartanburg, which will be the first food cooperative in the state of South Carolina. Eric is very passionate about the cooperative business model and the benefits that co-ops bring communities.
Alissa primarily grew up in Warrensburg, NY. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam and started her masters in Higher Education at SUNY Stony Brook when she lived in Brooklyn, NY. Alissa enjoys the sense of community and values that the Co-op emulates. When a student, the Chai Cola brought Alissa to the Co-op weekly. She now enjoys various products including the baked goods from the Carriage House. Alissa owns a dairy farm with her husband. She enjoys reading and researching minimalism and living a zero-waste lifestyle.
Andy has lived in Potsdam his whole life. He enjoys the community aspect of the Co-op. Working here provides the opportunity to serve the members of his hometown. He loves the quality and affordability of the bulk, produce, and local meat departments at the Co-op. He also buys lunch from the Carriage House every day and it never gets old. Outside of work, Andy enjoys music, sports, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Originally from Arkansas, Bakari has lived in Potsdam for over six years. A textile artist, Bakari enjoys spinning, weaving, and naturally dying wool. He enjoys photography and is a hiker. Bakari’s favorite things at the Co-op are the organic fruits and vegetables.
Chris began his work at the Potsdam Co-op thirteen years ago. It was then that he, along with several other member-owners, built the wood fired oven that he now lights fires and bakes in six days a week. It hardly seems like it's been that long most days.
Lynn grew up in the Adirondack foothills but especially loves the sense of "community" in Potsdam and Canton, of which she considers the Co-op to be an integral part. Except for two years living near Syracuse, Lynn has resided in this area since transferring to SUNY Potsdam from a college in Buffalo to finish her degree. She and her housemates were members of the Co-op then, a time when membership and working were required.
Originally from Chautauqua County, NY, Megan attended college in Maine and then worked various jobs, including farm-worker, baker, and as a nature educator at an Audubon center. Megan came to St. Lawrence County in 2004 and, with her husband Dan, operates "Kent Family Growers," an organic vegetable farm. Working at the Co-op is one of Megan's favorite things. She loves meeting and working with all the cool people who are attracted to the Co-op. The staff, member-owners, and shoppers are all friendly and interesting. It's always a pleasant and enriching experience to come back to work.