Tina Wilcoxson, OwnerI grew up in “The County” on a potato farm in a farming community where kids still get out of school for the harvest every year. Every fall, I actually miss working on a harvester or picking potatoes; the feeling of everyone pulling together and helping each other to get the crops in.
For 3 weeks, all of the County was focused on harvest and it was dirty, exhausting, hard work and I loved it...all of it. The early mornings, the smell of earth being turned over, the laughing and joking, the fall foliage and the occasional rests when the digger would break down.
And now, as the owner of RRNF, I get to spend time with the Maine farmers who supply us with produce or meats and am thankful I can still be involved with farming even though my hands don’t get dirty and are more likely found using a calculator or register.
Becky, HABA/Supplement BuyerWorking with so many small independent farmers and small companies is such a pleasure. It's a gift to get to know them and their families, as well as our regular customers.
For me, it’s not just a job…it is sharing and helping our customers with what we offer, local products, and so much more. It’s our relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable, caring staff who listen, take special orders, and share jokes and their daily lives.
I enjoy our home with my wife Sheri and the homestead we continue to create, including: veggie gardens, a small water pond with many pollinator plants, chickens, a colony of bees, and elderberry patch. We live among cats, dogs, and 2 donkeys - all adopted/rescued - on 3 acres in the country.
5 years ago, we switched from oil to a wood pellet boiler and this spring, we brought solar to our home! Honestly, I could not have dreamt my life of today...I am grateful and feel very blessed, I wonder what might be next!
Dorota, HABA Assistant & Manager on Duty (MOD)I feel so grateful to all the people behind the food that Royal River carries; especially the farmers, their staff, and all the people who are
constantly fighting for the health of our food.
When not at the store, I love spending time outdoors with my daughter. We're at our best when looking for bugs, rocks, and yet-to-be-discovered dinosaur bones. (In fact, this photo is from our latest wilderness adventure!)
Doug, Grocery BuyerThis is a picture of me when I was about four years old (on the left if you hover your mouse over my photo) next to one of my older brothers (I have four total) at a summer camp over in Raymond - Gander Brook Christian Camp. We attended the camp growing up and, when in college, I returned as a camp counselor.
That experience of the struggle to try to love kids in all their erratic forms - while in communion with fellow counselor friends doing the same - has created the most meaningful place on earth for me. Over the years, volunteering off and on at the camp and building strong relationships that will last an eternity often makes me feel ashamed for the moments in life where I am not grateful.
The grown-up shot of me is about forty years later at the same camp. I was born in New England, but for many years also lived in Texas and Colorado. My wife (also a camp counselor) and I returned to New England to continue to be a part of Gander Brook’s livelihood.
I have a son and a daughter who now look forward to attending Gander Brook every summer, and my son has even produced an excellent documentary from a camper's perspective viewable at Linopafilms on youtube.
I also love doing anything with my four brothers, especially candlepin bowling.
...and, I like working for an independent business that strives to create a pleasant environment in which to work and shop and strives to provide meaningful and quality products. Royal River is the perfect fit!
Hannah, Chief Intelligence OfficerMy role at RRNF allows me to collide my love of logic and problem solving with my passion for local and organically produced foods and goods. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to maintain active participation in the growth of Royal River Natural Foods while also continuing to grow as an individual myself.
Born and raised in Maine, I spent most of my youth sailing the coast and traveling the back roads with family and friends. I have been working with computers since some of my earliest memories of testing software for my dad as a small child. A proud aunt to six amazing kids, I very much enjoy spending time with family and my best companion, my dog, Summit. I am a devoted lover of animals and I believe it is of utmost importance to treat the earth and all of her inhabitants with love and respect.
When I am not at RRNF, I can be found working in my vegetable garden, going up to camp, farming, or rejoicing in the beauty of Maine!
Lorraine, Store ManagerI was born and raised in Northern California, deciding at age 30 it was time for a change. I ended up on the other side of the country in the lovely state of Maine, a place I had visited a few times prior. I started working at RRNF when I first arrived on the East coast, and here I am today.
The connection of eating well and feeling well is important to me. I love meeting our farmers and knowing where my food comes from. I am grateful to be part of everything that RRNF stands for and provides for the community.
Neil, Produce BuyerOne way or another, my life seems to always bring me back to produce. I have always been fascinated with plants and plant life, and of course I love to eat them. (Just ask my mom, I never turned down a fruit or a vegetable!) When I was a kid, I never put dressing on my salads; I didn’t want to mask the great taste of those veggies. (As an adult I do like a good vinaigrette.) I would even turn down candy for an apple or an orange.
This love affair has stayed strong throughout my life. From my teens into adulthood I have worked in the retail grocery business. I have strayed to pursue other endeavors; but at some point, I wound up working on an organic vegetable farm. Cultivating vegetables from infancy is an amazingly rewarding experience. After that, I realized that I needed to be back in produce once again, and Royal River Natural Foods was there for me.
Produce is my life! Fresh fruits vegetables are healthy and delicious and do a body right...and organic growing practices are the only way to go.
Nina, Jack of All Trades (HABA, Grocery, Manager On Duty & Cheese Buyer)I'm constantly curious and eager to learn about all the ways that the natural foods industry is changing, specifically when it comes to supplements, organic and natural practices, as well as healthy lifestyles.
I try to incorporate these practices into my life as much as possible. At the end of the day, I'm an avid believer in maintaining a well balanced life: one that appreciates delicious food, wine, breathtaking art, good music, great company, a body that is active, and everything in between.
I also have a pretty great collection of sea urchins that I hope to one day build my hobbit-home out of.