Napa Farmers Market Board and Staff
Charlotte Billings, Market Manager
Charlotte Billings is a fifth-generation Napa resident. She is an avid urban homesteader, raising chickens, rabbits and vegetables with her husband and two children at their home in Napa. Charlotte brings many skills and interests to the Napa Farmers’ Market including a background in education, compliance and sales. At home, she enjoys practicing various kinds of fermentation and home baking. She is very excited about this coming market season and sees her position as market manager of the Napa Farmers Market as an opportunity to have a positive and lasting impact on her community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Layland, President
Dave Layland and his wife Jeanine moved to Napa in 1996 after living in Chicago for most of their lives. Once in the Bay Area, Dave continued to work for Jones Lang LaSalle commercial real estate until he retired in 2012. They live on two acres in the Carneros District where Dave grows vegetables, fruits and olives, and maintains a one-acre vineyard. Dave and Jeanine have been visiting farmers markets across the country and in Europe for more than 30 years and practiced eating seasonally and locally well before it became fashionable. In addition to serving on the Farmers Market board, Dave is also a Master Gardener and serves as president of the Master Gardeners steering committee.
Janet Fletcher, Secretary
Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books on food and beverage, including Yogurt, Cheese & Wine, Eating Local and Fresh from the Farmers’ Market. Her weekly email newsletter, Planet Cheese, is read by cheese enthusiasts internationally, and she is a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. A longtime contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Janet has received three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award for her newspaper journalism. Her food and beverage writing has also appeared in numerous national magazines, including Saveur, Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Food Arts and Food & Wine. She lives in Napa Valley but teaches cooking and cheese-appreciation classes around the country.
Annie Baker received her degree in accounting from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and began working in large corporate financial institutions in downtown Chicago. After 10 years of “counting beans” and (more importantly) delighting a steadily increasing number of co-workers with the sweet treats she made at home, Annie ventured west and enrolled in the pastry arts program at CIA Greystone for formal training. After graduation, she joined the Mustards kitchen team and collaborated with owner/chef Cindy Pawlcyn for five years to create the wonderful and delectable desserts on the menu. In 2009, Annie launched Annie the Baker, featuring cookies made from scratch, slightly crispy on the outside with a moist and doughy interior. She sells her cookies every week at the Napa Farmers Market.
Julie Logue-Riordan is a cooking teacher, and leads culinary tours to Europe. Julie has taught vocational and avocational culinary students for more than 30 years, and is a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Plus she’s had the opportunity to live in Asia for 10 years working in marketing with multinational corporations. For the last 12 years she’s made Napa her home.
Connie Evans has over 40 years of nursing experience, a vast majority of it focused on education including working with patients, staff, nursing students and community members. She currently works at Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s Community Outreach as the perinatal outreach and health education coordinator. A new focus for her has been health-promotion community education, such as instruction on cooking nutritious meals on a limited budget. Connie and her husband have been customers of the Farmers Market since their arrival in Napa 10 years ago and Connie has participated in the market with community groups/campaigns such as Re-Think Your Drink and Food Day.
Sherri Gallagher is an artisan vendor at the Farmers Market where she sells handcrafted jewelry using natural stones, pearls, crystals and sterling silver. Originally from the San Joaquin Valley, Sherri has a BS degree in ornamental horticulture from Fresno State. In 1982, she moved to Napa Valley and took a job as assistant to the farm advisor at the U C Cooperative Extension, assisting in vineyard cover crop trials. Sherri was also part of the first class of Master Gardeners in Napa County. In addition to being a self-taught jewelry artist, she works in computer graphics for Crop Care Associates, detailing information about local soils.
Karen Schuppert – “the Queen of Green” – is a culinary instructor and nutritionist “promoting a healthy appetite for a thriving planet.” Karen eats, drinks and teaches the benefits of SOUL Food: Seasonal, Organic, Unrefined and Local. She offers techniques for the busy person and healthy recipes fresh from sustainable farms to the kitchen table on her website www.cook4seasons.com and through cooking classes all around the Napa Valley. Karen is a founding member of the Napa Local Food Advisory Council.
Farmer/Co-Owner of Big Ranch Farms
Napa County Supervisor, District 1