Napa Farmers Market Board and Staff
As a California Certified Farmers Market nonprofit organization, we are on a mission to support local farmers and provide a place for the community to purchase local, farm-fresh, sustainably grown produce, specialty foods and artisan goods directly from the source. We do this by hosting the Napa Farmers Market on Saturdays year-round and Tuesdays April through September from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the South Napa Century Center (movie theater) parking lot, 195 Gasser Drive in Napa.
Board of Directors
Derek Bromley is founder of Ohm Coffee Roasters, a popular “Third Wave” specialty coffee purveyor and Napa Farmers Market vendor. A former sommelier and dot-com founder who has spent his career in fine food and beverage, Bromley relocated from New York to Wine Country in 2001. He has held senior executive roles with several Napa and Sonoma County wineries, most recently as chief marketing officer for Hess Family Wine Estates. When not at the coffee cupping table, Derek also plays lead guitar with local favorite The N2L Band and is an avid home chef. He lives in Napa with his wife (and bandmate), Jen, and their two children.
Tia Butts is the owner and founder of Tia Butts|pr, a Napa-based boutique public relations agency she began in early 2013. Butts has earned a reputation as a communications leader, first as an award-winning broadcast journalist in New Mexico and now in the wine industry where she provides public relations counsel, strategy, creativity and connection to clients around the globe. Butts has assisted in more than 20 new wine brand launches and held public relations positions with the Robert Mondavi Company, Constellation Wines U.S. and Benson Marketing Group. Originally from Vermont, Butts has a deep appreciation for America’s small farms. She regularly shops the Napa Farmers Market for her favorite foods, but not limited to, nectarines, sweet corn and salty pita chips.
Connie Evans has 45 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 as a Community Program/Service RN 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 Napa Farmers Market since their arrival in Napa 13 years ago, and Connie has participated in community campaigns such as Re-Think Your Drink and Food Day. Connie joined the board to serve the community and help with education programs for the market. Connie is also the chair of the non-profit Napa Valley Breastfeeding Coalition.
Janet Fletcher is our board secretary and the author or co-author of more than two dozen books on food and beverage, including 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 publications, including The New York Times, Saveur, Bon Appétit and Food & Wine. She teaches cooking and cheese-appreciation classes around the country.
Sherri Gallagher is an artisan vendor at the Napa Farmers Market where she sells handcrafted jewelry using natural stones, pearls, crystals and sterling silver. Originally from the San Joaquin Valley, Sherri has a B.S. in ornamental horticulture from Fresno State. In 1982, she moved to Napa Valley and took a job as assistant to the farm advisor at U. C. Cooperative Extension, assisting in vineyard cover-crop trials. Sherri was also part of the first class of U. C. 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.
Carine Hines, PhD is co-owner of Sun Tracker Farm, with her husband Robert and son Albie. Together they farm their 28-acre property in the beautiful Capay Valley, using organic and sustainable practices that promote diversity of the land’s soil, plants, and fauna. Hines is also a scientist, who received a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology in 2017, and an educator for college-level and elementary school students. She is half French, and loves to speak with the many Francophile customers that come through the Napa Farmer’s Market. Hines will bring the farmer’s perspective to the board and looks forward to further developing its green market initiatives.
Dave Layland is our board president and moved to Napa in 1996 after living in Chicago for most of his life. Once in the Bay Area, Dave continued to work for Jones Lang LaSalle commercial real estate until he retired in 2012. Dave and his wife, Jeanine, 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. Dave is also a U.C. Master Gardener of Napa County and serves as president of its steering committee.
Marilyn O’Connell brings more than 25 years of marketing experience in the telecommunications industry and a passion for food, wine and community to the farmers market board. After moving to Napa nine years ago, she partnered with Catherine Bergen, founder of the restaurant C CASA in Oxbow market, to assist in growing the business. Later she joined another CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Napa County) as a volunteer advocate for children. O’Connell has previously served on the boards of Montclair University in New Jersey, Skyline Park, and Leadership Napa Valley. She looks forward to contributing her marketing expertise and writing skills as part of the market’s grants and fundraising committee.
Chef Sandy Sauter is the Executive Chef of Public Programs, California, at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and co-owner and managing partner at Spork Kitchens, a commercial rental kitchen in Napa. Sauter has been pursuing her culinary career in Napa Valley for more than 13 years with experience at several local institutions including Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, Dean & Deluca in St. Helena, and Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts. With a natural ability for teaching the culinary arts to food enthusiasts, she has developed and taught most of the food and wine classes for the public programs offered by CIA.
Curtis Strohl is the General Manager of B Cellars and uses his skills to support the financial oversight of the Napa Farmers Market. Curtis as a leader who emphasizes long-term relationships, team building and customer service on balance with strong financial performance analysis and clear, direct communications of the Napa Farmers Market objectives. Most Saturdays you can find Curtis at the Chef Demo stage getting the spectators excited for what our featured chef has in store fo them. Curtis and his wife, Carrie, live in Napa and consider “food, gardening, cooking and eating and drinking well is central to their life together”.
Cara Mae Wooledge, MPH is our Market Manager and supports Board of Directors in fundraising, marketing and community engagement. Cara Mae brings with her over 10 years of experience working with the community to improve public health and increase wellness in Napa County. One of her goals is to ensure our market is a welcoming environment for all our neighbors. Cara Mae feels the Napa Farmers Market is a unique asset because we are building community around food.