Meet The G.A.P. Board Members
President of G.A.P. and CTFM
Since 2011, Fiona has served as the Charles Town Farmers Market Manager in a volunteer leadership capacity. She also serves on the Board of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association. Prior, she was an artisan vendor at the Market herself. Along with a market committee, she grew that market from just a few vendors in 2011 to over 40 vendors on the books in 2015. It is one of the premiere markets in the state and continues to foster a sense of community and friendship on Saturday mornings. Fiona holds a BS in Natural Resources from Humboldt University. She has worked for the National Park Service, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Rita brings her skills in partnerships, fundraising, and adult education from a 29-year career with the National Park Service. She administers a million-dollar fund source and has 15 years’ experience in adult education and professional development programs. Rita holds an MA in Community Change and Civic Leadership from Antioch McGregor and is registered for a Professional Certificate in Breakthrough Leaders for Sustainable Food Systems with the University of Vermont, May 2019.
Katie Nolan Thompson
Katie is a professional race director serving as a contractor with the Eastern Area Health Education Center. She serves as Co-Race Director for Freedom’s Run and Harpers Ferry Half Marathon. Katie holds a BS from James Madison University in Exercise Science. She has a strong passion for encouraging health – especially in youth. Katie developed and facilitates the youth oriented Market Explorers Program at the CT Farmer’s Market.
Jennifer Blackford Fountain
Jen is a Jefferson County native, having grown up on a dairy farm in Bardane. After graduating from Jefferson High School she remained in the area, raising two boys and getting to know all the nooks and crannies of every soccer field. Jen is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and works from an office on Washington Street in Charles Town. She serves as secretary on the G.A.P. board and enjoys helping out as an occasional CTFM volunteer. Her passions include preserving local history and farmland, music, nature, animals, and raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research.
Darrell is relatively new to our community. Originally from Pennsylvania, Darrell lived in Northern Virginia for 20 years where he built military lasers. He relocated to Jefferson County in 2013 where he bought his first house and lives there with his son. He is a local entrepreneur founding SVG Commercial Cleaning in 2017 with a focus on “impactful service contributions that improve the health & wellness of the community”. Darrell is an active member of the Charles Town Rotary, the Jefferson Activities Group and has been a volunteer for the Charles Town Farmers Market for the past 4 years. Besides being a talented musician, Darrell is an active running and cycling enthusiast participating in many local and regional races often raising money for charitable causes. Darrell is passionate about “giving back to my community”
Meet the Staff Members
Chief Operating Officer
Todd is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and has been a working musician for 40 years. Todd’s family goes back in Jefferson County to the 1700s. Todd is one of the founding members of the Charles Town Farmers Market, serves on the Charles Town Parks and Recs Commission as well as the Charles Town City Council. Todd oversees GAP’s day to day business affairs and as support staff for Bushel & Peck and CTFM.
Store Manager and Buyer
Abby Beavin is the buyer/ manager for Bushel & Peck. Abby was born in Ohio but grew up in Virginia, and has made a home in Charles Town, West Virginia. She has a two-year General Studies degree from Lord Fairfax Community College. She has worked on several small vegetable and livestock farms in West Virginia and North Carolina. Prior to organic farming, Abby has worked as a grocery assistant at Target, as a waitress, and piano teacher. Abby is also a skilled artist and does most of our social media, in-store signs and is an active member of the downtown community.
Meet The Volunteer Committee
Jim, with his wife Susan, moved to Jefferson County from Frederick County, Md. in 2013. A lifelong dedicated community volunteer, Jim, and Susan were thrilled to find the Charles Town Farmers Market and started volunteering in 2014. Jim has since taken charge of and organized CTFM’s volunteer force and is currently on the committee that runs the market as Volunteer Coordinator. In his semi-retirement after 46 years at the Washington Post, Jim works part-time for the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper, works with various vendors when they need help and attends the Maryland Renaissance Fair and, with his wife Susan, portrays Santa and Mrs. Clause and Father and Mother Christmas at a variety of local venues and holiday events.
Joslyn is a lifelong resident of Middleway, West Virginia in Jefferson County. She is a mother of two, grandmother of one and has been a teacher in Jefferson County for 33 years. She is an active member of many local organizations including Middleway 4H, Wizard Clip Garden Club, JC Fair Horticulture, JC Education Assoc. and St. Thomas Lutheran Church. She is a graduate of Jefferson County Schools, Shepherd College, and WV University. With her husband Dan, Joslyn started the Middleway Organic Farm in 1989 and has been an integral part of many local and area farmers markets including Leesburg, Sterling, Berryville, Shepherdstown, and Charles Town. Though they specialize in herbs and flowers, they also maintain vegetables and mushrooms. She says, “ On the farm, I am Co-farmer, greenhouse waterer, transplanter, market seller, flower cutter, flower arranger, bookkeeper, media specialist, and head mower”. Joslyn has been the Vendor Rep for the CTFM steering committee for two years. “The Charles Town community has been wonderful to us and we are proud to be a part of this amazing community.”
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