Our Team: Maggie Dulka, Produce Manager

High Falls Food Co-op has a new produce manager! Her name is Maggie Dulka, and we couldn’t be happier to have her. Many of you may know Maggie as a long-standing member of our community. A few years back, Maggie (a former cook) was a vendor to HFFC, providing us with soups, baked goods, and other prepared foods. After hanging up her apron, Maggie took some time to explore other aspects of the food industry; which ultimately lead her back to the co-op with an expanded set of skills.

“When the opportunity presented itself,” Maggie says of her latest role, “I couldn’t refuse. The co-op’s food and community values align with my own; that’s important to me… plus, I love fruits and vegetables! Working with them every day is a pleasure.” Maggie’s experience as a cook gives her an advantage while placing orders and assisting customers. She’ll not only provide the best of what’s in season, but she can tell you how to prepare it, too! That’s something we find very helpful.

We asked Maggie what our members should be bringing home this autumn, and how to prepare it. “Squash!” Maggie says, “We have beautiful, local, organic squash this year. Beets as well. Fall is one of my favorite seasons simply because you can make delicious food while keeping it simple. Just slice open a squash, scoop out the seeds, drizzle olive oil, roast. Easy! Butter, salt, and pepper— all set. This is my go-to when I’m bringing a dish to a dinner party.”

As far as fruits go, we love our apples in the Hudson Valley, and the co-op’s got a great selection this year. Though, Maggie urges us all not to forget about pears. And citrus! “Fall is the time to enjoy so many fruits. I’m a juicer, and I like to stay healthy by mixing grapefruit and valencia oranges or a vitamin C boost.”

“My goal in this position are to provide the co-op community with the best organic produce I can, and source it from as locally as possible.” She continues, “It’s exciting to see people view the first crops of a season. The vibrant colors, the freshness, it can’t e beat. I try to stay true to that and offer what is in-season.”

It’s been wonderful having Maggie back as such an important part of our team. If you ever have any questions, comments, or requests, Maggie welcomes your input. We look forward to continuing our relationship with this talented, knowledgable, individual. Thank you Maggie, for coming aboard.