Our Team: Kenny Rowe, Grocery Manager
If you’re a regular at High Falls Food Co-op, then you probably recognize Kenny Rowe as not only our Grocery Manager, but as one of the friendliest faces you’ll ever meet. Kenny has been with us for nearly a year and the impact of his presence is immeasurable. Kenny’s positive attitude and stellar work ethic make the co-op a better place. We are all so please to have him aboard.
Kenny was referred to the co-op by our former Grocery manager Ryan. Kenny’s ten years of experience with organic, local, and specialty foods made him a perfect fit for HFFC. “Although I have a lot of experience in this arena, discovering co-op culture is so new and exciting. I love being a part of this team, working together for the common good. I’m truly happy to come to work every day,” Kenny says.
Kenny is our grocery, dairy, and frozen foods buyer. A responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. “My goal is to begin incorporating more and more local farmers and producers than ever before. To focus on the nutritional content of packaged products, and to share any possible sales/values with the community of co-op shoppers and members.”
“I try to balance and carry options for all different diets,” Kenny continues, “while focusing on local foods with wholesome ingredients.” A wholesome local himself, Kenny was born and raised in Kingston, NY. He currently resides in the town of Rifton. This lifelong connection to the Hudson Valley guides his customer service every day. “I want to know our customers as individuals and families. I was them to communicate with us and give us feedback on what we carry. It’s a great time at the co-op. There is so much growth, and I want to help continue that. I want everyone to get involved.”
We asked Kenny what we can look forward to in the coming months, and he had some exciting news to share. Kenny plans to expand the selection of vegan and dairy-free products that we carry, beginning with the addition of Anita’s Coconut Yogurt. A delicious new brand out of Kerhonkson, NY. New, local honey is also currently on the shelf. Pre-packaged by our friends at Swarmbustin’ Honey.
Aside from stocking our shelves with healthy options, Kenny is also working on a High Falls Food Co-op documentary for our upcoming 40th Anniversary party. Along with founding member, Lee Kleinberg, the two have been filming interviews with original co-op members to capture the oral history of this organization. “I’m fascinated,” Kenny says, “by how the co-op has survived for forty years. I wanted to preserve the voices of those who came before, and hear the story of how they made this all happen. It’s been fun.”
We thank you Kenny, for your hard work and great attitude. You are a valuable part of this community.