Allison Cook has been named market director at Memphis Farmers Market. Cook brings her marketing and business management experience to the position, and also has volunteered at the market and its Harvest Celebration fundraisers for three years.
Hometown: North Little Rock, Ark.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Hendrix College
Work Experience: I’ve worked in marketing for the last several years, and before that, I was a senior editor with a home design magazine for many years.
Family: Husband, Christopher; dog, Grace; and cat, Porter
Favorite quote: “No Farms No Food”
Last book read: “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
Favorite music: I’m a public radio nerd. I listen to NPR a lot.
Favorite movie: Does “Back to the Future” ever get old? I think not. I’m still waiting for my hoverboard, too.
Sports team: After living in Memphis for several years, I have to say the Grizzlies.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: In nice weather, I enjoy riding my vintage Schwinn cruiser along the riverfront. I also volunteer my time at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I’m a member of the St. Jude Women’s Club, and I’m a Helping Hands volunteer.
What talent would you like to have? I would like to be able to whistle. No matter how I try, I just can’t make a sound!
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother and my grandmother have had the greatest influence on me. They are both very strong women with big hearts, and I hope some of that has rubbed off on me.
What attracted you to the Memphis Farmers Market? I volunteered at the Memphis Farmers Market the past three years. I often worked the information table, but also put in some time at the coffee cart. I’m very passionate about eating locally grown foods and getting to know your farmers. I found the Memphis Farmers Market to be filled with such wonderful people – and delicious products – that I just couldn’t stay away. It is such an important asset to Downtown Memphis, and I’m thrilled to now work for an organization for which I’m already so passionate.
What are your goals as the new market director? The Memphis Farmers Market has seen tremendous growth over the past several years, and that is thanks to the support of the farmers, the volunteers and the Memphis community. I want to continue to foster these relationships and grow the public’s awareness of our vendors and their amazing products. I believe that supporting our local farmers betters our entire community.
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