Lori Cochran

Who are you?

I am Lori Cochran-Dougall, Executive Director of the WFM, and local food enthusiast.

Why are you a part of the local food community?

I love food and community, and I see a direct correlation between a supporting our local food system and creating a strong and healthy community.

Why do you support WFM?  

Because of the support it brings to so many small and mid-sized farmers — both in and out of the market — and the small businesses in Fairfield County. And that’s only part of it. A farmers’ market is a place to learn, grow, talk and explore. It is fertile ground where we can come together to cultivate our community. WFM is about being REAL. Real food, real farmers, and real quality. That’s what we bring to the community

 What’s the freshest thing in your kitchen right now?  

My entire CSA box that just came from Sport Hill Farm. Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin: garlic scapes, escarole, lettuce and more lettuce. Ah, ‘tis the season!

If you could become a vegetable, which would you choose?  

Easy – an heirloom tomato. I would have character, wisdom and be loved for being round and juicy with wrinkles and a blemish or two. The flavor is best savored fresh, but preserving me would be easy and I could be enjoyed year round.