Fredericksburg Market Manager

 

Mike and Gayle

Mike and Gayle

Market managers Gayle Price and Mike Morrelli can be reached by phone or email.

 

Gayle Price grew up on farms in Arkansas and Central Virginia, and is a graduate of Mary Washington College. As a sales representative for a popular yearbook company, she worked with local schools, students, and teachers for eleven years producing quality, award-winning yearbooks. Her strong sales and marketing background and event management skills, combined with her farm upbringing and a love of local food, make her a great fit for the Farmers Market team. Her primary goal is to ensure healthy, local eating that benefits both families as consumers, and farmers as vendors. Teaching people to cook for their families, expanding the city markets, and reaching underserved food areas is her long-term goal. Gayle is also a writer whose articles have been featured in Flavor Magazine and other local publications, and author of several blogs. She has also worked as a market vendor. When she’s not at the market, she’s searching out her next great meal. Gayle lives in Fredericksburg with her family and pets and can often be found in the garden.

Mike Morrelli was raised on a small family farm in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. As the son of a farmer, he learned to plant, irrigate, cultivate, and harvest crops. What started out as a college summer job turned into a career with the US Department of Agriculture as a fresh fruit and vegetable inspector.  He inspected fresh produce in farmer’s fields, packing houses and in the receiving markets at various locations throughout the US. His accomplishments include working with the industry to develop the first US grade standards for Pistachio Nuts in the Shell, implementation of audit based food quality inspection programs in packing operations and working in partnership with the California leafy greens industry to develop audit-based programs for safe food handling practices at the farm level.  Prior to retiring in June 2011, he worked as the national leader of the USDA  fresh fruit and vegetable inspection program in Washington. His major interest  for the future is to help farmers and consumers come together at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market for a bit of fun and for ready access to farmer produced food items, including Honey, Nuts, Seafood, Dairy Products, Breads and Pastries, along with fresh Fruits and Vegetables.