Kira Proper

What is your role at the Store?

I’m the Produce Buyer so I’m responsible for all things produce at the store. I place orders, oversee the produce staff, make sure everything is priced correctly, and set up great-looking displays.

What is your current favorite product at the Store?

I know I should pick something from my department and if we currently had local strawberries in stock, that would be my choice. But since that season is over in NY for this year, I think my favorite thing is the fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter. It’s not something I can find anywhere else, and it’s more fun than regular peanut butter when I spread it on a rice cake or celery as a snack.

When you’re not at the Farm Store, what do you do?

I enjoy spending time with my husband Clint (also a Hawthorne Valley employee) and our two dogs, Bianca and Spencer. Besides that, I run about 20 miles a week, maintain a lifestyle blog, and I love cooking, baking, and crafting.

If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

Dragon fruit. I might look a little intimidating on the outside or maybe not come off as the most-friendly person when you first meet me, but on the inside I’m mostly sweet and just a little bit sour.

 If you could snap your fingers and solve one of the challenges of our time, what would it be and why?

I’d replace all the single-use plastic with a sustainable and compostable material. Plastic is everywhere and despite my best efforts to remove it from my life, I still throw out something plastic every day.

Janetti, R