Meet The Team

Amanda Strong

Regional Manager

15 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Over the last 15 years, Amanda has built many relationships with those she works with. She enjoys using her education background to help her employees and other managers grow and succeed in the work environment! Success is not new to Amanda though, as she was our very first Corn Stacking Champion. Witten’s has impacted Amanda’s life in more ways than one since Witten’s is her first and only job; “I never imagined I would go through college to get my degree for my dream job as being a teacher, but I fell in love with working at Witten’s and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else in life. They have shown me what a positive, family oriented workplace is. I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to work for such an amazing business.” She enjoys spending her time outside of work with her friends and family. If you ask this West Virginia Mountaineer what her favorite produce is, she is sure to tell you “Sweet Corn! It will always be Sweet Corn!”

Katie Barret

Regional Manager

17 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Katie is a Jack-of-all-Trades, she has worked managing the farm markets, planting in the greenhouse, marketing in the office, and baking in our bakery. No matter what the task, she is always up for the challenge. Katie is one fiery redhead, who is a powerful force of nature, with a personality that packs a punch. Everything she does is done with passion and has a positive twist, Katie never takes anything too seriously! Her favorite part of her job is “watching people grow, seeing the younger staff become more mature, developing a strong work ethic, becoming part of a team, and seeing many rise as leaders!” Katie enjoys spending her time outside of work with her two little girls and her family. Her favorite item is our Sweet Georgia Peaches, she says “they speak to my soul!”

Cassy Lee

Regional Manager

5 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

After studying Communication at Ohio Northern University, Cassy quickly put her skills to good use as regional manager for our farm markets. If you would ask her to describe her job title, she would describe it as “Talking to people all day, every day and showing up at random markets!” Witten’s has truly impacted her life, “I feel so blessed to have found a job that I love, where I feel valued, and continually learn new things.” Cassy’s favorite part of her job is “watching the teams bond and grow together.”

Cassy and her family are very passionate about cooking. Her favorite homegrown items are tomatoes and sweet corn – but do not make her choose, she won’t be able to! Outside of work, you can find Cassy enjoying time with her dog, Pepper, and watching any and all musicals.

 

 

Kyler Bandy

Farm Market Manager

5 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Kyler graduated with a degree in Musical Arts and minor in Audio Engineering where he was able to travel on tour and meet people from around the world. Kyler’s free spirit is obvious in the fact that some of his best memories are from his ten day trip to Europe, where him and his group went with the flow, without any real agenda. Kyler’s favorite part of his job is his coworkers and “our combined goal of making great teams and a great experience for the team and customers!” His favorite Witten memory is “winning the corn staking competition! It was my first season competing and I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, we had a blast strategizing and hustling to get it done.” Witten’s has impacted his life “there is so much that I’ve learned working at Witten’s. It’s hard to put into words, it really is so much more than a summer job, for me it has become a real pillar in my life. It’s great work, great friends, and fulfilling from start to finish!” He spends his time outside of work on his family’s vineyard. Kyler’s favorite show, hands down, is The Office and his favorite homegrown item are our blackberries!

 

 

Brooke Booth

Farm Market Manager

7 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

From growing up on a farm, to working at Witten’s, Brooke’s hard-work, dedication, and determination shines through with everything she does. She knows “You have to have a strong mindset and work ethic to don the red Witten shirt!” Her favorite part of her job is “the sense of accomplishment I feel after putting in a hard day’s work. It’s amazing to see just how much we achieve in a single day when we all work together.” Brooke’s favorite Witten memory is from her very first day, she was underdressed and did not have an extra jacket, “Julie Witten was there that day and could see I was cold, so she offered her fleece jacket to me and I eagerly accepted!” Witten’s has “shown the value and importance of teamwork and how that in turn produces respect and camaraderie. It’s also shown me how much fun a job can be and that I work with and for an amazing group of talented individuals.” Brooke’s favorite homegrown item is the Golden Raspberries! Brooke’s talents go beyond her work ethic, it expands to her creative realm where she captures the true beauty with her photography and writing.  

Dee Dee Eneix

Farm Market Manager

7 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Her husband and children will surely tell you that Dee Dee has a vibrant personality! She “absolutely loves people and cares about everyone.” At work she enjoys being with customers and getting everyone excited for Witten’s newest products. A fun fact about Dee Dee is she has 9 siblings! Her favorite memory is unloading three back to back flower trucks at the Vienna market – the team took a picture on the bench exhausted after all the hard work! Dee Dee cannot choose just one favorite homegrown item, she loves the sweet corn, tomatoes, and cantaloupes. A few fun facts about Dee Dee is she has 9 siblings, she crotchets and creates diamond art!

Dawn Nichols

Farm Market Manager

11 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Dawn’s passion is people. She never knows a stranger and has a gift of finding everyone’s sparkle (ya know, the thing that makes someone light up)! Her favorite part of her job is the relationships she builds with the customers and the staff. Witten’s has impacted Dawn’s life “I love working for Witten’s, the farm, work family, the customers, and the opportunity to provide healthy eating. It is such a positive atmosphere (well, maybe not in severe storms).” Dawn’s favorite memory of Witten’s is “the Derecho of 2012, stuck there was no electricity for nearly a week. Since the markets do not depend on electricity, we were one of the only businesses open. A local cake shop had to empty their freezer and gave me small cakes to pass out to customers. The customers were so happy checking out, then I’d surprise them with a cake. It was a welcomed treat during a stressful time!” Dawn’s favorite homegrown item is the tomatoes. She enjoys her time outside of work with her friends and family, and walking her dogs. Dawn also teaches preschool and is a proud mom of two wonderful kids. 

Courtney Braglin

Farm Market Manager

10 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

If you ask Courtney to write her own job title, she would say “Witten Sponsor!” Courtney has always been a top supporter for our Witten’s Olympics. Witten’s has impacted her life “I have gained so much more confidence because they have confidence in me. I have gained a second family whom I will love forever!” 

Courtney’s favorite part of her job is getting to build people up, knowing she is helping individuals gain skills that will last a lifetime! When she is not working at the market, she stays busy with her children and watching Marvel movies. If Courtney has to choose her favorite homegrown item it would be tomatoes – she eats them like an apple! 

 

Madison Hardwick

Farm Market Manager

9 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

When Madison is not leading her teams to having a beautiful wagon, she is leading them to become hardworking and compassionate people! As her first job right out of high school, Madison has continued to grow and love what she does here at the farm, “I was quiet and shy before and now I can’t stop talking!” Her favorite part of her job is “the level of connection we have with our customers and how passionate our customers are about our products!” Madison’s favorite homegrown items are sweet corn and strawberries. She loves working at Witten’s because “we are family, I even started working with my sister which has created great memories and now I have my daughter who will get to experience it all one day!” Madison enjoys spending her time outside of work with her family and friends. The most adventurous thing she has ever done was SkyDiving twice! 

Diane Evans

Farm Market Manager

4 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Diane is known for her genuine, caring, and peaceful personality that connects her with her team and customers! Her favorite part of her job is the “satisfaction felt when our produce makes a difference.” Witten’s has impacted her life “I found a place I could connect with my rural roots in a city atmosphere and morphed into something so much larger. I find personal growth as I’m stretched every year to deepen my interpersonal skills. I’m more creative and willing to try new skills without holding back because I know I can grow just like our crops and staff.” Diane learns from life experiences of others and treasures the time she gets to engage in conversations like that. She enjoys spending her time outside of work finding peace within her flower and vegetable gardens and with her husband and her two year old daughter, who is about to be a big sister! Diane’s favorite homegrown item is blackberries. 

 

Colleen Robinson

Bakery Manager at

Smith Farm Market

8 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Colleen is the Ringmaster of a Sweet Tooth Circus! As our bakery manager, it is no surprise that Colleen’s favorite part of her job is “testing new recipes and getting my team’s feedback so we can bring new treats to our customers!” She described the impact Witten’s has had on her life as “I have met so many amazing people and made lifelong friends. I’ve spent 8 years growing and changing alongside them, just as our company keeps growing and welcoming new members to our many teams. I am lucky to be involved in teaching so many people about our passions and helping them reach their goals.” Colleen’s favorite Witten memory is the giant Slip’n’Slide party at the end of a season, where our very own Julie Witten was the one who went down the slide most! Colleen enjoys her time outside of the bakery watching true crime documentaries, knitting and crocheting, and spending time in the garden. Be sure to check out all of her sweet creations at Smith Farm Market! 

Abby Holstine

Produce Manager at

Smith Farm Market

3 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

(but actually 23)

Abby has been a part of Witten’s for 23 years, as she is an actual Witten herself. She graduated from Purdue University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. After college, Abby came to the Witten Farm to work with her Aunt Julie, Uncle Tom, and Uncle Scott, where “they have truly made me fall in love with the hard work and the long hours that this job requires.” She realized from a young age “this job is much bigger than myself, we have the opportunity to touch and connect with so many lives and families.” Abby’s favorite part of her job is being around customers and making connections with them. When Abby is not working, she loves to travel around the world, she has even snorkeled in underground caves in the Dominican Republic! Sweet corn is basically a part of the Witten’s DNA, so it is no surprise that sweet corn is Abby’s favorite homegrown item. Abby is getting married in April 2022!  

Jenni Cunningham

Marketing/Artist / Flower Fanatic

13 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

This charismatic, flower-loving gal is a stranger to no one! Jenni’s love of people shines through in her work. A former Fenton Glass painter, Jenni oozes creativity, which can be seen in our marketing and her flower gardens at home. She is all about the people; whether she is with customers or her coworkers, she is always invested in those around her. Jenni is not only a pillar in the community but she is also a pillar to our Vienna market, where she has managed for 10  years before she transitioned into her current role, bringing personality to our Facebook and Instagram pages. Her favorite memory of Witten’s is “the Farm Tour when Lucy (the famous basset hound) walked through the crowd of employees like Mufasa with a dead baby groundhog in her mouth to drop it at Tom’s feet. I thought Tom was going to cry. He was so proud of her! Priceless!” 

Sandy Merrill

Special Events Coordinator

16 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Over the years, Sandy has worn many hats for our farm. She started at the Southside market, became manager, then regional manager, and is now our Special Events Coordinator for our Taste of Witten’s and Farm to Table Dinner events. Sandy has a lot of experience, creativity, and a wealth of knowledge that shines through in all of our events. Her favorite Witten memory is the “comradery of working at the wagon in the heat and rain, while bonding with the people you work with, and watching everyone, and the company itself, grow to their highest potential!” When Sandy is not planning to make the most of our events for our customers, she enjoys spending her time in her garden, cooking, and sewing! She has been spending her time testing recipes for our upcoming cookbook. 

 

Nicki Vannoy

Office Manager

4 Years Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

When Nicki is not holding down the fort in our office, she is going on an adventure with her husband and two teenage boys! She enjoys being outdoors at her home, whether that’s with her chickens, gardening, or gathering with friends and family. Nicki’s favorite part of her job is the change that comes with the seasons here at Witten’s, “the office tasks change every 3 to 4 months. How could anybody get bored with a job like that? I love it!” 

Witten’s has impacted her life, “It’s amazing how much the Witten’s care for their employees. They bring us into their lives, farm, and treat us as family. The passion they have for the business and what they do is just so contagious that it’s hard not to feel the same passion as they do.” Nicki’s favorite homegrown item is sweet corn – more specifically, the obsession variety!

 

Shelbi Worstell

Accounts Payable

11 Year Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

Not many people can say they love to clean and organize things, but for Shelbi, this is a great way to spend her free time. When she is not organizing at our office and taking care of her administrative tasks, she can be found at local auctions, yard sales, and volunteering as an EMT in our community. Shelbi’s official title is Accounts Payable – Administrative Assistant, but she is really a Jack of all Trades! Since she has been with us for 11 years, she knows the ropes of all of the jobs around the farm and jumps in when needed. Her dedication to Wittens is immense, she rises with the sun and is one of the first ones to arrive at the farm each morning. Shelbi has been our neighbor all of her life, growing up on her family’s potato farm right next door (hey, neighbor!)

 

Lori King

Administrative Assistant

1 Year Livin’ the Red Shirt Dream

The impact Lori has made in the past year is tremendous and she is just getting started! From her very first day in the chaos of flower season, Lori fit right in, going along with the flow. Lori is known as the “Mother Hen” of the office, her thoughtfulness and kindness does not go unnoticed, she always makes sure everyone has exactly what they need. Her bright, feisty, cheerful personality makes the office such a fun environment to work in! Since Lori is in charge of payroll, it is no surprise that she is everyone’s favorite person. You can find Lori spending her time outside work on her farm with family, back road Ranger riding with her puppy and her husband, and spending time with her grandkids! By the way she talks, you can definitely tell her love for her kids and grandkids, she is always so proud of them. Her favorite homegrown item is the very berry delicious strawberries. 

 

Our Farm Market Team

 

“Best, friendliest, and helpful employees! Engaging in conversation! Such a joy to see young people enjoying their workplace!”

– Kathryn Parsons

Although they are not pictured here individually, we would like to give a huge shoutout the 100+ seasonal farm market team members that make the Witten Farm Market a great place to work and shop.  They are the heart and soul of our business. Every day of the season, you can find them picking out the perfect melons for our customers, stacking bags of corn on the wagon and helping our customers carry their purchases to the car.  While the weather they work in is ever-changing, there is one thing that is constant: they always have a welcoming smile on their face. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated team of young adults. Their personalities and passions are so diverse, but they always come together to create outstanding teams.  We love working with this generation – it keeps us young!

Our Farm Crew

We can’t forget to mention the guys that make it all happen behind the scenes.  Our crew of 45 migrant laborers are the backbone of our farm. Without them, nothing we do would be possible.  Each year, they are permitted to come work on the farm through the H-2A Program established by the U.S. Department of Labor.  This program gives them a temporary work visa that allows them to work in the United States for four to six months each year. Most of our migrant crew is from El Salvador and Mexico and have participated in the program for over eight years.  They come here to work through the summer so they can send money to their families back home. Once the season is over, they return home. 

The work ethic and dedication of this crew is beyond compare. They spend long hours in the heat planting, weeding, harvesting and packaging our fresh produce.  Some people worry that they are taking our jobs here in the U.S., but they are not. In order to participate in this program, we must advertise for these job positions in the local community and other areas around the U.S. first, but year after year, there is little to no interest. We are so thankful to have such a hard-working crew beside us to keep the farm growing.

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