Meet Our Staff
Our people can give you that extra service and knowledge because we spend our resources to educate them.We offer education to the public, by true health professionals. We support Fair Trade products and implement that same concept within our organization, making a priority out of financially rewarding our staff fairly for the work they do for all of us.
Danielle spent almost 3 years cooking in the Natural Marketplace Organic Deli, serving fresh & healthy meals with a side of Holistic Health advice. Though she has a bachelor's degree in fine arts and minored in Psychology, Danielle admits she studied nutrition and natural health concepts all the while, implementing organic lifestyle changes herself, and supporting those in need of guidance around her. Danielle and her husband own a farm in Fauquier County where they raise grass finished beef cattle, free range chickens, grow organic produce, and strive to improve and increase their operation each year. They are also active participants of the John Marshall Water Conservation Program which improves the health of watersheds and natural wildlife habitats. Danielle aspires to create a Health and Wellness Retreat in the future, opening their farm to the public to provide educational and spiritually therapeutic workshops for the growing like-minded community.
Born in Culpeper, Virginia, and uprooted to New York state at the age of 9, Brandon grew up being artistic in any way he could find possible. After high school, he attended the State University of NY Delhi, and recieved his bachelors degree in Culinary Arts Management. After graduating something was calling him back to his home in Virginia. Landing a job in a fine dining restaurant in his home town of Culpeper, Brandon was able to gain a plethora of knowledge of the restaurant business outside of what he learned culinary school. After two and a half years there, he found himself wanting more out of his career, which is when he joined our family at The Natural Marketplace. Since coming here, Brandon has expanded his horizons and has mastered creating delicious and creative dishes, made from entirely organic and healthy ingredients. In Brandons free time, he enjoys spending time with his two dogs, and exploring nature.
Alex and her puppy Chalupa moved from Richmond to Fauquier County in August of 2015. As a new resident of Warrenton, Alex wandered into The Natural Marketplace one day and remembered feeling "right at home," when she entered our Organic Deli. She has been with us ever since! With a growing passion for organic cooking, Alex enjoys creating dishes that "just make you feel good." She has a specific heart for creating new, unique Vegan meals for our many vegan customers (and employees) and loves connecting on a personal level with everyone who enters our deli. In her free time, Alex enjoys longboarding, visiting micro-breweries, and hiking.
Seven years ago, Liz adopted alternative healing therapies to include meditation (for relaxation, mindfulness and pain management), yoga, acupuncture, regular exercise, and eating a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, in addition to an immune-supportive herbal and supplementation program. Prior to this, Liz spent many years working long hours in a corporate environment and later owning her own business, raising a family, and being the caretaker for more than a decade for a chronically ill family member when her body was relaying signals she no longer could ignore, largely brought on by the acute-on-chronic stress. For 15 years, she suffered from chronic migraines and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her mid-30s. One decade later, she was diagnosed with osteopenia and autoimmune disease. Liz now chooses a better, daily sustainable lifestyle, which has greatly improved her quality of life. While on her healing and wellness journey, Liz aspires to advocate for disease prevention by setting a good example through practicing multiple mind-body approaches and bringing health awareness to others in the community who also struggle with stress and health challenges. Liz and her family have resided in Fauquier County for 25 years. She enjoys organic gardening, preparing nourishing meals, meditating in nature, practicing yoga with her cat, Riley, and researching and writing about current nutrition and health studies and sustainable, healthy market trends, hanging out with her teenage son, Nathan, and taking regular walks with her Cairn terrier, Maggie.
In March 2015, Francesca Cabral joined our team as a Sales Associate after having recently moved to Fauquier County. Although born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Francesca has called Virginia home for the past 16 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Italian Literature from Vassar College and then went on to pursue a post-baccalaureate premedical degree from Columbia University. After working in the medical field for many years, she realized that holistic nutrition was the avenue to true and lasting health and it quickly became her passion in life. She greatly enjoys integrating her science background with her love of cutting edge nutrition research to help educate others on their path to wellness. In her spare time, Francesca also enjoys reading, birding, travelling, foreign languages, fashion, and discovering creative ways to eat healthy foods.
Miquela is a landscaper whose passion for plants and herbs led her to pursue a career in holistic health. She uses her knowledge of herbs and nutrition to combat a rare heart condition and host of other health conditions, and to help others with choosing the right supplements for their individual needs. This passion not only inspires her hope to open an apothecary one day, but also resonates with her Cherokee heritage: she is embarking on a journey to return to her roots through Native medicinal practices. Miquela also enjoys working out, running Spartan races, hiking, meditation, and collecting bones and rocks. She is a purveyor of black clothing and shiny things - you won't miss her!
Markteting & office manager
Lissy is the owner and baker of Pies + Petals, a boutique pie and floral company that delivers seasonal baked goods and custom designed bouquets throughout Northern VA and DC. When she's not pursuing her entrepreneurial endeavors, you'll find Lissy doing crosswords, drinking coffee, and enjoying time with her family in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains.