In this feature, we gathered 16 young business owners in the food, farm or beverage industry that are establishing a brand in the FLX. We sent each one the same list of 10 questions. Below are their answers. We hope you enjoy learning about and supporting these local entrepreneurs!
Aaron Munzer & Kara Cusolito of Plowbreak Farm
1. First FLX beer or wine you had? Flower Power!
2. What’s your biggest challenge in being a young business owner in the FLX? Climate and weather related challenges — 7 inches of rain in a day, the wettest fall on record, or an historic 3 month drought.
3. What’s your favorite local comfort food after a long, day of hard work? Beers and roast beef sandwiches at Two Goats Brewing! It’s 2.7 miles from our farm, ask me how I know.
4. Favorite piece of business advice? Pick one thing and do it well.
5. Why do you run your business here? Strong local economy, supportive community, great quality of life!
6. Who’s your hero? Lou Johns and Robin Ostfeld, founders of Blue Heron Farm. Super innovative, profitable, hardworking farmers. And great people.
7. What did you want to be when you were a kid? Writers!
8. At what age do you think you will retire? Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
9. Describe yourself in 3 words. Fun, efficient and well-fed.
10. If you had to choose a completely new career, what would it be? Kara would be a journalist, Aaron would find a job where he could travel half the time and recreate half the time.
11. What would the book or movie about your life be titled? “It’s already March?!?!”
12. Favorite place to eat in the FLX? Hazelnut Kitchen.
13. Local businessperson who inspires you? Christina McKeough of Graft. Holds it down by herself in a tiny kitchen like a rockstar even with a full house. And that turkey liver pate, WOW.
A version of this article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of the magazine.