Episode 25 - Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke
Jaquelyn Fernandez Reike has been the owner of Nutty Steph's,for the past 14 years. Born and raised in Suburban Chicago, Jacqueline made her way east after college. Spending a bit of time in Baltimore, she ultimately landed in central Vermont where she’s been ever since.
From the Nutty Steph’s website you can find their mission – “Nutty Steph’s is a small-but-mighty organization comprised of dedicated and creative people unified to inspire a more delicious world. Since 2003, Nutty Steph’s has hand-crafted it’s products with the highest quality, GMO-Free ingredients to ensure that our treats are always the tastiest they can be. We employ individuals with exacting standards and highly sensitive palates, working in harmony to produce exceptional granola, chocolate and confections”.
In addition to owning Nutty Steph’s, Jaquelyn and her husband own Onion River Campground, where visitors can simply camp for a lovely evening by the river or host fantastic parties for friends and families. For the past three years the Onion River Campground has hosted Weirdofest, which is quickly becoming a Vermont tradition.
Jaquelyn is currently transitioning Nutty Steph’s to a worker owned coop. Her dedication to people and community can be found in the pledge at the bottom of her emails...
“I pledge my commitment to personal reflection and assessment of my conduct as I strive to do my part to build a more civil society – one in which each person is respected and public and political discourse are aimed at the betterment of our communities, our state, and our nation. I will respect other’s rights who hold different opinions, strive to understand differing perspectives; avoid rhetoric that humiliates and belittles others; speaks out against incivility, and acts to promote respect for all people”.