We want you to meet our team! Each manager plays their part to help Pemberton Farms run smoothly and be filled with all the amazing products you love! Scroll through the list and read about some of your favorite managers and get to know them better!
I have no previous experiences! I began working at Pemberton Market under the guidance of my father in 1965, and I am the current owner. Growing my business has given me the opportunity to serve my community and connect with our customers. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that someone had a positive experience with our staff, or was excited to find a specialty product. I equally appreciate the diversity, creativity and seasonality of our different departments, and I am driven by the endless possibilities we can present our customers. During my free time, I am with my wife Denna, our three dogs and four children. I enjoy the gym, spending time on the water boating, tennis, ballroom dancing, sunshine and being thankful for every day!
In February 2007, I joined Pemberton Marketplace alongside my husband Tom, his father Leo, and brother Mark. I have aimed to provide a fresh perspective and revamp our family business by expanding marketing, event planning, local products and customer service. While also enhancing our fresh deli, catering and breakfast menus. I developed my passion and standards for quality service through an extensive career in the corporate world, beginning at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead Atlanta’s food and beverage division. Next, I managed cosmetics, women’s shoes and jewelry for several years at Dayton Hudson Marshall Fields, and headed to Ralph Lauren and Lancôme as a co-op account manager. I eventually moved to New York, where I ran two different districts for Victoria's Secret Beauty. My final adventure as a district manager for Ethan Allen brought me to Boston, where I ran six stores and the warehouse. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and friends, playing tennis, ballroom dancing with my husband, tending to our chickens and three dogs, cooking, gardening, boating and fishing.
Garden Center Manager
Growing up in this family business has provided me with a lifetime of joy and wonderful experiences. From the early days of working as a child along side my father Leo to the days in college, to today, Pemberton has been my second home. Much has changed during that time yet much is the same. Relationships, customer service, selection and quality remain the key to a successful business. A simple rule I have lived by is try to treat others as I would like to be treated. Now in my 25th year of being here full time; the love, passion and commitment for what I do remains the same and it now gives me great joy to watch our children, the 4th generation, join in the business like we did with our dad a long time ago.
I am a member of the 4th generation of Pemberton Farms and literally grew up in the business. I started stocking shelves and ringing the registers at a young age and continued to work in all departments of the store through high school. I studied consumer science at the University of Alabama which helped shape my passion for retail. From there I moved to Boulder, CO and worked for the grocery chain Sprouts Farmers Market, holding numerous positions including store manager for 2 years. I have been full time at Pemberton since May 2018 and am currently the stores General Manager. In my free time, you can find me with my partner Jamie and our dog Maurice either hiking, camping, skiing or spending time with friends and family.
Assistant to the General Manager
I am a 4th generation member of Pemberton Farms that joined the family business in the midst of the pandemic. In March 2020, I began personal shopping in between my Zoom classes as a Special Education Teacher and full time over the summer. I loved working alongside my family members and ultimately decided that my heart was fully invested in Pemberton Farms. I’m currently busy learning new aspects of the business every day! In my free time, you can find me relaxing at home, cooking, walking around the Middlesex Fells and playing with my adorable and mischievous dog Tater.
Assistant General Manager
Hi, I'm Forest Miller! I am the Assistant General Manager here at Pemberton Farms. I started my journey at the store in Summer 2018 as the Produce Manager, and recently grew into my new position- now overseeing Produce, Meat & Seafood, and our Front-End Cashiers. At heart, I'm just an ole grocery boy from the cornfields of Iowa. I got my first job bagging groceries and stocking shelves at the age of 14 in my hometown natural foods store. Fast forward through 11 years and 4 different stores, and here I am! I've worked in nearly all departments, and my passions lie within fresh Produce and Meat & Seafood. However, what I truly love most about this business is the customers. I love making connections with people and connecting them to the delicious food we work with. For me, that's what it's all about. In my free time I enjoy weightlifting, singing, cooking, and tending to my house plants.
My name is Scott Kendall and I am the Beer/Spirits buyer for Pemberton Farms. I have been working here since December of 1981. I enjoy interacting with customers and sourcing new products for the store. In my free time I love spending time with family and friends, as well as watching sports!
I'm Jon Kruger, the Wine Manager. I graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Psychology and with minors in Philosophy and Sociology. After spending a few years living in San Francisco I returned home to Cambridge.
I found my passion for wine as the Wine Buyer down the street in Porter Square and continued as Wine Buyer and General Manager at several stores in the Boston area. I have refocused my love of wine here at Pemberton and look forward to helping you find the perfect wine for any occasion.
Outside of work I watch a lot of movies and listen to various film related podcasts. You will often find me on the dance floor, genre doesn't matter as long as it's live. I follow all local sports with Celtics being my main love, but with the success of all our teams there is more than enough love to go around.
Lead Grocery Buyer
My name is Gwen and I have been working at Pemberton Farms for three years as a buyer. I have a “you are what you eat” focus on functional foods and work to fill our store with life enhancers, better beverages, energy boosting snacks, and local clean eats. I am a chocaholic, wine enthusiast, cheese monger, and runner! I have an incredible sense of trends and am able to get the into our store and on your tables quickly! Before I started working here I was a Chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood, CA and a teaching Chef at LA Foodworks.
Speciality Cheese Manager
I am a quirky cheese nerd raised by Italians in Philadelphia. I can say that food, eating, gathering people and making people happy has been a part of my life since I was a child. Now, as a cheesemonger, I am lucky to be given the platform to find and support agriculture in a meaningful way, resulting in a selection of beautiful products that nurture and nourish our customers, their friends and their families. My favorite moments are when I make the first cut into a wheel of cheese. All the efforts in making that cheese lead to this moment. To share it with others and help them see the magic in that moment is one of the most satisfying parts of my job. In my free time I am still thinking a lot about cheese and all things delicious, feeding them to people I love as much as possible. I also study classical guitar and spend lots of time outside as a dog nanny to a beautiful pack of pooches. Libraries, the forest and concert halls are my happy places.
Hello! I am Dennis Ruiz, the Outsourcing and Natural Pet Food Buyer at Pemberton Marketplace. I also help out with expanding the options for folks seeking out gluten-free, nut-free, organic, and other specialized offerings, as well as everyone’s favorite indulgence—the chocolate section. I’ve been a member of the Pemberton family since the spring of 2015, but I’ve been in the food industry for roughly 7 years, including stints at different retail stores and coffee shops around Cambridge. Since I’m a supporter of local, organic, and sustainable products, one of the best things about working at Pemberton is being able to connect and talk with our customers and learn about the food they want to eat. I’m currently in school pursuing a bachelor’s in business administration, and in my spare time I love to cook and eat different types of food, drink sprinkling (rose!) wine, enjoy time with my partner and friends, explore new places, and spoil my dog, Bean. If you see me walking around, please don’t hesitate to ask me about anything from dog food to dark chocolate, I’m here to help you!
Meat and Seafood Manager
My name is Seabert and I have been working at Pemberton Farms since 1999. I began as the produce manager and am currently the meat and seafood manager, which allows me to engage with all out customers which I love to do. I’ve been working in food retail for over 20 years. I started working at the meat department in a local supermarket in Cambridge and then I moved to the Harvest Food Coop, where I held the position of meat manager for ten years. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and spending time with my wife and kids.
Hi, my name is Jesse Colantonio and I am the Deli Manager here at Pemberton Farms. I started here in the summer of 2020 as an assistant manager in the deli and moved my way up. My background is in baking and pastry arts and hospitality which I was doing for ten years, but had to pivot my career due to Covid. I found myself at Pemberton and couldn’t be happier! I love meeting all the customers and hearing what everyone enjoys. I look forward to a busy day waiting on customers and providing great service. I am looking forward to the future of the deli and coming up with new menu items to keep everyone excited. If you haven’t tried any of our made to order sandwiches, salads, and bowls I highly recommend you do. In my spare time I enjoy a quiet day at home with my two cats, my dog, and a lovely glass of riesling.
Born and raised in San Diego, I first ventured into bakeries at the bakeshop at San Diego State University while attending Grossmont College culinary school in La Mesa. I then remained on the West Coast as the head baker at Bob’s Well Bread in Los Alamos, before moving to Boston to be the head baker at Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34, where I created breads and pastries for the restaurants, as well as supplied the kitchens and guests at Eastern Standard, The Hotel Commonwealth, and The
Hawthorne. I then started at Pemberton Farms in August of 2020 in the wine department and shopping for our delivery and curbside pickup customers.
I am constantly learning, testing, adapting and adopting new recipes, and excited to be baking fresh bread and pastries every day.
Gift Basket Manager
My name is Deneb Luangoudom and I began working for Pemberton Farms at the start of 2021 in the Gift Division. My work background includes over 15 years in a corporate environment as operations support. In my free time I like to be active in all kinds of sports and activities. Traveling, cycling, hiking, bowling, and volleyball are just some of the things I love to do.
One of my proudest moment is when I completed a solo bike ride across America, from Boston to Santa Monica in 2020. The journey took 75 days, crossing 12 states, and exactly 3,333 miles. I biked through all sorts of weather conditions and terrains. I met so many wonderful people along the way. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I am the on the go type of person who loves an adventure and believe that an active life is a happy life. A body in motion will stay in motion.
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