CEO & Founder
Ran is the CEO & Founder of Fresh City. He believes city farming can change the world by re-introducing all of us to how real food is made. Some of his formative childhood experiences include his grandmother’s stories about growing up on a Kibbutz, feeling democracy awaken in his childhood home of South Africa and his mom’s stuffed peppers. Ran has spoken on food issues before hundreds of audiences. Before founding Fresh City, Ran practiced investment law in New York City for several years.
Chief Operating Officer
Abra was Fresh City’s first employee, so through the years, she has worked on the farm, in the warehouse, at the order desk, and on occasion, behind the wheel of our delivery trucks! Today, as Chief Operating Officer, she oversees our kitchen, warehouse and buying teams, liaises between our farm and packing operations, and helps to develop our local- and organic-focused product lines.
Abra has extensive experience within city farming, having worked on such projects as Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture and the Metcalf Food Solutions paper “Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure,” and from her three years as a Producer Board Member with the West End Food Coop. She holds a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University, with a focus on urban agriculture, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto in architectural design and fine art history. Her personal mission is to reconnect people to food, field, and farmers, pushing local, organic, and healthy food forward in Ontario.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jenn joined Fresh City as Chief Marketing Officer in 2018. As a Mom of two young girls, she’s eager and passionate about making their world a healthier one to grow up in, as well as fueling their bodies with healthy and smart options. Jenn brings a breadth of marketing experience from her 15+ years leading marketing teams in the financial services industry. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, with a major in Marketing. On the weekends, she enjoys being active and spending time with her family.
Chief Production Officer
Mabel’s Bakery opened its doors on Roncesvalles in October of 2008. Having lived in the neighborhood for several years, owner Lorraine Hawley and her husband, Bob Warburton, noticed a need in the area for a shop that offered great tasting foods that are of high quality. With this in mind, Mabel’s chose to specialize in homestyle baked goods, prepared foods, ready meals and artisan breads and cheeses. Mabel’s uses only the highest quality ingredients, choosing local or organic options whenever possible, with no preservatives or artificial flavouring.
Now that Mabel's is part of the Fresh City family, Lorraine heads up our Production team for all of our delicious house made products! It's pretty sweet having Lorraine on our team :)