Katie Myhre, founder of RED Market, is fixated on finding customers for the best food grown and made in our regions. She has worked with and for food entrepreneurs and farmers from business launch to scaling their business — all with the goal of supporting growth of the little guys and the best tasting food.
Katie has managed commercial kitchen space and led a food business incubator, supporting entrepreneurs with early stage strategy and market opportunities.
She is an advocate for the use of collective marketplaces, online and in person. In addition to managing farmers markets in Minneapolis, she is the founder and operator of RED Market, an online platform formerly focused on serving farmers selling wholesale to metro restaurants.
In 2019, Katie was selected out of 120 applicants to receive the Finnovation Fellowship and subsequent 9 months of funding from the Bush Foundation for her work building markets that work for small farms and food makers.
Katie Myhre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218 721 2453
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Libby Wyrum, founder of F&E Marketplace, her current work is centered on developing micro-economies for food and farmers in the Upper Midwest. She works to empower these communities through in person farmer’s markets and retail pop-ups; tapping smart technology and fun promotions. Frank & Ernest Marketplace’s innovative multi-vendor online platform is an important outcrop of her work. Frank & Ernest Foods is the B2B partner to F&E Marketplace.
Libby worked for Gardens of Eagan, a 125-acre certified organic vegetable farm in Northfield, Minnesota, where she focused on customer diversification and business development. Her other work includes serving as a consultant with Grassroots Solutions where her clients included: Minnesota Public Radio, the City of Detroit, and the AFL-CIO. Before this she worked with the Minnesota House of Representatives as a Committee Administrator and managed a $2 billion multi-departmental budget process.
Libby's career started in nonprofit organizing, system’s advocacy, grant management, and volunteer coordination. She attended the University of Minnesota, and majored in Anthropology, Psychology and Gender Studies. She was a Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs.
Libby is both a master gardener and certified permaculturist. Libby lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul with a dog and a remarkably creative, funny husband.
Katie and Libby have collaborated since 2017, and are great friends. Both consider themselves earnest and frank.
Libby Wyrum, email@example.com, 612 867 0854