René has been the market manager of Ellisville Community Farmer’s Market since it’s conception in Spring of 2010. The Ellisville market was one of the first in the St Louis area to have a Little Sprouts kid’s program and kid’s market tent. The market venue in Bluebird Park is a real asset to the community as it is located adjacent to the community pool, tennis courts, playgrounds and amphitheater.
René along with her husband George became market managers of the Wildwood Farmers Market in 2013. In one season, the Saturday morning market evolved into a producer only market, grew from 9 vendor’s to 25 and added 2 holiday indoor markets in November and December. They are looking forward to starting their second season at Wildwood in 2014.
René and George support the local food movement in and out of their home. They are members of Slow Food St Louis chapter, the Missouri Mycological Society, AgriMissouri, the Missouri Organic Association as well as the Missouri Farmer’s Market Association. René and George enjoy visiting and sharing meals with local farmers and friends preparing local, farm fresh food. They enjoy visiting farmers markets when they travel to various cities in the U.S.