Q – #1 So @FoxyFalafel (Erica), what was life like growing up in South Dakota? Did you live in town or have acres?
Erica: I grew up on the farm on a river with acreage. A great way to grow up and I’m very thankful for that!
Q – #2 So did you raise animals? If so, which ones did you have? What made you decide to go to school in NY?
Erica: We raised pigs till I was in Jr. High and my grandparents who lived 5 miles from us raised cattle and chickens.
It was always fun to have animals around. We learned the circle of life at a young age. We had cats and dogs too.
I decided to go to NYC b/c I found the @nutritionschool (Institute for Integrative Nutrition)#bestfit
The founder of the @naturalgourmet Anne Marie Colbin spoke at @nutritionschool and I was hooked!
The @naturalgourmet was founded on the principle that what we eat affects our physical, mental and spiritual well-being
Q – #3 For those that missed your video on http://www.youtube.com/JoelECarlson, how did you come to learn about the making of Falafels?
Erica: After culinary school I worked w/ an israeli chef for 2 years. I learned middle eastern and Mediterranean flavors
And the art of falafels!
Q – #4 So when did you start making Falafels in Minnesota and start prepping the sauces that you would bring to markets?
Erica: Foxy debuted last summer at @kingfieldmarket All the sauces and pickled items started then too, but has grown since.
Q – #5 Besides @kingfieldmarket, where else can you be found, and what’s the “Smoothie workout”?
Erica: Pedal Powered Smoothies & Kombucha @MCFarmersMkt Blender attached to a bike. You can pedal your own!
Q – #6 So what options does a person have when the order a falafel?
Erica: Curry, Beet, or Foxy Falafel w/ hummus & seasoned cabbage in a pita topped w/ cukes & tomatoes. Your choice of sauces
Sauces are Cucumber Mint Yogurt, Green Tahini, Spicy Harissa and Amba (pickled mango) sauce
Lots of pickles too! Baby bell peppers, onions, cauliflower, hot peppers, banana peppers, dill pickles
Q – #7 Tell us more about yourself. FAVORITE(S) Restaurant, store, comfort food, recent book or blog, herb/spice.
Erica: Love @namastecafe, just tried Bachelor Farmer. Yummy
Really enjoying stewed meats and warming comfort food as it gets colder.
Q – #8 You can share a few of them. :) What are your plans for the future with your business?
Erica: Future plans are to keep on feeding people delicious food! More to come so watch twitter for details!
Q – #9 So how much longer will your falafels be available to the public? What’s the Foxy-Falafel season? :)
Erica: @kingfieldmarket ends October 30th. You can get the falafels there and then stay tuned for winter events/distribution!
The farmers market season typically runs from the end of May till the end of October.
I do caterings too so people can feel free to contact me for events!
@JoelECarlson That’s awesome Erica! Thanks so much for you time and comments today. A video of how Falefels are made will be out soon!
Erica: Thank you Joel! So much fun to meet you! I hope you have a great day! Come and eat a falafel anytime!