Jeremy Buggy, Lead Grocery Buyer
Jeremy Buggy was born in Phoenix, and spent part of his childhood in California. At the age of 12, however, he and his family moved to the town of Palmer in Alaska.
Three years later, he had his first farming experience. “I got a job on a farm called, optimistically, Gold Nugget Farm. It was a vegetable operation and we raised all kinds, including brassicae, which the moose just love. They would walk down a row of cabbages, taking one bite out of each head! Very frustrating, especially when your growing season is only 4 months long.”
At age 17, Jeremy started working in the Three Bears Grocery in Palmer. That’s were he got his start in grocery retail. He continued his career path back in Phoenix where he went to study to become a priest. “The monastery was pretty expensive,” he remembers. “So I got a job at Whole Foods, managing the cashiers. That’s where I met Julia, who worked in the supplement department, and I changed my mind about becoming a priest!”
They were married in 2011 and today are parents of two beautiful daughters, Amara, age 3, and Rayna, age 1-1/2.
The family came to Sequim in 2013. Jeremy got a job at Nash’s Farm Store in the produce department, but he missed the actual farming, so in 2014 he joined the field crew and from June to December he transplanted, weeded, harvested and packed produce. But the Farm Store needed his skills so he returned there last winter. Currently, he is the Lead Buyer and our expert on the POS system (cash register computer program). He also anchors the Capitol Hill Farmers Market for Nash’s farm every Sunday. Julia is an inspiring yoga teacher and teaches at the YMCA, SARC, for the Jamestown Tribe, and locally in Dungeness.
Away from the farm, Jeremy and his family love being in the mountains and by the Dungeness River. Jeremy also loves playing baseball he plays for the Peninsula Baseball League as pitcher and first baseman.