Monika Woolsey, Hip Veggies Founder, Has Passed Away

September 27, 2017 - garden totes

Monika Woolsey, purebred dietitian and owner of Hip Veggies, upheld divided during midnight on Tuesday. Woolsey was a charismatic figure in a Phoenix food scene, one who did things like offer as black of a Chile Pepper Festival and start a propagandize garden.

Woolsey founded Hip Veggies in 2012. Hip Veggies provides board farmers-market-style bags flashy with splendid renditions of furnish embellished by internal artists. One bag facilities a reprint of Hugo Medina’s orange picture on Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road. Another says “Shut adult and eat your nopales.” Portions of a deduction from a bags upheld craving use efforts.

Woolsey’s idea with Hip Veggies was to make furnish exciting. The colorful radishes, oranges, pears, purslane, and nopales emblazoned opposite totes did only that (and while ancillary internal growers and artists). The power of Woolsey’s expostulate for healthy food was clear in her other endeavors.

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She was a dietitian for a Milwaukee Brewers, a veteran ball team, when a group was in Arizona for training. According to Woolsey’s crony of 30-plus years, associate dietitian Sharon Salomon, many of a team’s players spoke Spanish. To pronounce with and advise them directly, Woolsey schooled a language.

She also schooled how to prepare dishes from a Dominican Republic and a other Caribbean countries players came from, and took new foreign-born players grocery shopping, Salomon says. Once she had schooled their dishes, she even mutated a simple recipes to make them healthier.

“Monika was a kind of chairman who put all of herself in everything,” Salomon says. “She was special that way.”

Salomon says that Woolsey was in a center of building recipes for a cookbook. In respect of her friend, Salomon skeleton to prepare from some of Woolsey’s recipes this weekend. Details on a commemorative have not nonetheless been finalized, other than that a use will be holding place in Phoenix.

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