Julie Faber, is a co-owner of Manitoba Milling Co., a recovering lawyer, and one of the 4 Pizzey siblings. Get to know her more below!
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your role with Manitoba Milling Co.?
As a co-owner of Manitoba Milling Company, I do a little bit of everything, but mainly I focus on marketing and East Coast Sales. I also work for our family’s ingredients company, which sells flaxseed to other companies who use it in lots of everyday products you see on your grocery store shelves. And, I’m the mostly-proud and always busy mom of a 1-year-old girl, Eleanor, and a 3-year-old boy, Sam.
Did you always work for the family company?
No, actually, I’ve done a number of different things. I have a degree in Culinary Arts Management from the Culinary Institute of America, and worked in the food industry for a little bit before getting a law degree. I actively practiced law for five years before joining the family business in 2014. So, as my mom explains when I get into the weeds of a contract or a product label, I’m a “recovering lawyer”.
What is your favorite memory from growing up on the Pizzey Family Flaxseed Farm?
The best time of year on our farm, and probably any farm, has to be harvest time. It is insanely busy and stressful, but there’s something about seeing the crop come off the field that can’t be beat. I wasn’t as actively involved in the actual farm work as my siblings were, but I loved taking meals out to the field at supper time. If time allowed, my dad would shut the combine down and we’d eat on the tailgate of our pickup. I still enjoy riding in a combine with my brother when I’m back on the farm, and will do it any chance I get.
What is your favorite way to use Milled Flaxseed or Flax Milk?
We have tons of great recipes, but honestly my favorite way to use our product is the easiest – I just sprinkle our Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed on my cereal in the morning. I also love our Unsweetened Flax Milk on oatmeal – it makes it incredibly creamy.