-Education Coordinator // Integrative Health Coach
Certified Integrative Health Coach and Reading, PA native, Courtney Shober is a loving wife, sister, and daughter. After a decade in the Music Industry, she decided to switch gears and begin a new career in Health & Wellness. Courtney received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Health Coaching combines her love for healthy cooking, the mind/body connection, and her passion for empowering others with the awareness and tools needed to improve their health and overall well-being. She supports her clients by creating personalized wellness programs based on gradual, realistic food and lifestyle changes. Using a holistic approach, she guides and encourages them step by step to reach and exceed their health and wellness goals to live happier, more energized lives. In addition to one-on-one and group coaching, Courtney spreads the health by leading presentations and workshops on Healthy Lifestyle topics around Berks County. You can also find her helping out at Oak Nut Farm, in Bethel, and its pop-up farmers market stand at Dundore & Heister in Wyomissing on Saturday mornings.
Some fun facts about Courtney: She likes beets more than anyone I know – the root veggie, not what you tap your toes to when listening to a song. Though, music still plays a huge part in her life. She loves listening (and usually singing along) to her vinyl collection, which features just about every genre from Billie Holliday, to the Beatles, to Beck. Her regular yoga practice helps her improve both on and off the mat. Courtney believes that everyone should strive to be a lifelong learner and that everyone has something worthwhile to teach, even if they don’t realize it. Learn more at www.CourtneyShober.com.
-Lead Barista // Manager
When North met South, the differences were overwhelming, and their relations were worth the while. The outcome? Destined, fond, and quite beautiful.
An abrupt uprooting brought Marianna from New England to Berks County, where she has discovered an unexpected passion to, "live simply, so others may simply live.” The familiar words of Mother Teresa, whom she had grown to admire in her early adulthood.
Though much of her family still lives up north, she has taken to this Berks County soil quite well. Backroad night skies, Sunday morning flea markets, new families, kind neighbors, and slow pace living has helped her re-root and blossom. The wide spectrum of arts that are significant in the local communities have been a defining influence. Whether it's seeing her favorite bluegrass bands create crowd-stomping unity; attending backyard festivals of new friends and new family; underground art exhibitions drawing in diversity; or daytrips in search of natural inspiration; Marianna has found joy in all that Pennsylvania has offered.
At a young age, she discovered a love for serving people. This made connecting with others second nature, especially when it came to good food and better conversation. But, years of selling over-saturated, over-processed, high sugar-content foods had caused a division of dishonesty in her love for people, food, and herself. She has now found a place in Berks County for transparency in real fuel and real knowledge to help guide us towards a greener future on our planet. It is now, at the Farmhouse Kitchen, that she can open-heartedly balance this shadow that had plagued her conscience, waking up every morning knowing that her passion is her profession.
With this new endeavor she intends to further imbue her life with health consciousness, mental constitution, and absolute trust in her intuition. As inspiration and education, The Farmhouse will help with this approach to a healthier lifestyle. She will remember her lessons of forgiveness and acceptance and their necessity to heal past traumas, keeping in mind that sometimes it takes discomfort, trust, and faith to restore balance. Looking forward, she is prepared for new hardships that may offer new lessons from which she can grow and strengthen.
After reaching second-level Reiki certification, Marianna plans to further her studies in holistic lifestyle approaches. Simply living for the gift of breath and body, she knows that's what she has to work with and work for. Being an avid fan of fashion and culture helped her design her own wooden and bone jewelry, inspiring her Frida-esque style. Morning journaling ties her thoughts together, creating an outlet for mental processing. This is a practice she highly recommends to those in search of peace found in creative solitude. She works towards blending her inner spirit and outer influence, hoping to inspire others to reach higher potentials and self-confidence built on balance, trust, and the power of natural beauty; internal and external.
-Full Time Potter // Part Time Barista
Dani is a full potter, part time barista, and is deeply passionate about both jobs. She is a firm believer that the food you eat and the dishes you use to serve should be crafted with love and positive intentions.
- Cook // Kitchen Collaborator // Best Eyes for Detail and Aesthetic
Alyssa was born and raised in Reading, PA. As early as 7, she found herself in the kitchen whisking pancake mix and scrambled eggs. While doing so she envisioned a studio audience laughing and smiling with her because she was day dreaming of being a Puerto Rican Rachel Ray! Her eyes would forever be set on cooking!
Alyssa graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport in May 2017. Her very last internship was the most special to her because she was hired to be a Personal Chef. The objective was to cook meals that were low in sodium, sugar, and fat while using produce from their personal garden and shopping organic as much as possible. Being a Personal Chef is a career goal of hers and this opportunity was the chance to really put things into perspective. It was a wonderful experience, and she couldn’t see it going any other way. Alyssa also participated in helping cater the Kentucky Derby the last four years. Her college offers so many opportunities to gain experience and professional contacts, and she’s so grateful she attended that school.
After graduating, Alyssa was nervous to move back to the area. Her original plan of moving to Tucson, Arizona fell through, and she didn’t believe the local area had many good opportunities. She then stumbled upon an opportunity at The Farmhouse Kitchen. Being on her own journey of lifestyle changes physically, mentally, and spiritually for the past year, their health conscious concept just seemed like the perfect fit. The passion behind their story and values really stood out, and she knew this was where she was meant to be after all. Seeing results and continuing to make better eating choices, Alyssa knows that working here will expand her horizons in all ways possible. She is so grateful for the opportunity and has never been happier to wake up bright and early.
In her free time, Alyssa loves to sing her heart out, dance, and spend time with her mom, who just moved back in June. She is working on her love for nature by enjoying long adventures on the trails and dabbles in poetry here and there. She has developed an interest in clouds and has an instagram page for other fellow cloud lovers! Please send all the pictures her way! Alyssa emphasizes living in the present and takes every day as an opportunity to improve herself in any way possible!
- Cook // Kitchen Collaborator // Daily Inspiration
“Good things come to those who work toward them, and in our darkest hours that is truly when we must trudge forward into the unknown striving for progress rather than perfection.”
My Name is Gunnar. I was born in Pottstown and eventually moved to Exeter where I graduated high school. During high school I became involved in Culinary Arts starting at the Berks County Technical Center in Oley. From there my love and passion blossomed for the industry. I went to college for a short time only to come home and and get right into the industry. I started my way up from a dishwasher, to banquet prep cook, to line cook. I have held many other positions such as assistant kitchen manager, sushi roller, brewer, server and a cicerone certified beer tender. These days I have found a happy and meaningful life due to my sobriety, working a 12-Step program, and working at a wonderful such place as this, with an amazing staff and a caring, kind, loving and ever understanding owner.
-Kitchen Collaborator // Farmhouse Personality // The Wisest
Patty was born and raised in Berks County. She comes from a long line of farm life from apple orchards to livestock. She graduated from Governor Mifflin HS locally and moved to West Reading to work within the community. Bringing business from the VF Outlets to Penn Avenue, Patty has been utilizing her customer service skills for many years. She worked at Reading Hospital for 20 years fully immersing herself in helping the needs of her patients and their families.
In search for a new path, Patty found herself at Go Fish Seafood right here in West Reading. She mastered her knowledge for sustainable seafood and assisted in the catering needs of the business. You would always find Patty going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those that walked through their doors!
Never settling for her own happiness her life desired even more, although it has been a very fulfilling one raising her children and grandchildren. She came across The Farmhouse Kitchen and the opportunity to serve a great purpose within the community of fulfilling lives through health, wellness, nutrition, and her amazing, upbeat personality!
- Cook // Kitchen Collaborator
Born in New Jersey and raised Berk County, Jamie grew up very active and always seeking adventure. Her cooking career started in high school while attending a Vocational Technical School for Culinary Arts. She has been in the restaurant industry for almost 10 years! Aside from the kitchen her other interests include (but are not limited to) biking, frisbee golf, day trips, traveling, hiking and drumming. Jamie’s goals for the future are to continue to grow in the restaurant industry and to travel the country.
- Cook // Kitchen Collaborator
Chris grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He moved to West Reading two years ago and likes it a lot. He has a two year old son and loves any kind of rock music.