Meet Our Team

Mitch Berliner

Mitchell Berliner

Owner and Founder

Mitch Berliner

Mitchell Berliner

Owner and Founder

As a trailblazer and entrepreneur in the food industry for over thirty-five years, Mitch Berliner has been in the forefront of Washingtonians who have been instrumental in making this area a world-class food market. From his highly successful ice cream distribution companies to product development, Mitch has always been a trendsetter and innovator.

Today seasonal farm markets and freshly made food to go are familiar to most people, but Mitch did both and started the gourmet-to-go concept fresh out of college in 1971.Expanding into natural and super premium ice creams in 1974, Mitch founded Berliner Foods introducing people in the mid-Atlantic to some of their favorite treats: Haagen Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove Bars, and numerous other high quality and organic frozen products. After Edy’s acquired the business in 1985, Mitch opened Berliner Specialty Distributors and introduced an array of organic and specialty foods to the area.

Mitch helped develop products for American Café, was a founding partner of Louisiana Express restaurant in Bethesda, and has consulted for other restaurants in Washington. He also worked with Costco to develop a mail order fulfillment program for specialty ice creams.

Mitch has served on the Board of Directors of the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation and he served on the fundraising committees of Share Our Strength, The Washington Capital Area Food Bank in addition to being a member in the Montgomery County Food Council, American Institute of Wine and Food and Slow Foods. In 2007, Mitch was inducted into the Maryland Food Industry Hall of Fame for his foresight and contribution to the food industry and his longstanding involvement with numerous charitable and civic organizations. He has now gone back to his roots of bringing the best fresh foods to the area with three outstanding farm markets in the Washington area.

Debra Moser

Debra Moser

Owner and Founder

Debra Moser

Debra Moser

Owner and Founder

For over 30 years Debra Moser has guided businesses in marketing and strategic positioning now bringing that expertise to Central Farm Markets. In addition, to her business acumen, Debra has a professional certification in pastry from L’Academie de Cuisine. Her former company LillieBelles offered upscale savory and sweet pies and other foods at area farm markets. She is also co-founder of MeatCrafters with her husband Mitch Berliner.

Before she let her culinary spirit loose, Debra was the founding Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville. In particular, her experience there with arts education is inspiring Central Farm Market’s programs for local youth. She is a member of Women Chefs & Restaurants and a board member of the Bethesda Urban Partnership Arts & Entertainment District.

While putting in her time as the mother of a growing family, Debra also happened to co-found EDI Consulting, a strategic planning and international business development firm. She’s been an adjunct profess for the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University, a contributor to AARP Online Health and Fitness Magazine.

She’s served the community by designing P.R. and marketing campaigns for the Coalition for the Homeless, and creating public service TV announcements to draw awareness for World AIDS Day and is currently working on an online television project and a documentary film.

Jessica Band

Jessica Gerafi

Social Media Director

Jessica Band

Jessica Gerafi

Social Media Director

Jessica is CFM’s Social Media Director. She works behind the scenes, but loves sampling everything at the market. She has worked as a social media marketing consultant for nearly four years and has worked with clients in several industries including law, fashion, business and her favorite – food!

Jill Lawrenz

Jill Lawrenz

Concierge & Kids Club Manager

Jill Lawrenz

Jill Lawrenz

Concierge & Kids Club Manager

Jill grew up in the Bethesda area and has been a customer at farmers markets from Ithaca, NY to Seattle, WA. She has helped raise pigs, chickens, calves, goats and sheep. Currently, she is raising two teenagers. As a social worker, Jill appreciates CFM’s support of Manna and other non-profit organizations. Jill’s spunk and creativity will be evident as she leads the Kids Club Programs.

Lynn Kriesten

Lynn Kriesten

Manager, Mosaic Central Farm Market

Lynn Kriesten

Lynn Kriesten

Manager, Mosaic Central Farm Market

Lynn is the Manager of Mosaic Central Farm Market. She is one of those few individuals in the DMV area who can actually say they are from Virginia. By day, Lynn rules an IT department with an iron fist. By night, she pursues her passion for food - tweeting, researching, talking, instructing, thinking, and (occasionally) eating food

Lynn’s deep love for locally-grown and responsibly-sourced produce are what led her to get involved in farmers markets. After some time spent working with the vendors and educating the consumers of the farmers market as a volunteer, it was clear that her passion was in tune with her appetite.

It is with this clarity in purpose for all things food that Lynn was able to join the ranks of the staff at the Mosaic Central Farm Market. Lynn’s helpfulness and long red hair makes her easy to spot at the market on weekends. But just in case you need help spotting her, look for the girl wearing long sleeves, hat, and sunglasses while sporting her ‘koala’ bag.

Mary Dunton

Market Concierge

Mary Dunton

Market Concierge


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