A Fresh Start
The Revitalization Project
The Ronsheimer building is an iconic sight on Main Street in downtown Penngrove. Built in 1872 it has served as a railroad station, general store and mercantile, post office, and hardware store. In May 2015 a fire occurred in the back of the building, providing the opportunity for the building to be remodeled and revitalized, while still retaining the historic original facade of the building. It was as the building was worked on that Rebecca McDowell began to wonder if her dream of providing a market and community hub in the middle of Penngrove was possible. Holding onto her dream she approached first her husband, Evan, and then long time friends Joe and Shaina Ferraro to collaborate together and make Penngrove Market.
The Future of Penngrove Market
Our Mission and Vision
We want to create a neighborhood grocery store that nurtures connection with our community, our environment, and local farmers and artisans. To highlight the bounty of delicious foods grown and made within Sonoma County. To support, educate, and nourish our neighbors and employees.
Rebecca McDowell, Owner, General Manager
Rebecca attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has over 25 years of culinary and world-class service experience in restaurants and natural foods grocery stores. She is inspired by how profoundly food connects strangers, deepens relationships, supports community and provides an appreciation of place. She loves baking, talking about food, and living in Penngrove with Evan, their two children, two dogs and four chickens.
Joe Ferraro, Owner, Culinary Director
Joe gets his love of food from a strong family history of good cooking and good eating. After training at the Culinary Institute of America, he has spent the last 16 years gaining extensive knowledge in creating seasonal, healthful, and inspired dishes from around the world. Joe is committed to building strong connections within the Sonoma County food scene, and is looking forward to bringing together farmers, artisans, and families with delicious food. When he has the spare time, Joe can be found at home with his family, or looking for a pig to butcher.
Shaina Ferraro, Owner, Front End & Marketing Director
Shaina has over 10 years of experience in the natural foods industry, working in multiple grocery stores overseeing ordering, inventory, data, marketing, and training employees. Her belief in food as the best medicine for health led Shaina to earn an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Shaina loves making things by hand, white water rafting, and road trips with her husband Joe and their two sons.
Evan McDowell, Owner, Grocery & Produce Director
Evan has over 18 years of experience in grocery stores, 13 of which were in natural food stores. Evan specialized in grocery, dairy and bulk departments, excelling in ordering, merchandising, and customer service. During his tenure at Whole Foods, Evan won awards in customer service annually, including Employee of the Year. Currently working in service in the insurance industry, Evan continues to consistently win accolades for his ability to provide exceptional customer service.