“There’s nothing like a Georgia peach in July.” These are the wise words that bridge the gap between Buffalo, New York, and The Snack headquarters here in Sacramento, California, making me feel like I already know the legend that is Jeff Cady. Though I’ve only just settled in to pick the brain of the Vice President of Produce and Floral at Tops Friendly Markets, Jeff’s passion for fresh produce and industry innovation strongly speaks for itself. But who is the retail master when he isn’t walking the produce department and bringing top quality to consumers? You know we wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to find out…
IF you could have been born in another century or decade, which would it be and why?
The ’60s. Love the music, simplicity, fedoras, and, dare I say, drinking at work?
IF you could have any actor play you in a movie, who would you want?
Kevin Bacon. He is Footloose much like myself and, back in the day, I resembled him.
IF you could imagine yourself in a different industry, what would it be?
Entertainment. I love being in front of an audience. What a rush!
IF you were another species in the animal kingdom, what would you be?
An eagle. It would be awesome to just spread my wings and fly.
IF you wrote an autobiography, what would be the title?
A Guy Walks Into a Produce Department.
IF you had to wear the same thing every day, what items of clothing would you pick?
I love my black slacks, dress shirt with a pocket, and some SKECHERS®.
IF you could make everyone watch a movie of your choosing, which movie would you want them to see?
Jaws. Seriously, they needed a bigger boat.
IF you had to choose now, what would your last meal consist of?
Brussels sprouts, pizza, chicken wings and blue cheese dressing, with a glass of Cabernet and pumpkin pie for dessert.
IF you could re-experience an awesome day in your life, what day would you choose and why?
My wedding day—it was just an awesome day, and I would have loved to give my wife more attention.
IF you had to choose one song to be the soundtrack of your year, what would it be?
“You May Be Right” by Billy Joel.
IF you had a superpower, what would you want it to be?
The ability to fly. Puts life and freedom into perspective, plus you avoid traffic and flight cancellations.
IF you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep up the intensity and focus, but slow down and smell the roses once in a while.