Produce Buyer and Manager at The Healthy Butcher
Class of ‘09
Will Orford’s office is five times the size of the Bishop’s Quad. Twice a week, he heads to the sprawling Ontario Food Terminal to buy produce for The Healthy Butcher, a popular organic butcher shop in midtown Toronto. To hear him describe it, the terminal is a rough facsimile of an old-world market. “It’s oddly a lot of fun. There’s a lot of bartering going on, a lot of yelling [and] chaos, but it’s all just barely organized chaos.”
Appropriately enough, Orford got to his current position with the help of a fellow Bishop’s grad. After moving to Toronto three years ago, Orford got in touch with Allison McClare ’09, who offered to help him get his foot in the door at the butcher shop. It took less than a year for Orford to be promoted to manager of the store’s downtown location, where he stayed for two years; he’s been the produce point man at their primary location since last fall.
He misses dealing with colleagues and customers, but says the new gig is “all about the relationship with the vendor”— a skill he picked up in his hometown of Saint John, N.B. and honed in Lennoxville. Orford says the rapport he developed with professors like Rudy Nassar and Harvey White “taught me more just about how people think.” “I distinctly remember having a relationship with them. I think taking that Maritime ‘I’ll talk to anybody’ [mentality] to Bishop’s, where it’s small, you have to talk to everybody, and then you take that to the big city and you’re just so well prepared to interact with all those personalities.”