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October 2, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: She grew up in family grocery store

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“We try to cater to the customer and we try to order an item if we don’t have it,” Julia Trumbo says of the Marshall IGA. “We make them feel special when they are here.”
I really enjoy the cooking aspect of it. I know how to make specialty dishes that people my age wouldn’t know how to make, like beef bourguignon and shepherd’s pie. I bake pies with latticework crust, banana nut bread, zucchini bread . . . . I’m creative and I can put that in my cooking. And, of course, because I work with my family. There are more perks to working with family than troubles. I’m taking classes, and my schedule is flexible working here.
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She bakes and handles details in the specialty meat and cheese department of the independent grocery.

Julia Trumbo grew up working in the Marshall IGA, owned and operated by her parents, Heather and Holder Trumbo, Scott District’s representative on the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.

Today, the aroma of chocolate hazelnut Mississippi mud brownies, which Miss Trumbo made from scratch, wafts through the store.

“My favorite things to bake are pies, because they always come out looking like artwork, too pretty to eat,” she said.

For a decade, Miss Trumbo has done almost every job in the store her great-grandparents founded — from stocking shelves to a cashier and working in the pharmacy.

In a world of big-box stores, IGA competes by offering “specialty items you can’t find other places,” such as craft beers and local wines, homemade baked goods and unique meat and cheeses, she says. Customers also can call ahead to order fried chicken, which sells out quickly.

“We try to cater to the customer and we try to order an item if we don’t have it. I think that’s something customers like . . . . We make them feel special when they are here.”

An independent soul, Miss Trumbo plans to remain in Fauquier County until she finishes college.

“It’s definitely not one of your more populated counties. Pretty much anywhere you go, you can have a nice drive in the country and enjoy the reason why most people move out here, live here. I hope it stays that way,” she says.

• Age
21

• Home
The Plains

• Work
Has worked 10 years at her family’s grocery, the Marshall IGA.

I have been working here since I was 11. I started out as a cashier and then went to stocking and the deli and then the pharmacy. I’ve done pretty much everything here. Now, I primarily work in the specialty meat and cheese department, and I bake. I have a little bit of a say in what cheeses we sell, because I notice what sells the best and I love cheese. My dad does all the smoking and curing for the specialty meat.

• Why do you do the job?
I really enjoy the cooking aspect of it. I know how to make specialty dishes that people my age wouldn’t know how to make, like beef bourguignon and shepherd’s pie. I bake pies with latticework crust, banana nut bread, zucchini bread . . . . I’m creative and I can put that in my cooking. And, of course, because I work with my family. There are more perks to working with family than troubles. I’m taking classes, and my schedule is flexible working here.

Family
Parents, Heather and Holder Trumbo; brothers George “Tommy,” 19, and Alan, 11, who also work in the store. Grandmother, Evelyn.

• Education
Fauquier High School, 2011. In her third year of classes at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton.

I plan on enrolling in NOVA’s vet-tech program.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Volunteer at the Middleburg Humane Foundation. Since I’ve been helping out there, it really prompted my interest in animals and going to school to be a vet-tech. I always help with the bake sales at my church, Grace Bible Church in Marshall.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
All my life, 21 years.

• Why do you live here?
Well I’m not done with school yet. I’ll probably be here until I finish school and after. My plan, when I get old and rich, is to move to Kentucky and buy a Victorian house and live there. That’s where my mom is from, and I love it there.

• How do you describe this county?
Filled with history. There’s lots of country. It’s definitely not one of your more populated counties. Pretty much anywhere you go, you can have a nice drive in the country and enjoy the reason why most people move out here/live here. I hope it stays that way.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I love Old Town Warrenton. I wish there was more of that quaint, old-time feel (around the whole county) like in The Plains. I wish Marshall had more of that. I think we have lost part of that history.

• What do you do for fun?
I read a lot. I devour books, mostly fiction. I draw, listen to music, practice bow hunting with a target, and I love to bake.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
On Belvoir Road in Marshall there is this pull off right after you cross over Route 66 overlooking a huge field facing the sunset. There are usually horses or cows there and a big pond in the middle. There is almost a magical setting to it even though you could still see Route 17 in the background.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I wish it would stay the same, but I think Marshall will grow a little and Warrenton and Bealeton. We have already seen some growth in Marshall over the past five years. Other than that, I think everywhere else will stay the same.

• Favorite TV show?
“NCIS”

• Favorite movie?
“Gone with the Wind”

• Favorite book?
My all time favorite is “White Fang” by Jack London. I also like all of “The Chronicles of Narnia” books and anything written by Gregory Maguire.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere near the water. I like the Northern Neck.

• Favorite food?
Everything. Probably my dad’s fallen chocolate lava cake he makes from scratch. And sushi.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
To live beneath your means. I learned that from my grandparents. I’m going to give a speech about that for my communication class soon.

• Who’s your hero and why?
I really look up to my Aunt Ali, who went to nursing school at George Mason University. She is very self-sufficient, independent and has always been able to fend for herself. That’s what I want to be like. Everyone says I’m the spitting image of her, and I have her personality.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would be smart and not blow it all. Invest in something and the rest I would use to pay off my school and car. If there was anything left, put it in savings and maybe get another dog or a few cats because I love animals.

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