Rivah and Johann

Where do you live?
South Grove

How long have you lived in the area? 
6 and 12 years, respectively

Where are you originally from and what brought you to town?
LA and Germany – both moved here for graduate school

Please share about what you do for a livelihood or what keeps you busy during the week?
Rivah is the Curator for Aquarium Content & Marine Science and one of the Inventors in Residence at the new Frost Science Museum, working to improve the efficiency and efficacy of coral reef restoration.

Johann founded the Intercultural Outreach Initiative, a non-profit for educational travel to and volunteering in Latin America. Check us out at

How often do you come to the market?
Every week (unless traveling)

Do you have a market ritual? If so, please describe.
Veggie Bowls with 3 eggs from Babe Froman and iced blueberry coffee 🙂 

What’s your favorite thing to buy at LNB Grovestand and why?
Rivah – Jackfruit and the Ginger/Turmeric Tonic
Johann – Banana, cause Jackfruit stinks 🙂 and Turmeric dressing, once a month… 

W: It took me a couple years to like jackfruit. Now, I love it – but still prefer to keep it frozen or in the outside fridge.

What have you made with ingredients bought at LNB Grovestand?
Banana Ice-cream

What’s your favorite thing to buy at other stands at the market?
Multi-colored eggs, okra, and mushrooms

I wish the market had:
More seating (and Mimosas!!)

Favorite market story:
J’s weekly meat curing adventures at Babe Froman

Most-frequented local restaurants and what dish to order:
Spillover – draft mead 
Ariete – grilled oysters with bone marrow butter

For special occasions, I go to: 

What’s the area’s best-kept secret?
Montgomery Botanical Center – Palm and Cycad Reserve

A worthy splurge:
Organic, 100% grass-fed beef

Rainy-day activity:
Cooking (also for non-rainy-days!)

The most romantic spot around:
We would never have it to ourselves again 😉 

Do you own your own business or offer a service? Would you share a pitch about yourself or company with the community?
Johann’s non-profit, the Intercultural Outreach Initiative (IOI), offers volunteering and study abroad opportunities to groups and individuals in Galapagos, Cuba, and (soon) Costa Rica. IOI’s core competency is specialty-travel financed environmental and social sustainability of unique environments. Our non-profit model finances conservation of isolated and unique places of particular natural beauty or relevance by inviting our clients to contribute to our preservation efforts via their travels. 
As a non-profit, all surplus from our travel groups goes into the conservation efforts of the respective location/project – from coral gardening to teaching English, and from female empowerment to turtle research. 

Support conservation and social development through your travel adventures and check out our programs in Galapagos and Cuba.

Don’t want to go abroad? Have a 1-day adventure and visit Rivah’s lab at Frost Science, where starting this fall, you will be able to see the cutting-edge coral research happening at the science Museum, ask us questions, and learn how you can help protect our valuable local reefs!

Is there a question that you would like to ask the LNBs?
Can we come visit your farm?!

Is there a question that you would like to ask the community?
Where to go for a quick nature outing (without a boat)