Ann Karlen


Ann Karlen


Philadelphia, PA

Ann Karlen opened Third Wheel Cheese Co. in 2018, a wholesale distribution business specializing in local and regional farmstead and artisan cheeses. Prior to this for-profit venture, Ms. Karlen spent two decades promoting local food systems. She launched and ran Fair Food from 2000-2017, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that developed new wholesale markets for farmers and operated the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market. From 2014 - 2019 she held the position of Faculty Director for the Food Hub Management certificate program at the University of Vermont.

Awards & Accolades

  • Les Dames D'Escoffier Philadelphia chapter - 2017 
  • Outstanding in Her Field Award
  • Inaugural member of Philadelphia's Food Policy Advisory Council, appointed by the Mayor, from 2011 - 2016