One warm January afternoon, rows of produce left drenched and nearly frozen overnight find a sunny day’s worth of respite. Blooms of collard greens adjacent to a wide, one-level house in Roxboro gradually plump their leaves up toward the sun’s rays.
This home and land belong to farmer Mark Paylor and his extended family. And on this warm winter Sunday afternoon, greens harvested just before the frost now simmer gently on a stove. Supper is a few hours away, but the Paylor family has already begun to gather at Grandma Paylor’s home.