Welcoming Spring

Just days after spring was official, quite a few farmers markets across North Carolina opened with extended Saturday morning hours and mid-week markets. To celebrate the season, I went to speak with Will Cramer, from Ever Laugher FarmsAs we set up for the morning at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, he shared his thoughts on markets past and future.

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Farming is Public Service

After graduating in 2011 from UNC Chapel Hill, I spent a year living and working on a family farm in nearby Hillsborough. I experienced the edible seasons this bioregion has to offer as well as the realities of farm life: daily chores to keep animals healthy and happy; long hours in the fields building the soil, planting, weeding, and harvesting a variety of crops; late Friday nights processing chickens and early Saturday mornings preparing for markets. The reward for this hard work: hot coffee and thankful eaters ready to devour the precious fruits of that labor.

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