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by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

KRANKIES FARMERS MARKET GAINS A SPONSOR

Organizers of the Krankies Farmers Market in Winston-Salem have been in talks with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, or CFSA, a nonprofit with more than 1,000 members in North and South Carolina, to become a subgroup of the organization.

The farmers market is held within the confines of Krankies Coffeehouse and on Patterson Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Matt Mayers, the de facto leader of the Triad Buying Co-op, said the co-op hopes to become a regional committee of the CFSA until it attains its own 501(c) (3) status.

“It’s in alignment with their mission,” Mayers said. “We are proposing that we collaborate with their organization for a year and a half… while continuing to run this high-standards, producers-only market. The core mission is really education and outreach with the market being the demonstration of what’s possible.”

Under its current leadership, the Krankies Farmers Market has been going strong for two years. Krankies has provided the space while Mayers and his fellow volunteers have supplied the labor and the organizing. Last year, the farmers market received a permit from the city to expand to Patterson Avenue. The move doubled the size of the market. And next year, the market will expand to the area adjacent to the Nissen Building, across from the coffee shop.

“A lot of people support the sustainable food movement,” Mayers said. “It’s still in a fairly early stage. In this area, there’s been a spark and fan, so there’s a flame burning that’s not going to go out.” — KTB

RECYCLES GOES TO COLLEGE

Merritt White, owner of the ReCycles bicycle shop on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, plans to open a new satellite location on the campus of Guilford College in the next couple weeks. The new location at Shore Hall will focus on repairs and maintenance first, and new bicycle sales second. — JG

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