The brand new farmers market serves individuals who dwell within the meals wasteland of East Greensboro
“Our black farmers are leaving because they don’t have the means to stay,” said Barker, who has been running his family’s Oxford property for 50 years.
The Afro-American DuBois runs the Gabor Farm with her husband Clarence on the land that he inherited from his grandfather. They moved to Rockingham County Farm to retire because they liked the area. It was the first time they had farmed.
“We didn’t know exactly what we were doing, but we enjoyed it,” said Tanya DuBois.
They tried it through courses with the NC Agricultural Extension, lots of YouTube videos, and mentoring from students from NC A&T. Now they grow leafy vegetables like Swiss chard and kale, sweet banana peppers, black cherry tomatoes, peas, corn, cantaloupes and even mushrooms.
DuBois was surprised that some of their customers don’t know much about fresh produce.
“I assumed people knew a lot about the basic vegetables and fruits and how to cook some of them like eggplant,” she said.
Barnes said that’s because food deserts don’t have the kind of grocery stores that sell fresh produce.
“You wouldn’t know how to eat broccoli, you might not know how to eat five types of pumpkin because you’ve never been exposed to it,” she said.