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John Soehner and Cindy Econopouly Soehner

Natives of New York State, John Soehner and Cindy Econopouly Soehner moved to North Carolina with their three children in 1994. Eco Farm is located on approximately twelve acres of former tobacco land in the White Cross community, about six miles west of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Cindy first joined the Market as a textile artist, but the family soon transitioned to selling produce—and later, meat—on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Eco Farm’s booth is situated on prime Market real estate, adjacent to the main entrance and the gazebo. As such, most marketgoers will pass the booth as they make their rounds. They will admire Cindy’s beautiful flower arrangements and greet John, who has the jovial appearance and manner of a gentle giant. Since they began coming to the Market in 1995, John and Cindy have become celebrated fixtures of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market community.

Date of interview:
2011-08-19 00:00

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