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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Marjorie Oakley


Marjorie Oakley was one of the original organizers of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.  She has sold produce at the Market since 1979.  The Oakleys have been long-time farmers in Chatham County.  Marjorie sells vegetables including purslane and Jerusalem artichokes, greens and cut flowers.  The flowers are often native plants that are growing on the family land, and the vegetables are grown without the benefit of irrigation.  Marjorie always had advice to offer market-goers regarding the health benefits of her vegetables.Marjorie Oakley was one of the original organizers of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.  She has sold produce at the Market since 1979.  The Oakleys have been long-time farmers in Chatham County.  Marjorie sells vegetables including purslane and Jerusalem artichokes, greens and cut flowers.  The flowers are often native plants that are growing on the family land, and the vegetables are grown without the benefit of irrigation.  Marjorie always had advice to offer market-goers regarding the health benefits of her vegetables.

Date of interview:
2011-08-18 00:00

Interviewer:
Kate Medley

Photographer:
Kate Medley

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