The afternoon air was hot and humid as David Deming, a bus driver for the Town of Chapel Hill, tended a pan of hot dogs set on top of an open flame. A plate of stacked buns, a salad, a dish containing rice and sausage and bunches of bananas sat on his beige folding table.
Market attendees referred to him as the man who supplies the food — every first Saturday of each month for the last 11 years, save for a couple of exceptions, Deming has been at the Really Really Free Market giving out whatever food he has to offer.
“It’s so cool to see a community that’s built around this idea of giving stuff away,” Deming said.
The Really Really Free Market, an anti-capitalist event, held its monthly gathering on Saturday, marking thirteen years in Carrboro. Everything at the market is free. There is no bartering, no limit on the amount one can take or give and no monetary value assigned to any items or services provided.
The Really Really Free Market originally paid to use the Carrboro Town Commons property. Event organizers then protested the fee and now no longer pay to rent the space.