“I started going to the Carrboro market because I felt like I needed some community,” Clark said. “I was drawn to the market, not just for food, but for people.”
The market’s Perennial Program, which started this fall, allows shoppers to contribute to the market through annual, monthly or one-time donations.
Erin Jobe, market manager, said this is the market’s first year of fundraising.
“The market is almost completely funded by farmers and artisans,” Jobe said. “We are really used to working with really limited resources, but the market is so important to our community, so we thought our market members and our community would like to help out.”
As of Monday, Jobe said 60 people have become market Perennials and donated to the program. The market’s goal was to add 50 Perennials.
“The 2015 budget will increase by 10 to 15 percent,” Jobe said. “We are looking at having around $6,000 to put into the budget next year, which is great because it will help us to get these new programs off the ground.”
Clark said the Perennial Program gives the market much-needed funding to accelerate its growth and do good for the community.