MATTHEWS, N.C. — Farmers’ markets have become a trendy thing to do, but the origin of the Matthews Community Farmers Market started as a way to survive.
Sammy Koenigsberg, a co-founder of the market, said keeping neighbors at the heart of it is the key to successful seasons.
“One of the founding purposes was to try and keep agriculture within the growing community. And to do that, small farmers needed to have a viable market,” he said.
Koenigsberg said the downside to industrial growth decades ago was decreasing rich farmland.
“Without governments setting aside land for agriculture and to make farming a…