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Aug 10

Keepin’ Wilkes Fresh!

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 11:54 AM by Crystal Keener

Now this is the story all about how Wilkes Fresh mobile market is travelin’ around town. And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the Food Access Coordinator of a county called Wilkes-air (I tried). 

Clearly I am no Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But I will tell you what I am, the Food Access Coordinator for The Health Foundation’s Wilkes Fresh mobile market (not as catchy, I know!). So let me give you the freshy-fresh rundown. 

Wilkes Fresh is a traveling mobile produce market bringing Wilkes delicious fruits and veggies across the county. It is a project of the Healthy Wilkes Action Team under The Health Foundation and in collaboration with Wilkes Health Department, Wilkes Community Partnership for Children, Town of Wilkesboro, Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service, and the Wilkes Family YMCA. 

So now let me hit you with some fresh facts (say that three times fast). Wilkes County has a 19% poverty rate with 13.8% being food insecure. 22.6% of children in Wilkes County live in homes that are food insecure. Wilkes County has two distinct food deserts (say whaaaaaat?). Food deserts are areas that have limited access to affordable and nutritious food (I’ll save you the Google). One is located in the western part of the county with the other being in one of the town centers – North Wilkesboro (betcha’ didn’t know that). 

Produce is sourced from local farmers and sold in six rotating locations on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wilkes Fresh was built to eliminate transportation and expense barriers that keep residents from sourcing fresh fruits and veggies. Wilkes Fresh accepts cash, debit/credit, EBT/SNAP benefits, and “Market Bucks” (vouchers from The Health Foundation provided by the Wilkesboro Health Department). “Market Bucks” can be redeemed at our mobile market, or at North Wilkesboro’s farmers market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 

Let’s just say I’ve clearly got my work cut out for me (also that I should not quit my day job to pursue a rapping career). So what can you do? Support and follow the Wilkes Fresh Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date on where we will be next! You can’t miss our colorful souped-up ride. 

So this isn’t goodbye, it’s ta ta for now! Don’t be down, I’ll still be around (see what I did there)! 


Jul 31

Bring on the Chicken-Ques!

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 4:03 PM by Crystal Keener

If you haven't already heard (or smelled) the delicious news, the famous Chicken-Ques are back! Memorial Park’s barbecue pits finally opened on Wednesday, July 15, after being closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. North Wilkesboro pushed to (safely) reopen the barbecue pits on Fridays to allow our local nonprofits to continue the tradition of selling tasty chicken plates to fundraise for community projects.  On schedule for next week: Friday, August 7th North Wilkes High School Marching Band Boosters will be on site and ready to serve starting around 10:30 and then on Saturday, August 8th Harvest Time Fellowship Church will be at the pit. BBQ Chicken Plate Come support our small Town’s tradition and give back to our local nonprofits, civic clubs, schools, and other public services. Join us in Memorial Park most Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 am, and grab a mouthwatering chicken or BBQ plate! Proceeds from the Chicken-Ques make a HUGE difference in our strong community, so support, shop, and eat local!  Mr-Eds-Heavenly-BBQ-Chicken-Ribs-and-Sides Please be sure and to practice social distancing and wear masks at all times. Organizations are taking extra precautions to keep you safe (and full).



Jul 28

5 Creative Local Activities to Keep You Sane During the Pandemic

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 4:20 PM by Crystal Keener

"When it rains, play in the rain." There are ways of making the best out of any situation,
this one included. Wilkes Art Gallery has a few unique opportunities to get you out of the
house, and finally socialize (safely) with people other than your dog.

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