Vendors arrive at the Durham Central Park market before sunrise to set up their stands and arrange produce. For Helga and Tim, each Saturday morning consists of a precisely articulated set-up routine in preparation for their many customers.
Vendors arrive at the Durham Central Park market before sunrise to set up their stands and arrange produce. For Helga and Tim, each Saturday morning consists of a precisely articulated set-up routine in preparation for their many customers.

The Durham Farmer’s Market is a visual testament to Durham’s burgeoning local and sustainable food movement; dozens of stands boast colorful produce year-round. Take a wander through on a Saturday morning and you’re bound to see dozens of eager market-goers clustered around a particular stand, nestled permanently at the far corner, marked with its signature four-leaf clover sign.

Behind the Stand explores organic local farming through the lens of this one farm – Four Leaf Farm – and the two farmers behind it, Helga and Tim MacAller. The farm, located in Rougemont, NC and founded in 1980, is a verdant cornucopia of sorts, with sustainably raised seasonal produce ranging from pea shoots and bok choy to kiwis and loofah. Helga came to farming from a childhood surrounded by farms in rural Denmark; Tim, as a botanist trained in graduate school at Duke. Together, both have created a space of growth, health, and sustenance.


2012/12 Behind The Stand - Images by Allie Middleton