Market Place: Ag center introduces Working Wednesdays for volunteers; Openroad Coffee opens in Tryon

Published 9:08 am Monday, June 20, 2011

The Polk County Ag Center in Mill Spring has introduced “Working Wednesdays: A day of friends and projects at the Ag Center.”
The community is invited to join organizer Vaughn Loeffler on Wednesdays to help with volunteer tasks such as tending the Polk Fresh Trade Post and Farm Store, organizing and tidying produce, operating the checkout register, assisting with grant writing and marketing projects, painting doors and trim, gardening with AmeriCorps, construction and lawn maintenance.
To see a real-time list of the ag center’s current projects and how you can help, visit There you’ll find two windows to explore under The Mill Spring Ag Center box. One is the ‘Polk Fresh Trade Post’ and the other is ‘Donations Needed.’
Article submitted by Vaughn Loeffler – Polk County Farmer Market Manager
Openroad Coffee house is now open at 687 N. Trade Street, Tryon, at the front in the New For You re-sale store (formerly Woven Arts).
Openroad Coffee serves hot and cold coffee drinks crafted from organic high altitude shade grown Arabica coffee beans imported from Central America. The coffee is purchased under fair trade and is artisan roasted in the Southeastern United States and brewed fresh daily at the Tryon location.
Owner and operator Stan Yoder is also chief barista and is offering Openroad Coffee for sale by the pound, whole bean or ground to order. Yoder will also feature homemade pastries and his own line of organic agave based sweeteners and flavor syrups for his coffee drinks.
Yoder, who met his wife, Julia, at his first coffee house in 2001, said he is excited to bring an atmosphere of common ground where everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee together.
“We invite everyone to come along with us as we begin our journey in Tryon.”
For more information call 864-216-3430 or visit

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