Originally from Tattnall County, Pye’s family moved to Wayne County in the 60s while her parents were employed at Rayonier and owned Moody’s Nursery. Today, Pye lives in the town of Odum with her husband Don and their three sons, Brian, Brent and Blake.
Pye co-owns The Uncanny Cannery with Faye Martin; the company took off in 2012 as a fundraiser that became so successful the business became a full-fledged operation selling jams, jellies, pickled vegetables and baked goods. Pye recently attended the University of Georgia’s Better Processing School, where she received her certification in food processing, which has enabled her to sell The Uncanny Cannery products at several area farmers markets. Reveling in the farmers market scene, she immediately fell in love with the exciting atmosphere.
As a member of the WCFM Executive Board since its inception, Pye is very passionate about the market. She has been involved with various farmers markets for many years and enjoys seeing consumers find a wide selection of products, support local agriculture, and meet the farmers who grow their food. She says this market is the perfect venue for local farmers and offers consumers a fun, exciting shopping experience that is a social event for the entire community to be a part of! Additionally, she envisions this market as an educational resource for children and adults alike to learn more about what agriculture means in Wayne County and beyond.
The board hired Pye to be the Market Manager in April 2015 and Pye works to plan weekly activities and promotional events that help draw people to the farmers market. With personal experience as a vendor, she has spent time shadowing other market managers to figure out what works best for the WCFM. As far as she can see, the WCFM is in the perfect location with the perfect building! Her vision is a market where the vendors work together, helping each other in a team environment so everyone succeeds. Pye has recruited weekly volunteers to help with the unloading/loading for vendor set-up and is working to heavily advertise the market and the vendors who make it special.
To reach Market Manager Debbie Pye, contact her at 912-256-2332 or firstname.lastname@example.org