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sickle

an implement for cutting grass, corn, etc., having a curved blade and a short handle

Sickle

 

a hand implement consisting of a long, curved, slightly serrated blade and used for cutting grain. Sickles first appeared in the Neolithic and were initially used to cut wild plants. They were made of wood, bone, or clay and had a cutting edge consisting of small chips of flint, called microliths, set in a groove in a mounting. Sickles made entirely of flint date from the Aeneolithic. The first metal sickles, made of bronze, appeared in the Bronze Age. Iron sickles, which appeared in the early Iron Age, were initially small and slightly curved. Later the shapes of sickles changed, becoming larger and more curved. In the USSR the sickle has survived only as a tool for small private farm plots.

sickle

[′sik·əl]
(agriculture)
The cutting mechanism of a binder, reaper, or combine.
(design engineering)
A hand tool consisting of a hooked metal blade with a short handle, used for cutting grain or other agricultural products.
(textiles)
A hooked arm for guiding the thread in a spinning mule.

Sickle

[′sik·əl]
(astronomy)
A group of six stars in the constellation Leo that outline the head of the lion.
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Sickles operates in the heart of the North Jersey Gold Coast, serving grocery customers within a five-mile radius that includes Red Bank and wealthy hamlets like Deal, Loch Arbor, Monmouth Beach and Rumson.
For a good garden center, people will travel," Sickles says.
Part of that success stems from the fact that Sickles Market has an open books policy.
It's a good thing as long as you're constantly working with the people to help them understand the whole picture, and they believe it," Sickles says.
Maybe one department will grow 5% and another department 10%, and anything over the top of that we split," Sickles says.
Last fall Sickles invited Ariane Daguin, CEO and founder of D'Artagnan, the specialty foie gras and meat purveyor, to conduct a demo of her products.
Each October, Sickles hosts its apple pie baking contest.
Last year Sickles netted over $83,000 for the charity through the pie-baking contest and a wine and cheese party/auction benefit, in which Sickles teams with vendors like D'Artagnan and Perona Farms smoked salmon for a tasting demonstration.
It's easy to see why shoppers enjoy attending charity functions--and doing everyday shopping--at Sickles Market.
In addition to its home-grown tomatoes, blackberries and raspberries, the market sources from the few remaining local farms as well as getting two deliveries a week from the Philadelphia Produce Market, where Sickles deals with dozens of individual vendors to get the best quality product.
In a place like ours, people always pretty much assume you're a little expensive, but honestly I think we match up when it comes to quality," Sickles says.
Service meats are merchandised from a four-foot case, but Sickles plans to expand the case as part of an upcoming remodel.