A few weeks ago I made a trip to Winston-Salem to visit with my folks and go to one of my favorite farmers markets in the South. The Cobblestone Farmers Market is great because it is located in Old Salem, a beautiful old Moravian settlement that is truly unique to the Carolinas. With fresh, seasonal produce and other goods from a variety of local farms and small businesses, The Cobblestone Market seeks to restore a traditional food system that resembles the foundation on which Winston-Salem was built. The market is open on Saturdays, 9am-noon from early May to late November.
For this excursion I chose to wear the apron wrap short dress made with organic North Carolina cotton in the raincloud color. I layered this flattering dress over an absolute Gaia must-have item, the boob tube made with medium stretch hemp in our newest color, cacao. I love this dress/boob tube combination for this walk in particular, because it keeps you cool in the summer heat, but looks really put together. Perfect for outdoor shopping and site seeing!
Right when I arrive at the market, I always like to get an iced coffee from Krankies to cool off and wake up. Another one of my favorite vendors is Beta Verde. This mother/daughter duo creates locally sourced jams, pickles, and syrups that are absolutely delicious. I never pass up the chance to get a jar of the simply delectable rhubarb conserve. It is soooooo tasty on brioche toast in the morning. I also love their bread & butter pickles, which are an amazing addition to a pimento cheese sandwich. And, their award winning martini maters add a unique flavor to your evening cocktail.
After perusing the first section of the market, I made my way up a set of stairs toward the back section. I always like to stop by and pick up a skein or two of homespun, natural wool yarn at the FarmGirl Arts booth, and see what fiber sculpture the owner, Laura C. Frazier is working on. She has such an amazing talent! You have to check out here website to see what I mean. She has even made tiny sculptures of people’s pets using their real hair!
After I finish shopping, I decided to walk a bit in the actual town of Old Salem. There are lovely old buildings and even a few people dressed up in the traditional clothing of the original Moravian settlers. It really feels like you have stepped back in time, a time when people really would gather in the square to purchase or trade for food and other items. I strolled down the main road, window shopping and just taking in the general splendor of such a historic place. The small, but modern cityscape can be seen in the distance, reminding me that I am, in fact, in the 21st century. I looped back around to the market by way of the Single Brother’s Garden, a working garden since 1769 when the Single Brother’s Choir planted a kitchen garden in the space. Now the garden is planted with examples of what the Brothers would have actually grown back in the day. It is a lovely place to enjoy a last minute splurge on some refreshingly creamy gelato from Cafe’ Gelato.
I hope ya’ll have a chance to visit Old Salem and the Cobblestone Farmers Market and support local farmers while taking in a bit of the historic charm of this beautiful little place right in the heart of North Carolina. Until next time…remember to listen to your inner nomad and explore the universe one step at a time.