Farmers market to open at Old Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- On the opening day of The Cobblestone Farmers Market near Krankie's Coffee in Winston-Salem, the market announced it will be expanding into Old Salem.

This will be the fourth year for the market on Third and Patterson streets.  Last year, attendance averaged more than 400 people a day during the three-hour market.

Because of the market's popularity and an increased demand for fresh, local fruits and vegetables, Cobblestone is teaming up with Old Salem to open a market on Saturdays all summer long.

Market vendor Margaret Norfleet-Neff is helping start the new market, which opens May 12.

"It makes us feel great. It really does," Norfleet-Neff said. "The word is spreading. To have these markets in these urban spaces and return trade to Old Salem--that was the original idea for that area. It's very exciting."

According to the USDA, there were more than 7,200 farmers markets in the United States last year. That's 1,000 more than in 2010. Cobblestone organizer Ann Bliss said that's proof that another market in Winston-Salem will be welcome.

"I think people really want to have better quality food and are starting to be more concerned about where it comes from and how consuming it impacts it's health," Bliss said.

The market will feature everything from fresh vegetables, fruits and meats to lotions, soaps and plants.