New farmers market opens in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Long classified as a food desert, The North Park Farmers Market, which kicked off Tuesday, hopes to make a dent in that title.

"I am so looking forward to what they have and what they have to offer to our food desert," said longtime North Park area resident Sharon Ramseur.

Ramseur said, because of medical conditions, she prefers to eat fresh produce. And now -- it's that much easier.

"Knowing that I can come here and they're going to be here every Tuesday, I think it's absolutely fabulous," Ramseur said. "I came here today to get some spinach and herbs for an herb garden I'm planting."

The farmers market includes eight farmers selling a wide range of items, including kale, spinach, radishes, meats, eggs and honey.

Toni Murray, owner of Glencoe Honey, said her farm is less than three miles from the North Park Farmers Market site.

"To come and be a part of the solution is pretty exciting," Murray said.

On opening day, many farmers either sold out of their items or came close.

The farmers market will be every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., through Oct. 25, in Burlington's North Park on Sharpe Road.

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