Winston-Salem, North Carolina is a town with quite a varied history, ranging from its financially lucrative roots in the tobacco industry (R.J. Reynolds is based here—think Camel, Newport, and Winston) to its significant ties to the Moravian church (one of the world’s oldest Protestant Christian religions, known for their gender equality, emphasis on education, and delicious baked goods).
Old Salem is a corner in Winston-Salem that houses a restored Moravian community complete with a living museum (including guides in traditional 18th and 19th century attire) as well as Salem College, the oldest women’s college in the nation, dating back to 1766.
Also found in Old Salem on Saturday mornings (April through November, at least) is the Cobblestone Farmers Market, a delightful farmers’ market in operation since 2011. It features fresh produce, meat, flowers, cold-pressed juice, coffee, eggs, and more from Winston-Salem and nearby areas. My husband and I travel a ton on the weekend during the spring and summer, so when we’re in Winston-Salem on a Saturday and can check out Cobblestone, it’s a real treat. You’re sure to find families shopping together, dogs excited to be invited to the market, and live music to set the tone.