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Old Salem farmer’s market

I don’t get out much. But spring weather and the prospect of food are pretty good motivators.

One of the best farmer’s markets in this area is the Cobblestone market at Old Salem. Old Salem is the Salem half of Winston-Salem, a place with colonial roots going back to the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Salem was on that road (which also passed just half a mile east of the abbey). The settlers were Moravians, a communal Protestant denomination with roots in Germany.

The market opened just last week. There were plenty of greenhouse items, including starter plants, lettuces, and spring greens. If you walk two minutes down old Main Street from the farmer’s market, you come to Salem Tavern. George Washington slept there. They offer a traditional cuisine, competent but also tourist-friendly. Going there is always a treat.

This is a hostess in one of the restored colonial buildings in Old Salem. Her costume is handmade and authentic — silk taffeta and linen.

Salem Tavern

Al fresco under the arbor behind the tavern

I did not order or eat this burger! Another guest did. Photographed by permission. That’s sweet potato waffle fries.


  1. frigast wrote:

    Winston-Salem, that’s where Maya Angelou lived – sacred place 🙂

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Wow. I’m very impressed that you know that, since I also know that you are Danish and in the south of France, if you don’t mind my mentioning those things. 🙂

    Yes … Maya Angelou was on the faculty of Wake Forest University. Old Salem also sits right beside a college campus — Salem College. Back in the 1980s, I heard Maya Angelou speak at Salem College just a hundred yards from where these photos were taken. She was one of the most powerful speakers and storytellers that I have ever heard. I would love to have a transcript of that talk, because it would shed so much light on how to structure a talk, or a story.

    Plus her strong contralto voice, not to mention her presence, made a very strong impression that I will never forget.

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink
  3. frigast wrote:

    Your prayer has been heard, Daltoni 🙂
    here’s a video ‘Dignity and Respect’ from Wake Forest University 2013.
    It’s a slow starter, Maya comes on 16 min. into the video, and stay there until 35 min. Enjoy 🙂

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  4. frigast wrote:

    The video

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
  5. daltoni wrote:

    That was amazing. Thank you for posting the link. It’s just incredible to watch her mind work, and to savor how she uses the English language. If only some white Americans could understand how much Africans have enriched us — culturally, morally, and intellectually.

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  6. frigast wrote:

    Your welcome 🙂
    Yes, she surely is getting us to think.
    Another video with her as a piece of her biography
    Very touching 🙂

    Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

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