(9) Durham Farmer’s Market, by Barbara Lau
The Durham Farmer’s market is fast becoming a community institution. Supporters are now working with local architect Ellen Cassilly and contractor C. T. Wilson to build a permanent structure in the nearby Durham Central Park. Like an open-air barn, the new market will bring an agricultural feel to the urban landscape, but with contemporary features like skylights. Farmer’s markets are as old as farming. To stay viable, the Durham market has also embraced new ideas about farming, social life, and commerce. Its new home reflects the nature of its customers and its community, creatively combining tradition with innovation.