Winter home opens for market

The Piedmont Farmer's Market opened the new indoor market at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis on Oct. 14, offering a place where Cabarrus-area farmers can sell produce, crafts and other items to local consumers even in cold or wet weather.

Phyllis Beaver, marketing director for the biotechnology research hub, said the campus is offering the building free to the Piedmont Farmer's Market, which also runs three other local markets in season. The campus is paying all the insurance and utilities as well, she said.

"This is like a little town in here," she said of the indoor market. "We're glad the N.C. Research Campus can offer the space."

Beaver said the indoor market also will allow farmers to sell beyond the traditional growing season.

"It helps the farmers to extend their season," she said.