Friday, August 22, 2014

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

Great variety and authenticity are expressed exceptionally well in Durham’s food - that's why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of Durham’s exciting food culture comes from a fascination with locally grown and raised products, and from the chefs who prepare celebrated cuisine recognized in regional and national media. Each week at Durhams's farmers' markets everyone can be a chef with access to fresh local produce.

Produce available this week includes: figs, tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms potatoes, peaches, okra, onions, sweet potatoes, watermelon, zucchini and more! Also look for meats, cheeses, flowers, specialty items and crafts.

Durham Farmers' Market
Visit the Durham Farmers' Market Saturdays from 8am- Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Durham Central Park.

South Durham Farmer's Market
This week, music will be performed by Bread and Butter Duo. Visit the South Durham Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8am-Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Greenwood Commons, 5410 Highway 55.

Visit the farmers' markets, tour a farm, and discover more great agritourism opportunities in Durham.

Friday, August 15, 2014

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Markets

Great variety and authenticity are expressed exceptionally well in Durham’s food - that's why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of Durham’s exciting food culture comes from a fascination with locally grown and raised products, and from the chefs who prepare celebrated cuisine recognized in regional and national media. Each week at Durhams's farmers' markets everyone can be a chef with access to fresh local produce.

Produce available this week includes: tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms potatoes, peaches, okra, onions, sweet potatoes, watermelon, zucchini and more! Also look for meats, cheeses, flowers, specialty items and crafts.

Durham Farmers' Market
Tomorrow chef Shane Ingram from Four Square will be cooking on the lawn from 9am until Noon.Visit the Durham Farmers' Market Saturdays from 8am- Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Durham Central Park.

South Durham Farmer's Market
This week, the Harvest Book Drive will be on site. Plese bring any gently used children's books to donate. Music will be performed by the Deepwood Ramblers. Visit the South Durham Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8am-Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Greenwood Commons, 5410 Highway 55.

Visit the farmers' markets, tour a farm, and discover more great agritourism opportunities in Durham.

Media Continue to Rave About Durham

This week Durham has caught the attention of several major national publications like The New York Times, Garden & GunBon Appetit, and The New Yorker with its spate of notable restaurants and features.


Garden & Gun readers lauded popular Durham burger restaurants Bull City Burger and Only Burger as having the "South's Best Burgers."

The New York Times visited Durham's Central Park District in "A Corner of Durham, N.C., Comes to Life." Places featured included The Pit, Geer St. Garden, Fullsteam Brewery, Cocoa Cinnamon and Motorco Music Hall.

Durham's Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop was recognized among Bon Appetit's "50 Nominees for America's Best New Restaurants 2014." The publication was particularly impressed with the spring onion sausage wrapped in puff pastry and the hot pastrami with fried potatoes. The top ten will be announced August 19.

The New Yorker profiled a Durham-based photography project, which documented the Durham Bulls' 2013 season in a book, "Bull City Summer." North Carolina writer Sam Stephenson led the project that focused on the world-famous Triple-A team.

See more Durham accolades or visit all of the places in these articles.

The Scrap Exchange Opens August 16 in New Lakewood Location

Tomorrow a local Durham business with a dedicated following of craft and creative artists will have a new home.

On August 16, Durham's Scrap Exchange will open its doors for the first time in its 23-year history in its own space. The nonprofit creative reuse arts center will make its new home in a 23,000 square foot facility at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. The site is a standalone mid-century modern building in the Shoppes at Lakewood shopping center. The Scrap Exchange bought the former Cinema Theater and Duke Surplus building in December, 2013, and is now ready to permanently move in and call it home. Over the past two decades, the organization has operated in subsidized or leased space throughout Durham including Northgate Mall, Liberty Warehouse and Cordoba Center for the Arts.

The purchase is a significant milestone in the nonprofit’s history. The Scrap Exchange was founded in 1991 with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse. Since then, the organization has grown into a Durham institution and national model for creative reuse. In 2013, the center diverted 70 tons of usable materials from the landfills, stewarded 5320 hours of volunteer service, managed 427 creative reuse program activities, and served over 150,000 people through its retail store and programming.

Learn more about Durham's art scene online and all of the kid and craft things to do here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Markets

Great variety and authenticity are expressed exceptionally well in Durham’s food - that's why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of Durham’s exciting food culture comes from a fascination with locally grown and raised products, and from the chefs who prepare celebrated cuisine recognized in regional and national media. Each week at Durhams's farmers' markets everyone can be a chef with access to fresh local produce.

Produce available this week includes: tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant, potatoes, okra, onions, sweet potatoes, zucchini and more! Also look for meats, cheeses, flowers, specialty items and crafts.

Durham Farmers' Market
This week there will be storytelling with Cynthia Raxter from 9-Noon and the Kid's HomeFries Cooking Class will be taught by Cece Lopez of Bull City Burger from 9:30-11am. Visit the Durham Farmers' Market Saturdays from 8am- Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Durham Central Park.

South Durham Farmer's Market
This week, food truck Olio & Aceto will be on site with music by Kristi Dixon. Visit the South Durham Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8am-Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Greenwood Commons, 5410 Highway 55.

Visit the farmers' markets, tour a farm, and discover more great agritourism opportunities in Durham.

Durham History Hub and County Library Celebrate Soul, Funk and R&B Music


Durham's rich musical heritage will be on display Friday, August 15 from 6-8 PM at the Museum of Durham History's History Hub.

Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories of the 1960s and 1970s is a no-charge celebration of Durham’s rich heritage of soul, funk and R&B music and it is open to the public.

The celebration hosted by the Museum of Durham History and the Durham County Library will feature a little wine, a few munchies and some memorable music by Johnny White and the Elite Band. The legendary group performs from 6pm-6:30pm and from 7:30pm-8pm. Between sets is a panel discussion by three soul and funk musicians from the 70s: Charles Bailey (the Black Experience Band), Vernelle Mack (Positive Approach, The Essence of Truth) and Stanley Saunders (Duralcha, Family Sircle).

The visual and audio display at the Hub touches upon the origins, influences, politics, history, venues, businesses, media, music and musicians of the 1960s and 1970s in Durham. Those featured include Nick Allen, Johnny White, John Snells, the Black Experience Band, Blue Steam, the Communicators, Duralcha, the Modulations, NCCU, Risse, and more.

Indoor Trampoline Park to Open at Northgate

Fun for the younger of us, visitors and residents alike, is that much closer as Durham will soon fly high with the opening of its second trampoline park at Northgate Mall.

Construction has begun on Sky Zone and will be located at the Shops at Northgate at 1720 Guess Road, Durham, Suite 90.  Sky Zone Durham's two floors of fun will featurin 23,000 square feet of trampolines, as well as a pool-like Foam Zone, SkySlam basketball hoop, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball, Ultimate Volleyball, multiple party rooms, concessions zones and a mezzanine-level cat walk. The park is scheduled to open in December, 2014, and a pre-sale kiosk located inside Northgate Mall will open this fall.

Sky Zone joins Durham's other trampoline park Defy Gravity, which is located near the Sheraton Imperial hotel off I-40. Learn more about all the fun things to do with kids online, and stay up to speed on all the happenings here with the Durham Event Calendar.