Friday, June 3, 2011

Fresh from Durham Farmers' Market

When it is stiflingly hot outside, look to Durham Farmers' Markets farmers for the best tricks for staying cool.  In the heat of Wednesday Market, Renee Clayton of Wild Scallions Farm and Judy Lessler of Harland's Creek Farm shared their favorite cold, refreshing salads. 

Cold Cucumber Salad

Slice the cucumbers very thinly.  Sprinkle them with some salt and some sugar.  Mix it around and let it sit in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to let the cucumbers start to sweat.  Optional: chop up a a few mint leaves and sprinkled them on top.

Crunchy Kohlrabi Salad
Red Wine Vinegar

Peel the kohlrabi and slice it up.  Sprinkle with a little bit of salt, enough to let it start to sweat.  Shake some red wine vinegar onto it and enjoy!

The warm days (and warm nights) mean summer crops are kicking into high gear. New fruits and vegetables include: Loganberries, Black Raspberries, Blackberries, Dewberries, Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Okra, Basil,  Bell Peppers, and every type of summer squash imaginable.

Remember to show your Durham love and VOTE for Durham Farmers' Market for the 2011 America's Favorite Farmers' Market Contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust.

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