Friday, October 14, 2011

Durham Farmers' Market Is All About Eggs and Cheese

The American Cheese Society has declared October American Cheese Month, and Durham Farmers' Market will present cheese related is all set to help raise awareness and celebrate the diversity of cheeses made in the US. Durham Farmers' Market boasts a handful of dedicated, talented and creative cheesemakers.  All three  cheesemakers raise their own animals (cows and goats), do the daily milking and make the cheeses in cheesemaking facilities on their farms. Durham and the Durham Farmers' Market are fortunate to have a great community of chefs who work hard to support the efforts of these farmers and make use of great local cheeses in their dishes. 

In celebration of National Cheese Month, Durham Farmers' Market will host a couple of cheese related demonstrations this month. This Saturday, Chef Dave Alworth from Guglhupf will be doing a cooking demonstration of Cheese Spatzle that highlights Chapel Hill Creamery's Calvander.  Calvander is cheese that is similar to asiago. There will be samples to taste and recipes available.   

The Durham Farmers' Market is a proud sponsor of the Bull City Coop Tour  which is being put together by Bull City Chickens. In early 2009, the Durham City Council voted to allow backyard chickens with in the city limits. The Coop Tour is a little bit like the farm tours in the spring and the fall, but this tour gives you an inside look at the lives of Durham's urban hens. The Coop Tour is a self guided tour and will take place next Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9:30-3:30pm.  You can pick up maps and get information tomorrow and next Saturday at the Market.  

Bull City Chickens is also hosting two other events in conjunction with the Coop Tour: Eggalicious and the Chickenstock Festival. During October, a number of local restaurants will feature "Eggalicious" items on their menus that feature locally raised eggs.  Chickenstock Festival, a free "edu-party" that features information about sustainable living and great music will follow the Bull City Coop Tour at Bull City Burgers & Brewery on Oct. 22nd.

Fresh this Week
Fruit: Asian Persimmons, Asian Pears, Scuppernong Grapes 
Vegetables:    Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Asian Greens, Arugula, Beans, Longbeans, Beets, Butterbeans, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards,  Cucumbers,  Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Gourds, Herbs,  Mustard Greens, Kale, Lambs Quarter,  Lettuce,  Okra, Onions, Peanuts, Pea Shoots, Peppers, Potatoes, Popcorn, Purple Hull Peas, Pumpkins, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard,  Summer Squash,   Tomatoes, Turnips,  Winter Squash, Zucchini
Flowers:   Asiatic Lillies, Celosia, Dahlia, Gomphrena, Gladiolus, Lisianthus, Sunflowers, Tuber Rose, Zinnia
Meats: Beef, Bison, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Lamb, Rabbit, Pork
And: Fall Vegetable Seedlings, Honey, Chicken and Duck Eggs, Flour, Yellow & White Cornmeal, Grits, Pecans, Wines, Fresh and Aged Goats and Cows Milk Cheeses, Baked Goods, Chocolates, Pasta, Beer, Wine, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Wool, Landscaping Plants
Crafts: Hand-dyed Clothes, Jewelery, Baskets, Pottery, Stained Glass Art, Woodwork, Photographs, Soaps and much more!

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