Friday, November 4, 2011

First Frost for Durham Farmers' Market

"The first frost lets us know what we will have to undergo"

The first frost has finally fallen over much of the Triangle.  Here in Durham, there's been a light frost almost every morning this week. Out in the countryside, especially to the north of Durham, the Durham Farmers' Market farmers have experienced much heavier frosts.  Heavy frosts usually mean the end to many summer vegetables - squash, green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes. 

But not completely the end, just yet.  The Market's farmers are craftier and more creative than that.  In the last few weeks, farmers have harvested all of the green tomatoes and peppers from their fields.  Both of those are able to store very well under the right conditions.  So, expect to see more tomatoes and peppers of all colors in smaller amounts in the weeks to come.  Farmers also have other ways of extending the season through the use of high tunnels and greenhouses.  High tunnels are unheated greenhouses or hoophouses.  They keep the night time low temperatures just high enough in the fall that farmers can plant a late crop of tomatoes, cucumbers or beans, for example.

Another thing that the first frost hearkens is the exciting winter holidays.  For Thanksgiving, Durham Farmers' Market will be holding a special Pre-Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday November 22nd from 2-5pm.  Then on the first Saturday of December, the Market switches gears into our Winter Hours, which are 10am-Noon. Saturday Market is open YEAR ROUND - there will be veggies, meats, eggs, cheeses, crafts, baked goods and confections all winter long.  The Market will be open every Saturday this winter, including Dec. 24th & Dec. 31st.

Upcoming Events
Chef in the Market - Chuck Hayworth, Worth It Cafe
Saturday November 5th, 10am
Chef Chuck will be taking on fall Greens!  He'll demonstrate 3 of his favorite ways to use fall greens - Quick Asian Green Stirfry, One Hour Collard KimChi and Green & Legumes with Pasta!  Chef Chuck will start cooking at 10am under the Blue Tent on the lawn (if its raining look for him under the Pavilion), there will be tastes and recipes available.

Fresh this Week
Fruit:   Asian Persimmons, Scuppernong Grapes 
Vegetables:   SPINACH, JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES, CABBAGE Asian Greens, Arugula,  Beets, Broccoli, Butterbeans, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards,  Cucumbers,  Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Gourds, Herbs,  Mustard Greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce,  Okra, Onions, Green Peanuts, Pea Shoots, Peppers, Potatoes, Popcorn, Purple Hull Peas, Pumpkins, Radishes, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips,  Winter Squash
Flowers:   Asiatic Lillies,  Dahlia, Lisianthus, Sunflowers, 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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