Friday, April 13, 2012

Durham Farmers' Market Now Open for Wednesday Market

The Durham Farmers' Market farmers have been hard a work this week. At least two nights have presented temperatures which have hovered right around freezing. While it didn't get quite that cold in town, further away from the city there were colder temperatures. Because the spring has been so mild thus far the farmers' crops have grown fast and early. When a cold snap like this hits, they have to work hard to protect their tender plants from the cold - some use row cover and some wet down their fields as a way to protect from frost. April 15th is the typical "last frost date" in the area, so it would be very unlikely to see anymore frosts until the fall. Forecasts call for hot and dry weather next week. A big change from this week! Even though it has been cold, it looks like there will be lots of strawberries at Market this weekend.

Tomorrow morning, there will be a brand new Chef in the Market. Chef Christy Quirk from Bull Street Market and Gourmet will be joining the Market around 10am for her first demo. Quirk has decided to highlight asparagus in her demo this weekend. Like everything, this spring, asparagus came in on the early side. It has been plentiful and delicious this year. Christy will teach another delicious way to cook with it. We'll have recipes available while she's holding her demo; look for her our on the Market lawn under the blue tent!

Also, the WEDNESDAY MARKET OPENS THIS WEEK!!! Wednesday Market means market goers can get strawberries twice a week. This year, the Market will introduce 4 great new vendors who will be selling on Wednesdays this year.

Chicken Bridge Bakery, Rob & Monica Segovia-Welsh - Chicken Bridge makes artisan, hearth baked breads in their wood-fired oven using locally milled organic flour.

Farmer's Daughter, April McGregor - "a farm-driven artisan food business". April specialized in pickles, preserves and baked goods using local ingredients.

Farm 42, Alie & Ryan Peterson - Farm 42 is located in Hillsborough and Ryan and Alie specialize in growing fruits and vegetables using natural and sustainable methods.

Melina's Fresh Pasta, Carmella Alvaro - Fresh Pasta! Including filled pasta, fresh pasta, gnocchi, sauces and ready to bake meals.

Along with these new additions, look for Wednesday Market regulars too! The Market expects to have over 25 vendors each week with a wide variety of good - fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, flowers, baked goods, preserves, crafts and more! Every Tuesday the Durahm Farmers' Market sends out a newsletter with info about what will be at the Wednesday Market. If you would like your email address added to the Wednesday Market list, request it by emailing

Fresh this Week....
Vegetables: Asparagus, Asian Greens (Pac Choi, Tatsoi, Mizuna), Arugula, Beets, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage (Red & Green), Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro, Collards, Greenhouse Grown Cucumbers, Dried Herbs, Frisee, Fennel, Green Onions, Green Garlic, Greenhouse Grown Green Beans, Gourds, Mustard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Onions, Rhubarb, Radishes, Rutabega, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms (dried), Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens,
Meats: Beef, Bison, Chicken, Goat/Chevon, Lamb, Pork. Look for whole cuts, sausages, hot dogs, jerky, liver pate and more!
Flowers & Plants: Tulips, Anemones, Icelandic Poppies, Ranunculus, Dutch Iris,
Vegetable & Herb Seedlings, Landscaping Plants, House Plants
And: Honey, Pecans, Chicken and Duck Eggs, Flour, Cornmeal, Fresh and Aged Goats and Cows Milk Cheeses, Baked Goods - Pies, Breads, Cookies, Pastries, Gluten Free Items, etc; Pasta, Beer, Wine, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Wool
Crafts: Pottery, Jewelry, Stained Glass Art, Handmade Baskets, Gourd Birdhouses, Woodwork, Photographs, Hand-dyed Clothing and other items, Handmade Clothing, Soaps, Yarn, Roving, and much more...

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