Friday, April 27, 2012

A Weekend of Farm Fun

This weekend is jam packed with farm activities... First of all, it is the 17th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association! The Farm Tour will feature over 40 local farms in Alamance, Orange, Person, Chatham and Durham counties, including 12 farms that regularly sell at the Durham Farmers' Market!

The Piedmont Farm Tour is the largest sustainable farm tour in the country.  It is a great way to learn more about where your food comes from and engage with the great things the farmers in our region are doing to improve the farm land and preserve natural resources.  The farm tour also acts as  great opportunity for relationship building between you and your farmers.

As a consumer, you buy your food from them at the Farmers' Market or through a CSA or off the shelves at Weaver Street, but this tour takes the level of trust between the farmer and the consumer to a new level.  You have the opportunity to see your food in the ground or in the pasture, which is something you will never have the opportunity to do with the food that you buy at a grocery store! 

The Farm Tour will run on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm, both days. Click here for more information about the Tour and the link to buy a button online.

Farms from DFM that are featured on the farm tour include: Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm, Flat River Nursery, Pine Know Farm, Maple Spring Gardens, Four Leaf Farm, Ever Laughter Farm, Fickle Creek Farm, Chapel Hill Creamery, Benjamin Vineyards and Winery, Harlands Creek Farm, Beausol Gardens, Piedmont Biofarm and many more great farms in the area!

Sunday is also Durham Central Market's Family Farm Day at Elodie Farms in Rougemont! Dave Artigues, owner and cheese maker, will be giving tours of the farm and he will explain the farm operation. There will also be live music and food!

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:  ARTICHOKES! SUMMER SQUASH! ZUCCHINI! Asparagus, Asian Greens (Pac Choi, Tatsoi, Mizuna), Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro, Collards, Greenhouse Grown Cucumbers, Dried Herbs, Frisee, Green Onions, Green Garlic, Greenhouse Grown Green Beans, Gourds, Mustard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, New Potatoes, Onions, Rhubarb, Radishes, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms  (dried), Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas,  Swiss Chard, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens
FRUITS: Strawberries!
MEATS AND EGGS: Beef, Bison, Chicken, Goat/Chevon, Lamb, Pork, Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs
CHEESES: Fresh and aged cow and goats milk cheeses.
FLOWERS & PLANTS:  Anemones, Icelandic Poppies, Dutch Iris, Snapdragons, Vegetable & Herb Seedlings, Landscaping Plants, House Plants
SPECIALTY ITEMS:  Pecans,  Flour, Cornmeal, Grits, Baked Goods including 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...

*Produce availability depends on weather conditions

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