Friday, May 11, 2012

Celebrate Graduation & Mother's Day With Durham Farmers' Market

At the Durham Farmers' Market Wednesday Market, there were THREE different fruits represented: strawberries, blueberries and peaches. Blueberries and peaches are making an early appearance this year on account of the mild winter and warm spring. Farmers often grow many different varieties of fruits and vegetables to extend their season as much as possible. The blueberries and peaches that will be at Market are specific varieties that are bred to come in very early in the season. Shoppers might notice that throughout the season, there are subtle shifts in the flavors, colors, and sizes of the fruits as the varieties change.

This is a big weekend in Durham! Not only is it Mother's Day, it is also graduation day for our two universities - NC Central and Duke. The appearance of blueberries and peaches has almost never coincided with these events. Add these items to your list of great things to get your momma and favorite graduate. As always, the Market will be full of great ideas and gifts for these folks - lots of lovely flowers and sweet things, cards, plants, ingredients for a delicious meal, and so much more. 

There are a couple of exciting things happening at the Market this weekend. The Market will do a Durham Farmers' Market Gift Certificate Giveaway Drawing in celebration of the weekend's events. Visit the Market Information table to enter your name or someone special's name into the drawing.  At the end of Market, 10 names will be chosen and each person will receive a $10 gift certificate.

Diane Daniel, author of Farm Fresh North Carolina will be doing a book signing during the Market.  Farm Fresh North Carolina is the country's first statewide farm-travel guidebook that includes lots of information about local farms as well as farms throughout the state. Diane's book will be on sale for $18 as a fundraiser for the Market. Tomorrow's Chef in the Market is Chef Katie Coleman, owner of Durham Spirits Company.  Katie will be cooking several dishes with super fresh seasonal ingredients at 10am on the Market lawn. There will be lots to taste and plenty of copies of her recipes.

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:   FAVA BEANS, RADICCHIO, FENNEL, DAIKON RADISHES, Asparagus, Asian Greens (Pac Choi, Tatsoi, Mizuna), Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Broccoli, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Greenhouse Grown Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Escarole, Frisee, Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley) Green Onions, Green Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Greenhouse Grown Green Beans, Gourds, Mustard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, New Potatoes, Onions, Rhubarb, Radishes, Rutabega, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas,  Swiss Chard, Summer Squash Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Zucchini
MEATS AND EGGS: Beef, Bison, Cornish Game Hens, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Lamb, Pork, Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs CHEESES: Fresh and aged cow and goats milk cheeses.
FLOWERS & PLANTS:  Calla Lilys, Asiatic Lilies, Peonies,  Dutch Iris, Snapdragons, Larkspur, Batchelor's Buttons, Mixed Bouquets, 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...

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