Friday, May 4, 2012

Upcoming Events at Durham Farmers' Market

What's new at Durham Farmers' Market?  Perfect strawberry growing weather!  While strawberries aren't necessarily new at the Market, this week, there's more to learn about growing strawberries. One farmer said that the ideal weather for strawberries is 75 during the day and 55 at night.  While the last few days have been pretty hot, it looks like after tomorrow, we will be right back to perfect strawberry weather. 

That should stretch out the strawberry season for a little while longer.  The warm weather this week has made the strawberries even sweeter than earlier in the season.  Once the weather turns really hot and there is a solid week of 90 degree days, strawberry season will be over.  So, if you have been thinking at all about making strawberry jam or freezing fruit for smoothies this year, the time is now! 

Upcoming Events:
Mother's Day Market Gift Certificate Giveaway - Saturday May 12th Does your Mom love shopping for fresh food and locally made items at the Market?  Enter her name in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to the Market next Saturday.

Chef In the Market, Saturday May 12th - Chef Katie Coleman from Durham Spirits Company will be back at the Market. Chef Katie has cooked all over the world and is now located in Durham.  She teaches at the Culinary Arts Institute and teaches cooking and mixology classes at the Durham Spirits Co.  Katie told me that she'll be shopping around Market this week looking for her inspiration!  No matter what, it will be de-licious!  Katie will take you through her recipes step by step and then you can taste and take home her recipe to make at home!

Book Signing, Saturday May 12 - Diane Daniel, author of Farm Fresh North Carolina.  The country's first statewide farm-travel guidebook and includes visiting information on not only the Durham market but several of its vendors, including Fickle Creek Farm, Elodie Farm, Benjamin Vineyard and Winery, Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm, Lyon Farms, Vollmer Farm, Scratch Baking, Piedmont Bio Farm, Fullsteam Brewery, Chapel Hill Creamery, Celebrity Dairy, Kalawi Farms, and SEEDS.  We'll be selling the books for $18 as a fundraiser for the Market.  It makes a great gift for Mom! 

Durham Homefries Cookies Class - Does your child love joining you at the Market and helping you cook meals with you?  Then the Homefries Cooking Classes might be just what they are looking for.  This summer, from May through September, we will hold monthly cooking classes for kids between the ages 9 to 13.  Classes are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month and they teach basic cooking skills from a local Chef or Cooking Instructor.  Registration is going on now.  If you are interested, please email Erin at

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:  FRESH SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS, CAULIFLOWER, Asparagus, Asian Greens (Pac Choi, Tatsoi, Mizuna), Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Chinese Broccoli, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Greenhouse Grown Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Escarole, Frisee, Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley) Green Onions, Green Garlic, Greenhouse Grown Green Beans, Gourds, Mustard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, New Potatoes, Onions, Rhubarb, Radishes, Rutabega, Salad Mix, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas,  Swiss Chard, Summer Squash Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Zucchini
FRUITS: Strawberries!
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:  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...

Produce availability depends on weather conditions

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