Friday, June 8, 2012

The Best of Both Seasons at Durham Farmers' Market

More summer time veggies will show up at Durham Farmers' Market this week. OKRA and TOMATILLOS are now in season! Add them to the growing list of summer veggies at Market - squash, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, green beans, yellow beans, roma beans and the first few field tomatoes. It's starting to feel like summer. The great thing about this time of year is that there's the best of two seasons to choose from! Tomorrow, look for lots of summer AND spring veggies and fruits to choose from.

With the arrival of okra and the bounty of cucumbers and green beans, it's time to start some pickling plans. The following are a couple of links to recipes for pickles to try this summer.

Bill Neal's Pickled Okra Recipe
Dilly Beans from Food in Jars

A huge congratulations goes out to two Market vendors who were voted "Best in the Triangle" in the Independent: Chapel Hill Creamery for Best Local Cheese Producer and Fullsteam for Best Local Beer, Brewery and a few other accolades.

Shout outs to all of the local business who support the Market and local farmers who won in different categories. Chefs and staff from these restaurants are regularly seen around the Market picking up produce and goods: Toast, Watts Grocery, Geer Street Garden, Pops, Guglhupf, Lantern, Dos Perros, Locopops, and Vin Rouge! And a high five to all of the finalists - too many to list - but way to go everyone!

Finally, Durham Farmers' Market is sad to report that member, Betty Vollmer, wife of John Vollmer of Vollmer Farm, passed away last week. Here is a link to Betty's obituary and a profile of Vollmer Farm and their story from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association website.

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:   TOMATILLOS, OKRA  Asian Greens,  Arugula, Beets, Beans (Green, Yellow, Roma, Filet), Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes,  Corn, Collards, Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Escarole, Fava Beans, Fennel, Frisee, Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley),  Green Onions, Garlic, Green Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Gourds, Mustard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Potatoes, Onions, Pea Shoots, Peas, Peppers (sweet) Radicchio, Radishes, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Zucchini
FRUITS:  Red Raspberries, Logan Berries, Dewberries, Blueberries, last few Strawberries, and PEACHES
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:  Asiatic Lilies, Gladiolus, Sunflowers, Zinnias, Mixed Bouquets, Vegetable & Herb Seedlings, Landscaping Plants, House Plants
SPECIALTY ITEMS: RAW HONEY, Pecans, Flour, Cornmeal, Grits, Baked Goods including Pies, Breads, Cookies, Pastries, 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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