Friday, June 15, 2012

Celebrate Father's Day with Durham Farmers' Market

It's Father's Day weekend!  What does that usually mean? Father's Day cookout or Father's Day brunch. Durham Farmers' Market will be stocked with lots of great things to cook up for Dad this weekend. With so many grilling holidays on the horizon, the Market's meat farmers will be sure to stay fully stocked with things for the grill! This weekend, visitors to the Market will start to see more corn, cantaloupes and field grown tomatoes. While there aren't any watermelons yet, they are expected to show up before the Fourth of July. If Dad isn't into cooking out, there will be lots of other great things for Dads: soap, flowers, pastries and cards among others.

A Note about Berries...
STRAWBERRIES: This year has been one of the longest strawberry seasons that the Market's farmer's can remember. One farmer noted that this week was his 12th week of strawberries. The cool weather this June has kept the plants producing week after week. He went on to say that it takes about a 5 days straight of 90 degree weather for the berries to fully stop producing. As the season has progressed, the number of strawberries coming to the Market has decreased. While its expected that every week will be the last for strawberries, yet a couple of farmers have reported that they are expecting to have strawberries for two more weeks.

BLACKBERRIES: While the expectation has been that the strawberries will disappear, the Market has been anticipating the onslaught of blackberries. While they have appeared, the blackberry crops haven't been as prolific as in past years. A few friends have reported that their favorite secret blackberry picking spots don't have many berries this year. Last week, one farmers mentioned that the late frost that in June came right around the time that the blackberries were starting to bloom and the vines haven't yet recovered from it. The unseasonably delightful weather has likely also slowed their ripening. So, if you see blackberries at the Market, pick them up because there might not be many this year!

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:  Padron peppers, Tomatillos, Okra, Asian Greens, Arugula, Beets, Beans (Green, Yellow, Roma, Filet), Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes,  Corn, Collards, Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Eggplant, Escarole,  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 (Red, Yellow, Cippolini), Pea Shoots, Peppers (sweet) Radicchio, Radishes, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes,  Snow Peas, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Zucchini
FRUITS: Cantaloupe,  Red Raspberries, Logan Berries, Peaches Dewberries, Blueberries, last few Strawberries, 
MEATS AND EGGS: Beef, Bison, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Lamb, Pork, Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs
CHEESES: Fresh and aged cow and goats milk cheeses.
FLOWERS & PLANTS:  Lilies, Gladiolus, Sunflowers, Zinnias,  Godetia, Black-Eyed Susan, Echinacea, Mixed Bouquets, Vegetable & Herb Seedlings, Landscaping Plants, House Plants
SPECIALTY ITEMS: New Crop of FLOUR, RAW HONEY, Pecans, 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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