Friday, June 22, 2012

Durham Farmers' Market Welcomes Summer

Happy Summer! On Wednesday, we reached the summer solstice - the longest day of the year and the official start to summer! This week, right in time for summer, the first free-stone peaches came to Durham Farmers' Market. For the past couple of weeks, summer vegetables have been trickling into the Market. Last Wednesday, while we are still enjoying the last of the springtime veggies - carrots, fennel, lettuces, etc, the tide has turned and now everywhere you look you can see eggplant, cucumbers, squash, beans, potatoes, blackberries, blueberries, and a growing number of field grown tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cantaloupes, tomatillos, corn and more. It won't be long before we start seeing watermelons at the Market!

Martha Mobley, Quinton Leonard IV & Steve Troxler
The Durham Farmers' Market is proud to be the home of a brilliant diversity of farms. Farm sizes range from 1 acre to 1000 acres. For some, farming is a second career while others have been farming all of their lives. Some farmers have recently purchased the land on which they are farming while others are farming on land that has been in their families for generations. This week, Steve and Martha Mobley's farm was recognized as a Century Farm. The Leonard Family Farm (which is the home to their farm - Meadow Lane Farm) has been in Martha's family for generations. It has changed a lot over the years, but one thing has remained constant - it has remained a working farm operated by members of the Leonard Family for over 100 years. Congratulations Steve and Martha!

Also remember, the Wednesday Market will be CLOSED on the FOURTH of JULY! The Saturday Market's surrounding the 4th will be open as scheduled and the Wednesday Market will return to it's normal schedule the following week, July 11th, 3:30 to 6:30pm

Upcoming Events
JUNE 23rd: Chef in the Market - Adam Rose, Il Palio
Chef Rose will be preparing Spaghettini Primavera.  Pesto made from, Chef de Cuisine Isaiah Allen's, Rocky Run Farms' basil and market vegetables.  Chef will be rolling pasta on site! During his demo, the folks from Il Palio will have a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.
JULY 14th - NC 10% Campaign Event with a demo by Katie and Justin Meddis from the soon to open Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop
JULY 21st - ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING!  Chef Shane Ingram from Four Square Restaurant will be our host!

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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