Friday, August 24, 2012

Durham Farmers' Market Fall Forecast

August is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean that the Durham Farmers' Market is coming to an end! In case you didn't know, the Market is open YEAR ROUND! Wednesday Market stays open through the end of September. 

At this point, the seasons have reached a transition point. Summer crops continue to come in and are available all the way up to the first frost (usually in mid-to-late October). All the while, fall crops are starting to come in as well. In the last couple of weeks, farmers have been bringing in lots of apples and pears, muscadines, winter squash and the first harvest of the fall sweet potato crop. Fall greens have started to trickle in to the Market as well. As the weeks go on, there will be more and more varieties of greens and a growing number of radishes, turnips, beets and carrots! If you are a gardener looking for fall vegetable seedlings, now is the time to come to the Market. Seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower and greens are available and ready for your home garden.

With the excessive heat of the summer is behind us, there are exciting events to look forward to - both at the Market and around Durham.

September and October is also the time for Durham Central Park's (DCP) annual fundraiser "Meals from the Market". Over the next two months, people will host dinners that feature items from the market and all of the proceeds are a fundraiser for DCP.  Durham Central Park operates the Pavilion which is the home of the Market. Over the past decade, the Market has worked very closely with DCP and DCP works hard to continually upgrade and improve the park with gardens, paths, tables, benches and trashcans. This year, Matt and Renee from Wild Scallions Farm are hosting a dinner!  Tickets are now on sale on DCP's website.

September 1st - Chef in the Market with Seth Gross and Cece Lopez from Bull City Burger and Brewery.
September 8th - Reading Hour at the Market!  Join us under the blue tent from 10-11 for reading hour for kids. 
September 22nd - Farm Foodshare Challenge!
September 29th - Chicken Butchery Workshop with Justin and Katie Meddis of Rose's Meat Market and Sweetshop.  Justin and Katie will teach the process of taking a whole chicken and breaking it down into pieces.

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES: SWEET POTATOES,  Amaranth Greens, Arugula, Beets, Beans (Green, Yellow, Roma, Filet, Longbeans), Bitter gourd, Butterbeans, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Edamame, Essex Kale, Fresh Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley),  Ginger, Green Onions, Garlic, Gourds, Kale, Lambs Quarter, Lettuce, Peppers (Sweet, Hot, Yummy, and Padron), Potatoes, October Beans, Okra (Red and Green), Onions (Red, Yellow, White), Pea Shoots, Purple Hull Peas, Salad Mix, Sweet Potato Greens, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Tomatoes - Field Grown & Heirloom!, Tomatillos, Turnips, Winter Squash - Butternut, Acorn, Delicata, Spaghetti and more, Zucchini
FRUITS:  SCUPPERNONG & MUSCADINE GRAPES, APPLES, Figs, Pears, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Blueberries, Raspberries,
MEATS AND EGGS: Beef, Bison, Chicken, Cornish Game Hens, Duck, Goat/Chevon/Cabrito, Lamb, Pork, Rabbit
Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs
CHEESES: Fresh and aged cow and goats milk cheeses.
FLOWERS & PLANTS: Celosia, Gomphrena, Tuberrose, Lisianthus,  Sunflowers, Zinnias,  Black-Eyed Susan, Strawflower, Mixed Bouquets, Vegetable & Herb Seedlings, Landscaping Plants, House Plants
SPECIALTY ITEMS: NEW ITEM: GRAPE JUICE! No sugar added! Raw Honey, Flour, Pecans, Cornmeal, Grits, Baked Goods including Pies, Pasta, Breads, Cookies, Pastries, Beer, Wine, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Wool
CRAFTS: Pottery, Jewelry, Stained Glass Art, Handmade Baskets,  Woodwork, Photographs, Hand-dyed Clothing and other items, Handmade Clothing, Soaps, Yarn, Roving, and much more...

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