Friday, February 22, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

This a scene from Market last weekend. When the farmers starting to arrive there was a light rain falling that turned into huge snowflakes as they started to set up their stalls! The snow continued throughout the market (and not a single flake stuck to the ground...). It was chilly and wet, but it was certainly beautiful!  In total, there were 34 farmers and vendors at the Market with the full range of wintertime market products!

Tomorrow's weather forecast is showing that we will probably have another soggy, chilly Saturday Market.  But, have no fear, our farmers and vendors will be there rain or shine!! One thing that you can count on is that our farmers and vendors take pride in supplying the Durham community with healthy, fresh, locally raised and produced foods (and more!) twelve months a year!

 If you look below, Little Tree Farm will be bringing their Guinea Eggs to Market tomorrow!  It will be the first time (to my knowledge) that Guinea Eggs are available at the Market. What are Guinea Eggs? Well, they are the eggs from Guinea Fowl. Guineas are small birds (smaller than chickens) that eat insects and seeds. They also have a very loud call. I know many farmers that keep Guinea around their farms for insect management (they eat ticks!) and they also act as an alert system. When new people or animal intruders come into their territory, they sound their alarm! I have been on lots of farm visits where I am "greeted" by the Guineas before anyone else. I'll be sure to post pictures of the eggs in the morning!

See you at the Market!

Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Upcoming Events and Spring Schedule

March 23: Chef in the Market - Katie and Justin Meddis from Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop will have a sausage making demonstration.  Starts at 10!

March 30: Chef in the Market - Chef Katie Coleman from Durham Spirits Company will be cooking with seasonal veggies!

April 6: OPENING DAY! The Durham Farmers' Market's 15th Season officially begins on Saturday April 6th! Hours shift to our summer schedule of 8am to Noon!  Chef Amy Tornquist and Kyle Wilkerson from Watts Grocery will be doing the annual Market Kickoff Chef in the Market appearance!

Wednesday April 17th: WEDNESDAY MARKET OPENS! Fun opening day events are still in the works!!

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:  Asian Greens, Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Creasy Greens, Daikon Radish, Escarole, Fennel, Frisee, Fresh & Dried Herbs (Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley), Green Onions, Gourds, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes,  Salad Mix, Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, Shiitake Mushrooms (fresh & dried), Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Greenhouse Tomatoes,  Winter Squash and more
MEATS AND EGGS:  Beef, Bison, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon/Cabrito, Lamb, Pork, Veal
Guinea Eggs, Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs
CHEESES: Fresh and aged cow and goats milk cheeses.
FLOWERS & PLANTS: TULIPS, ORIENTAL LILIES, Icelandic Poppies, Anemones, Landscaping Plants, House Plants
SPECIALTY ITEMS: Raw Honey, Flour, Cornmeal, Grits, Baked Goods including Pies, Breads, Cookies & Pastries, Fermented Foods, Beer, Wine, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Pastas, Perogies, Wool
CRAFTS: Pottery, Jewelry, Handmade Baskets, Woodwork, Photographs, Hand-dyed Clothing and other items, Handmade Clothing, Goats Milk Soaps, Body Butters, Lotions, Yarn, Roving, and much more...

Produce availability depends on weather conditions

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