Friday, March 8, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

The 2012 Farmer Foodshare numbers are in! In 2012, the total food collected at the Durham Farmers' Market through the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station totaled 3,689 lbs and total basket cash donations spent at Durham was $2,456.  

This year, the donations from the Farmer Foodshare are going to Iglesia Emanuel, a Hispanic congregation on Roxboro Road, that operates a community kitchen and food pantry; feeding and distributing groceries, now with fresh produce, to 40 families. Katy Phillips, the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station Coordinator told me that the staff at Iglesia Emanuel is grateful for the fresh food each week and is interested in collaborating with Farmer Foodshare to host a fundraiser at the Durham Farmers' Market. Together, we have started to plan a fun event during the Market, I'll definitely keep you posted as things come together!

For those of you who might not know about the Farmer Foodshare, it is local non-profit organization that raises funds and donations of fresh foods for people that are at risk of hunger or malnutrition. Every week, at the Durham Farmers' Market (and many other local Market's) volunteers set up a table and a jar for donations. Customers buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash and the volunteers buy and donate on their behalf. Then, the donated food is distributed to local agencies that increase food security. Since 2010, when the Donation Station started in Durham, 9,234 lbs of food have been collected and $5,776 in cash donations have been spent! You can find our Donation Station at the center of the Pavilion next to the Market's Info table.  To learn more about Farmer Foodshare, visit their website,

In addition to the Farmer Foodshare, for over 10 years, two hard-working and dedicated DFM customers, Ken and Lyn, have been dedicated to gleaning the food that is leftover at the end of Market. Every week, they fill up their truck with boxes of food from the Market and it is donated to the Urban Ministries Community Cafe on Liberty Street.  Urban Ministries mission is to meet emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter; and to help those who are homeless secure a home and the resources to stay there.

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 (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, Daffodils, 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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