Friday, March 15, 2013

This Week at the South Durham Farmers' Market

This Week's Highlights:
  • Notes from the South Durham Farmers' Market
  • Eat Local for the ACC!
  • New Vendors!
  • At Market this Week

Notes from the South Durham Farmers' Market
A Farmer's To-Do List Preparing for Spring

By: Maggie Smith

Sleep in until 5:30

Be happy the freeze alarm didn't go off in the middle of the night

Eat breakfast

Check email

Check the insane excel spreadsheet that is your planting schedule... (read more)

Eat Local for the ACC!
Regardless of which team you support, most of us celebrate ACC weekend with some of our favorite fare - hot dogs, barbecue (especially in Carolina!), nachos, and chicken wings. I want to encourage you to make this ACC Weekend a LOCAL one. Making chicken nachos? Use leg quarters or breasts from Walter's Unlimited. Making barbecue? Grab a pork shoulder, or other pork roast from Green Button or Fickle Creek Farm.

Try some vegetarian options too, like braised green panini or sweet potato goat cheese puffs with sweet potatoes from Parker Farm & Vineyard or Pine Knot, and goat cheese from Hillsborough Cheese Company. Oh, did I mention we set up an ACC Pinterest Board with some of our favorite recipes using local ingredients? (Click Away, Sports Fans)

New Vendors!
We have a great new selection of folks coming to market this coming season, along with your inaugural favorites. We are particularly excited about the new Cooperative of Homegrown cityfarms, Angier Avenue Neighborhood Farm (Bountiful Backyards), and Commonplace Cooperative! These three urban Durham farms will be providing a wonderful array of new and interesting produce, fruits, and knowledge (like how to plant fruit trees via Bountiful Backyards folks, and Maryah of Homegrown is an awesome woodworker) to the SDFM community.

So many other amazing new people that will be highlighted in different ways in the coming weeks: LocoPops, Aidas Turnovers, S&H Farm, Down 2 Earth Farms, Dig It Farm, Better Be Ellerbe Peaches, Chappells Peaches, Good Grace's Homemade Dog Treats, Shorganics, Slim on Soup, Open Door Farm, Mommo's Sweet Potato Pie, and the return of your favorites from this past year!

Remember, that THE Local Foods Event of the season, our first ever Spring Harvest Dinner will be at Pop's Backdoor on Sunday, April 14th at 6pm! Menu (Coming VERY Soon) sourced from our producers and farmers that you see each week (including the new members listed above). Buy tickets NOW and find more information here! You can also save $3 in processing fees and buy your ticket at market on Saturdays (just find Ben, market manager with a red beard).  

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