Friday, April 12, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

Asparagus is back! A few days ago, I saw some asparagus growing in the Garden of Eatin' (the little garden right next to the Market) and today several of our farmers have reported (below) that asparagus is starting to grow on their farms too!

The sudden shift to warm, springlike weather means that other spring crops have finally started growing in the fields. Farmers have been able to get out into their fields to plant and cultivate both spring and summer crops. It won't be long before the variety and quantity of vegetables available at the Market increases dramatically. We've needed these warm days and nights for the crops to really take off and grow grow grow!

Tomorrow is the first ever COLLEGE DAY at DFM! The Durham Farmers' Market outreach committee has been working with the NC Central Green Team for the past few months. Through this collaboration, we've planned a fun event to encourage Durham's large population of college students to come to the Market and learn about loval food and agriculture. Starting at 10:30am tomorrow, a number of NCCU student groups (dancing, modeling, mimes and music) will provide us with some entertainment as students peruse the Market. There will be a big stage just north of the Pavilion where they will be performing. A number of farmers and vendors will be offering a 10% discount to people with student IDs from Durham's colleges - Duke, Durham Tech and NCCU!

And finally, the WEDNESDAY MARKET OPEN THIS WEEK!! This year, we have 4 new Wednesday Market vendors that will be selling with our regular Wednesday Market vendors. This year, Big Spoon Roasters, Imagine That Gluten Free, Tempeh Girl and Waterdog Farms will be at the Market. The Wednesday Market is open from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, weekly. I'll be sending out weekly newsletters on Tuesday afternoons with Wednesday Market specific information.

See you at the Market, bright and early!!

Erin Kauffman, Market Manager

Upcoming Events and Spring Schedule
Saturday April 13th: COLLEGE DAY with NC Central University and Duke University. We are excited to announce the first ever College Day at the Market! Dance Troups and Step Teams from both NCCU and Duke will entertain us as we welcome our local college students to get to know the Market.

Wednesday April 17th: WEDNESDAY MARKET OPENS! Meet our new vendors! Fun opening day events are still in the works!! Wednesday Market hours are 3:30 to 6:30, weekly.

Saturday, April 20: Kids Story Hour! Local storyteller Cynthia Raxter will be telling stories about corn planting on her families farm when she was growing up. While kids listen to stories, they can also plant a corn seed to take home! Stories start at 10am on the Market lawn. 

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:  ASPARAGUS, GREENHOUSE GROWN CUCUMBERS, Asian Greens (Bok Choi, Mizuna, Tat Soi), Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Creasy Greens, Dandelion Greens, Fresh & Dried Herbs (Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley), Green Onions, Green Garlic, Gourds, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Pumpkins, Radishes,  Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms (dried), Rhubarb,  Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens 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: VEGETABLE and HERB SEEDLINGS including tomatoes, Ranunculus, Tulips, Icelandic Poppies, Anemones, Landscaping Plants, House Plants 
SPECIALTY ITEMS: Creamed 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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