Friday, April 19, 2013
Every year, for a few weeks in the spring, we enter "Salad Season". Ever since the weather warmed up a couple of weeks ago, the lettuce plants that one farmer told me were "hugging the ground" for weeks have started growing in earnest! A quick look around the market tomorrow and you will see mounds of head lettuce, piles of arugula, spinach, tat soi, mizuna and other greens. Radishes, beets and carrots are starting to come back from a brief lull as well.
So, what's a local, seasonal eater to do? Eat lots of salads and get creative! Roast a chicken, pick up your favorite cheese, candy some pecans, chop up some strawberries or tomatoes, spice it up with some kim chi, whip up a dressing using your favorite jam or mustard. Gather whatever it is you like and eat it on top of some fresh, sweet salad greens. Throw in a piece of good bread and you've got a healthy, local, seasonal (and filling) meal!
TOMMORROW (and Wednesday!) at Market:
Local Storyteller Cynthia Raxter will be telling stories for kids (and adults) during the Market! Cynthia lives in Bynum and grew up on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina with 6 brothers and sisters and a big extended family. "Storytelling gives importance to our everyday lives." Cynthia says. "There is a place for stories about dragons and wizards, but there is a place for the everyday also. My stories reinforces to children that their day-to-day life is special."
Tomorrow, Cynthia will be telling stories from 9am-Noon on the Central Lawn under a big blue tent. She'll be telling stories about corn planting on the farm. Kids will have the opportunity to plant a corn seed and take it home with them.
On Wednesday, Cynthia will be telling stories under the Pavilion from 3:30 to 6:30. I'll let you know in the Wednesday newsletter what she'll be telling stories about! Learn more about Cynthia on Facebook or from this article in Chapel Hill Magazine.
See you at the Market, bright and early!!
Erin Kauffman, Market Manager
Upcoming Events and Spring Schedule
Saturday, April 20: Durham County Master Gardeners! Every month, the Master Gardeners will be available at the Market on the third Saturday of the month to answer all of your gardening questions.
Wednesday, April 24: Cynthia Raxter, Storyteller. Cynthia will return and tell stories from 3:30 to 6:30pm!
Saturday, April 27: Durham County Beekeepers, 8am-Noon
Want to learn about beekeeping and honey production? The Durham County Beekeeper Association will be at market with their display hive and lots of beekeeping information!
Fresh this Week....
FRUITS: A *few* STRAWBERRIES!
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