Friday, April 26, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

Sugar Snap Peas are back!
That's right, another spring crop is starting to trickle back into season!! There won't be many at Market tomorrow, so if you want to pick some up, I'd suggest that you get to Market on the early side.

Along with the arrival of sugar snap peas, this weekend is another spring benchmark: The 18th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour! We are so lucky to live in a place where there are lots of opportunities through the year to visit the local farms that sell at our farmers' markets! Farm tours are a great opportunity to see your food growing, ask your farmers questions about how they produce and animals, and build a very close connection to your food. That is something that you can't get at a grocery store!

The Piedmont Farm Tour covers Person, Orange, Alamance and Chatham counties. The farms will be open to tour on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. To tour the farms, you can purchase a farm tour button and that gives one carload of people the ability to tour as many farms as possible! This year 14 DFM farms will be open on the tour and one of our bakers will be baking!

Call for Volunteers! The Farmer Foodshare Donation Station is looking for volunteers this summer. If you are interested, contact Katy Phillips, the Donation Station Coordinator for Farmer Foodshare.
You can contact her at For more information about Farmer Foodshare, check out

See you at the Market, bright and early!!
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Upcoming Events and Spring Schedule

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!
ALSO TOMORROW: Kids Music by Loony Toonz on the Market lawn.

Wednesday May 1: Quick Dinners from the Market Cooking Demo starting at 3:30pm. Local cooking instructor, Anne Everitt will be leading the first Wednesday Market cooking demo of the season! She'll demonstrate a quick meal that you can make using Market ingredients. Stop by for a taste and a recipe!

Saturday May 4: Spiritual Sound Brass Band is BACK! They will be playing on the Market lawn starting at 11am!

Saturday May 11: Kids Tomato Seedling Day! Every year, the farmers set aside some tomato seedlings for kids to take home and learn about growing a garden. On Saturday May 11, kids can pick up a tomato seedling and get growing instructions from the Master Gardener Volunteers and then hear stories about growing and eating tomatoes from local storyteller Cynthia Raxter!

Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES:  SUGAR SNAP PEAS!, SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS, Asparagus, Asian Greens (Bok Choi, Mizuna, Tat Soi), Arugula, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Greenhouse Grown Cucumbers, 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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