Friday, May 24, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

**Please Note: The Parking Lot on Foster Street, catty-corner to the Market, will be CLOSED tomorrow for the Doughman Race. Plenty of Parking can be found in the Farmers' Market parking lot, behind Morris Ridge on Morris Street and in other lots and streets around the neighborhood. Click HERE to see a map.**

There is so much happening at the Market tomorrow, I'm not sure where to even start...

First, with much anticipation we are very pleased to announce that Durham Farmers' Market finally has an ATM! It was installed yesterday and will be ready to use starting tomorrow!! It has been a work in progress for a long time and we are so happy that it is finally a reality. A portion of the fees charged at the ATM will be used to fund out EBT/SNAP (Food Stamps) program that we are currently working on. We hope to have that up and running by the end of the year. The ATM unveiling will happen at 7:50am!

Second, tomorrow, we'll have some special guests serenading us with beautiful music! From 10am to Noon, as a fundraiser for the Farmer Foodshare, the youth band from Iglesia Emanuel will be performing for us in the Leaf (the new-ish structure on the other side of Foster Street)! The Farmer Foodshare is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that connects people who grow food with people who need food. Every week, at farmers' market's around the Triangle, donation stations raise local funds at farmers' markets to buy top quality fresh local food for people at risk of hunger. Shoppers buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash and Farmer Foodshare volunteers buy and donate on shoppers behalf. Farmers also donate excess food.  The Durham Farmers' Market's Donation Station is a weekly fixture at the center of the Pavilion.

For the past few months, Iglesia Emanuel's Food Pantry has been the recipient of the food purchased with your donations to the DFM's Donation Station. Along with the everyday responsibilities of running a church, Iglesia Emanuel operates a food pantry for those in the Durham community that are food insecure. They also hold weekly dinners for folks that are in need of a warm meal and nourish their community. The youth band is very excited about providing entertainment to the community that has given so much to their community!

Finally, tomorrow morning at 9:30, we are kicking off our Discover You Can - Learn, Make, Share canning education program with our first canning demonstration of the summer! Assistant Manager, Shanna Bierman, will lead demonstrations on how to make No-Cook Freezer Strawberry Jam at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30. Each demonstration
will last about 20 minutes, she'll go through the process of preparing the berries, mixing the jam, and putting the jam into jars. Freezer jam is not sealed into the jars, once you've made it, it can be stored in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer for up to a year. There will be plenty of samples and recipes & free packets of pectin so that you can pick up some berries and make some at home!

Between demonstrations,  Shanna, she'll be on hand to talk about canning and the series of workshops, classes, and drawing that will be happening through out the summer. Tomorrow, our first drawing of the summer will be for Ball Blue Book Canning Guide! The demonstration and drawing will happen under the Pavilion near the DFM Info table and the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station.

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

Saturday May 25: Farmer Foodshare Benefit concert with the youth band from Emanuel Iglesia Church! The music will be located in the Leaf starting at 10am.

Saturday May 25: Discover You Can - Learn, Make, Share Canning Education Program Kick Off! 9:30-12 Shanna Bierman, DFM's Assisatant Manager will demonstrate how to make No-Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam. Samples, Freebies and a drawing for a Ball Blue Book Canning Guilde.

Wednesday May 29: Storytime with Cynthia Raxter, 3:30-5:30pm. Local storyteller Cynthia Raxter will be at Market telling stories to little (and big) kids about growing up on a farm in western NC.

Saturday June 1: Chef in the Market -- Chef Katie Coleman from Durham Spirits Co. will demonstrate several recipes using SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS! Recipes and samples available. Starts at 10am.

Saturday June 8: Chef in the Market - Chef Christy Quirk from Bull Street Gourmet and Market will be cooking with FENNEL! Recipes and samples available. Starts at 10am

Fresh this Week....
FRUITS: A *few* SOUR CHERRIES, Strawberries
VEGETABLES:  ARTICHOKES, ONIONS, POINTY CABBAGE, FRISEE, FAVA BEANS, Asparagus, Asian Greens (Bok Choi, Mizuna, Tat Soi), Arugula, Beets, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Greenhouse Grown and Field Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, English Shelling Peas, Fresh & Dried Herbs (Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley), Fennel, Green Onions, Green Garlic and Garlic Scapes, Gourds, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Napa Cabbage, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Radishes,  Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms,  Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Vitamin Greens, Zucchini, and more
MEATS AND EGGS:  Beef, Bison, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon/Cabrito, Lamb, Pork, Veal, Rabbit
Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs
CHEESES: Fresh and aged cow and goats milk cheeses.
FLOWERS & PLANTS: VEGETABLE and HERB SEEDLINGS including tomatoes; FLOWERS: Calendula, Lupine, Zinnia, Sunflowers, Peonies, Dutch Iris, Agrostemma, Batchelors Buttons, Sweet William, Icelandic Poppies; 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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