Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market Wednesday Market

A few weeks ago, I told you that DFM received a grant from the Farmers' Market Coalition and Jarden Home Brands (makers of Ball Jars) to participate in the Discover You Can - Learn, Make, Share canning education program. We kicked off our canning education program at the end of May with demonstration of how to make Strawberry Freezer Jam. Since then, we have been organizing a great series of demonstrations and hands-on canning workshops that start today with a demonstration of how to make and can Dilly Beans by Nekeidra Morrison, our Durham County Extension Agent! The demonstration starts at 3:30 this afternoon.

At each demonstration, the instructor will go through the process of making the recipe that will be canned and then talk through the process of water bath canning it. Some instructor will even can the items on site! Recipes and information on canning will be provided at the demos.

Here is the current DEMONSTRATION schedule:
TODAY at 3:30pm! Dilly Beans with Nekeidra Morrison
Saturday June 29, 9am - Kosher Dill Pickles with Shanna Bierman (DFM's Assistant Manager)
Saturday July 13, 9am - Blueberry Jam with Shanna
Wednesday July 24, 3:30pm - Peach Jam with Nekeidra
Wednesday August 14, 3:30pm - Zesty Salsa with Nekeidra
Saturday August 31, 9am - Tomato Salsa with Shanna
Along with the demonstrations, we are also working on a series of small group, hands-on workshops led by Market vendors. At the workshops, participants will go through the process of preparing and cooking the recipe to be canned. Then either talk through or actually can the recipe using the water bath canning method. The workshops cost $5 and each participant will go home with a jar of canned goods made by the instructor as well as what you worked on in the class.

The first of these workshops will be taught by APRIL MCGREGER, the owner of Farmer's Daughter Pickles and Preserves! April will teach the group the Basics of Pickle Making! The workshop is next Wednesday, June 26th from 4-5pm. There are a few spots that are still open. If you would like to register, please email me (Erin) at

There are several other workshops in the works, if you would like to be added to the email list to receive more information about the workshops, please email

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With the grant, we received lots of great things to give away to you. Most week's at the information table or next to the demonstrations, you will find information about canning, coupons for canning supplies, packets of pectin for no cook freezer jam, cooked jam, and low sugar jam, and spice packets to make Kosher Dill Pickles and Tomato Salsa!

And there are raffles (free ones!)! This week, during the demonstration, we will be raffling off a Ball Canning Discovery Kit! The kit contains a rack, 3 pint jars and a recipe book. To enter, put your name and email address in the big glass jar!

See you at the market!
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Available Wednesday! 
Fruits:  BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, PEACHES, first few Blackberries!
Vegetables:  EGGPLANT, OKRA, BEANS - Green, Purple & Yellow, CHERRY TOMATOES, Artichokes, Asian Greens (Bok Choi, Tat Soi, Mizuna), Arugula, Beet Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Collards, Fennel, Frisee, Fresh Garlic and Garlic Scapes, Green Onions, Herbs (including Holy Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Oregano, and Greek Oregano, Marjoram, Dill, Holy Basil, Bergamot, Chammomille, Bay, Lemon Balm), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Napa Cabbage, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Radicchio, Radishes, Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Sugar Snap Peas, Summer Squash, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Pork
Eggs: Chicken and Duck  Eggs
Flowers: DAHLIA, Statice, Lilly, Calendula, Peonies,  Sunflower, Godetia, Snapdragons and mixed Bouquets
Plants:  Vegetable and Herb Seedlings, House Plants, Landscaping Plants
Specialty Items:  RAW HONEY!, Tempeh, Mustards, Flour, Yellow & White Cornmeal, Grits,  Goat and Cow Milk Cheeses, Baked Goods - Breads, Pastries, & Pies, Preserves, Gluten Free Baked Goods, Fermented Items, Nut Butters, Pasta, Herbal Teas, Herbal Salves,
Crafts:  Wood Crafts, Pottery, Goats Milk Soaps

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