Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This Wednesday at the Durham Farmers Market Wednesday Market

Happy 3rd of July! The Market WILL BE OPEN today, with our regular Wednesday hours of 3:30 to 6:30 in order to provide you with plenty of fresh, local meats, veggies, fruits, breads, and sweets for you Fourth of July celebrations!!

In the meat department, there will a wide range of cuts of beef and pork. There will be lots of steaks, sausages, bacon and even hot dogs! There will be whole chickens and chicken parts and even whole ducks. For the vegetarians, there will be tempeh which is great for tomorrow's grilling festivities.

With the summer heat and ample rain, summer time fruits and vegetables are coming into the Market in full speed ahead! Lots of corn, beans, cucumbers, squash & zucchini, onions, and potatoes will be there. Limited, yet ample, quantities of tomatoes, okra, eggplant, tomatillos, sweet and hot peppers. This past Saturday, there were lots of melons at Market - mostly cantaloupe - but also the first few watermelons of the summer.

With the bones of your holiday meal coming together in the meat and veg departments, we will also have an ample supply of herbs, breads, sweets, pasta, honey, eggs, flour, preserves, nut butters and cut flowers!! At the Durham Farmers' Market, we strive to make it possible for you to create well rounded, healthy, and delicious meals using products from the Market!

Thanks for supporting your 100% local, North Carolina, American farmers' market! It doesn't get much more patriotic than that! Have a happy Fourth of July!

Today during the Market, we will be holding our second hand-on small, canning workshop! Today, participants will learn how to make Blueberry Jam from the Market's own Amy Sugg of Bonlee Grown Farm! There is ONE OPEN SPOT! If you are interested in participaing, please email me at The cost for the workshop is $5 per person and you'll get to take home a jar of freshly made blueberry jam and the knowledge of how to make more at home!

You may wonder why we are doing these canning workshops. Well, the Market was lucky enough to receive the Discover You Can- Learn Make Share Canning Education Grant from Ball Jars and the Farmers' Market Coalition.  We received lots of great things to give 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, we will be raffling off a copy of the Ball Blue Book of Preserving! This book is a great resource for anyone who is interested in home canning!
Another great resource is the Ball Website - where you will find step by step instructions and helpful videos.

Here is the current DEMONSTRATION schedule:
Saturday July 20, 9am - Blueberry Jam with Shanna (DFM's Assistant Manager)
Wednesday July 24, 3:30pm - Peach Jam with Nekeidra Morrison (Durham Co. Extension Agent)
Wednesday August 14, 3:30pm - Zesty Salsa with Nekeidra
Saturday August 31, 9am - Tomato Salsa with Shanna

See you at the market!
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Available Wednesday! 
Fruits: BLACKBERRIES, WATERMELON, Cantaloupe, Blueberries, Peaches, Raspberries
Vegetables:  PEPPERS - sweet and hot, TOMATILLOS, EGGPLANT, OKRA, BEANS - Green, Purple & Yellow, CHERRY TOMATOES, FIELD TOMATOES, Artichokes, Asian Greens Arugula, Beet Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Collards, 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, Summer Squash, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Pork
Eggs: Chicken and Duck  Eggs
Flowers: LISIANTHUS, BLACK EYED SUSANS, GOMPHRENA, DIANTHUS, DAHLIA, Statice, Lilly, Calendula, Sunflower, Godetia, Snapdragons and mixed Bouquets
Plants:  Vegetable and Herb Seedlings, House Plants, Landscaping Plants
Specialty Items:  RAW HONEY!, 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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