Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Today, our Discover You Can - Learn Make Share Canning Education Program will be focusing on the luscious, sweet, juicy peach crop that is coming into the Market! Durham County Extension Agent, Nekeidra Morrison will be at Market leading a demonstration of how to make No Sugar Peach Jam! Nekeidra will go through the steps of making the jam from start to finish including a demonstration of how to preserve the jam through a waterbath canning process. The demo will start at 3:30.
This week, I had the chance to talk to Ben Williams from Kalawi Farms (the peach farm that sells at Market), he told me that they are starting to harvest a variety of peach called Windblo, which is a freestone variety. He said that this variety is a favorite among customers because it is rich, juicy and one of the sweetest peaches of the summer. Right now, several freestone peach varieties are coming to the Market, including some white varieties. If you love the taste of summer peaches, now is a good time to start thinking about preserving some to enjoy during the summer months. Freezing, drying, canning, and jamming are good ways to bring back the flavors and feel of summer time during the dreary, chilly winter months!
Information about canning and preserving can be found at FreshPreserving.com
For the next couple of months, the American Farmland Trust, a great national non-profit that works to support farming in the United States, is holding the "I Love My Farmers' Market Annual Celebration". In the past, they have held a contest -- I've spent lots of time asking for your votes and we have gotten lots of votes and recognition for you, our beloved customers! This year, they are holding a celebration instead. They are asking people who love their farmers' markets to go to the website, choose their Market and pledge to spend $10 at the Market. People can pledge daily. The Durham Farmers' Market would love your pledge! To pledge, CLICK HERE
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Wednesday, July 24 - Canning Demonstration -- County Extention Agent, Nekeidra Morrison will demonstrate the process of making and canning low sugar Peach Jam. Demonstration runs from 3:30 to 5pm. There will be information about canning and packets of pectin to make jam at home available!
Saturday July 27 - Tomato Tasting! 9am - Noon. Chef Shane Ingram from Four Square Restaurant will host the tomato tasting. He and his crew will chop up lots of different varieties of tomatoes for you to sample and they will be cooking all kinds of dishes featuring the tomato! Lots to taste all morning long!
Wednesday July 31 - Storytime with Cynthia Raxter, 3:30-5:30. Local story teller Cynthia Raxter will be back to entertain kids of all ages with her stories!
Wednesday August 7th, 3:30pm - Quick Dinners from the Market Demo - Local blogger and cook Matt Lardie (greeneatsblog.com) will lead the Quick Dinners Demo on August 7th!
Fruits: FIGS, SUMMER APPLES, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Watermelon
Vegetables: PUMPKINS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, Artichokes, Arugula, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Collards, Eggplant, Frisee, Garlic, 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, Okra, Peppers - Sweet and Hot, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Radicchio, Radishes, Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Zucchini
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Pork
Chicken and Duck Eggs
Flowers: Celosia, Tuberrose, Lisiasnthus, Black Eyed Susan, Gomphrena, Dahlia, Statice, Lilly, Calendula, Sunflower, 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