Friday, August 2, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

National Farmers' Market week this year is August 4-10! For the past several years, the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has made a proclamation recognizing the importance of farmers markets. His proclamation states that farmers markets are important outlets for agricultural products, that they create an opportunity for consumers to find fresh, local and healthy foods, that farmers' markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems and revitalizing communities, and that an increasing number of farmers' markets are able to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) and WIC and Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Vouchers (FMNP)***. He them proclaims that because of the benefits that farmers markets add to society, the first week of Augusts is National Farmers' MArket week, a time to recognize and celebrate the farmers' markets in the United States.

***The Durham Farmers' Market is currently able to accept WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers. We are currently in the process of getting set up to accept SNAP and hope to be ready to start accepting by the fall.

We'd like to kick off National Farmers' Market week tomorrow at the Durham Farmers' Market. We invite you to come to the info table and write on the Durham Farmers' Market Wall of Fame. Tell us why you come to the Market and what you like about it. You can tell us about your favorite vendor or your favorite food or product that you enjoy from the Market. Then, next week, as a way to thank you for your dedication, we'll be giving about little Durham Farmers' Market fans. We'll bring as many as we can make, supplies may be limited, so come early to get one!

Another way that you can celebrate farmers' markets is to participate in the yearly I Love My Farmers' Market Celebration which is sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. Go to the link below, type in you favorite farmers' market (DFM, we hope!) and pledge to spend $10 at the Market. You can pledge once a day.

I Love My Farmers' Market Pledge

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

Saturday August 3, 10am - Kickoff of National Farmers' Market Week!

Wednesday August 7th, 3:30pm - Quick Dinners from the Market Demo - Matt Lardie of

Saturday August 10, National Can-It-Forward Day - look forward to a can good swap, canned good contest and raffles and giveaways!

Saturday August 10th, 10am - Chef in the Market - Chef Adam Rose, Il Palio at the Siena

Fresh this Week....
FRUITS: a few FIGS, Summer Apples, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Sun Jewel Melons, Blackberries, Blueberries, Peaches
VEGETABLES: FALL ASPARAGUS (very limited quanitity), BUTTER BEANS, PURPLE HULL PEAS, Amaranth Greens, Arugula, Beans (Green, Yellow and Purple), Beets, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards, Cucumbers, Edamame, Fresh & Dried Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Catnip, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Sorrel, Parsley), Eggplant, Frisee, Green Onions, Garlic, Gourds, Kale, Lambs Quarter, Lettuce, Long Beans, Okra, Onions, October Beans, Peppers (Bell, Padron, Shishto, Poblano, Jalepeno, Lombardo, Pepperocini, Yummy, and lots more varieties), Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Pumpkins, Radicchio, Salad Mix, Sweet Potato Greens, Swiss Chard, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, 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 GOAT milk cheeses.
PLANTS: Bedding, House, and Flower Plants.
FLOWERS: Lisianthus, Tuberose, Black Eyed Susan, Gladiolus, Echinacea, Sunflower, Dahlia, Lily, Zinnia, Mixed Bouquets
SPECIALTY ITEMS: RAW HONEY, 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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