Signs of late summer are starting to show at the Market. One example is that this week, fig season is starting to take hold! Over the past few days, I've had several farmers tell me that their fig trees (bushes) are loaded with fruit this summer. Some folks are saying the bounty can be attributed to all of the rain that we have gotten this summer. I've also had a couple of farmers tell me that they are the proud owner of the "biggest fig bush you ever saw"! So, if you love figs, these next few weeks will be flush with the charming, sweet fruit!
Over the last couple of weeks, the quantity of butternut and delicata squash is starting to increase. Also, a few small sugar pumpkins have come to Market too. While these are often lumped into the category of "Winter Squash", they grow and are harvested in the late summer. The reason why they are so prevalent in the fall and winter markets is because that when they are held in the proper conditions, they store well for long periods of time. So, the bins and baskets of winter squashes that you will see at Market during the winter months are just now starting to be harvested. Farmers will harvest the different varieties of winter squashes for the next couple of months and then prepare them for storage so that they can supply you with nutritious vegetables in the winter time when growing fresh vegetables is more challenging.
Right now, as the figs and winter squash start to arrive at the Market, farmers are just starting to plant their fall greens. Fall crops, like kale, collards, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are get planted around mid-August, as the days shorten and the nights are a bit cooler. By late September and early October, the bounty of fall greens will begin!
TODAY AT MARKET!
Our canning education program continues today! Durham County Extension Agent, Nekeidra Morrison will demonstrate how to make and can Zesty Tomato Salsa! She'll make the salsa and then go through the water bath canning process step-by-step. If you have questions about canning, Nekeidra is a wealth of knowledge and will be able to answer your questions and help you feel more comfortable with your home canning process!
Wednesday August 14th, 3:30-5pm - Canning Demonstration! Learn how to make and can Salsa with Durham County Extension Agent Nekeira Morrison.
Saturday August 17th, 9:30am - HOMEFRIES Kids Cooking Class with Susan Sink, Tarheel Foodie This is our FREE cooking class for kid between the ages of 9 and 13. There are a few spots left in the class, so if you would like to sign your child up to take the class, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday August 21st, 3:30-5:30 - Chef in the Market Katie Coleman, Durham Spirits Co. Chef Katie will be demonstrating several ways to cook with Eggplant!
Fruits: PEARS, Figs, Summer Apples, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Watermelon
Vegetables: PURPLE HULL PEAS, DELICATA SQUASH, Arugula, Beans, Beets, Butternut Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions, Herbs (including Holy Basil, Cilantro, Stevia, Thyme, Oregano, and Greek Oregano, Marjoram, Dill, Holy Basil, Bergamot, Chammomille, Bay, Lemon Balm), Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Okra, Peppers - Sweet and Hot, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Pumpkins, Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Zucchini
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Pork
Eggs: Chicken and Duck Eggs
Flowers: Celosia, Gomphrena, Tuberrose, Lisiasnthus, Black Eyed Susan, Dahlia, Statice, Lilly, Sunflower, and mixed Bouquets
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