Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market Wednesday Market

This afternoon, Chef Katie Coleman, the owner on and instructor at Durham Spirits Company will be coming to Market to do a cooking demonstration. Before Katie comes to cook at the Market, we brainstorm together to pick out a vegetable that is heavily in season and then she devotes her cooking demo to feature that vegetable. In the past, she has shown us creative ways to use green beans, radishes, okra, shiitake mushrooms and rhubarb.

Months ago, we decided that for this demonstration, she'd focus on eggplant. But, this summer has been so cool and the weather has been so unusual that the eggplant that usually is coming into Market by the truck load at the end of August is, instead, coming to us in much smaller quantities. So, Katie may cook with some eggplant and she may improvise with what is at Market today! No matter what, Katie's cooking demos are always very informative. She will start chopping veggies around 3:30 and she'll take us step by step through a couple of simple, tasty recipes using vegetables that will be available at market TODAY! Stop by for a little cooking lesson, a taste and take a copy of the recipe home with you.

Also, starting today, we will have a Wednesday Market Farmer Foodshare Donation Station! Every week, at the Saturday Market, the Farmer Foodshare sets up a donation station where you can donate some cash or a fresh food donation. The money that is donated buys fresh food at Market that day. Then the food that has been purchased and donated is then donated to local non-profits in the area that get the fresh food to people in the community who need it. We are excited to have them at the Wednesday Market as well! If you are unfamiliar with the great work that the Farmer Foodshare does, stop by the table to learn more or check out their website:

Finally, the summer long National Farmers' Market Celebration is coming to an end soon. The American Farmland Trust is encouraging people to pledge to spend $10 at their favorite farmers' market. So, if you get a chance, hop on over to their website and pledge! You can pledge once a day. Thanks!! Farmers' Market Celebration

This week, Gary Murray of Sunset Farms passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Gary only occasionally came to the Durham Farmers' Market, but when he did, it was hard to miss his warm, happy presence. His son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jamie Murray, along with their crew represent Sunset Farms at the Durham Farmers' Market every Wednesday and many Saturdays. Gary was a farmer all of his life and he will certainly be missed in the farming community. You can read more about Gary here.

See you at the market!
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Upcoming Events 

TODAY! 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 and Peppers!

Saturday, August 24 COLLEGE DAY! The Durham Farmers' Market, along with NC Central is hosting College Day to welcome all of the students back to Durham! Starting at 9:30, there will be performances by the Spritiual Sound Brass Band and several NCCU Student Organizations. There will be simple and tasty cooking demonstrations from NC Cooperative Extension. And a bunch of vendors will be offering a 10% discount to people with college IDS!

Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-6:30 - Storytelling by Cynthia Raxter!

Saturday, August 31st, 9-11am - CANNING DEMO - Assistant Market Manager, Shanna Bierman will be demonstrating how to make and can tomato salsa! There will be lots of give aways and a raffle for canning items.

Available Wednesday! 
Fruits: Pears, Figs, Summer Apples, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Watermelon, Ground Cherries
Vegetables: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Butternut Squash, Butter Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions, Herbs (Cilantro, Basil), Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Okra, Peppers - Sweet and Hot, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Purple Hull Peas, 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

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