Friday, August 23, 2013

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Market

It has been an emotionally difficult week at the Durham Farmers' Market. Sadly, we lost two members of the farmers' market community.

I reported in the Wednesday Market newsletter that Gary Murray of Sunset Farms passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

Then, on Thursday morning, I received the shocking news that Steve Mobley of Meadow Lane Farm died on Wednesday night. Steve was not only a dedicated farmer, but for the past several years, he has been serving on the Market's Board of Directors and was serving as the president this year. I've had the absolute pleasure of working closely with Steve on many projects throughout the past few years. His dedication to the Market, leadership, vision, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. He always said that coming to the Market was the highlight of his week. He loved the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and getting to see and know all of the customers that come to the market.

Steve's wife Martha told me that there will be a memorial service for Steve at their farm this Sunday at 3pm. She would like to extend the invitation to all who knew and loved Steve to come to the farm and share stories to celebrate his life. The address is 571 Leonard Farm Road, Louisburg, 27549.

This week, while keeping their families in our thoughts, we will carry on with the spirit of our two farmer friends and the Market will continue on. Both of these men loved farming, they loved their farmers markets, and like true farmers, they knew that work on the farm continues no matter what else is happening.

Tomorrow at Market ... We are welcoming all Durham's college students back to town for the new school year! The Market has been collaborating with the NCCU Green Team and we have put together a Fall College Day Celebration at the Market. Starting at 10, there will be a number of performances and tables from NCCU student groups on the lawn. We will have a healthy, local, and budget conscious cooking demonstration by Nekeidra Morrison, our local  Durham County Extension Agent. And, to welcome students back to town, many vendors will offer a 10% discount to students with their student IDs.

Oh, and also, Scuppernong Grapes are just starting to come into season. So, if you are looking for those, get to Market early!

See you at the Market,
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Upcoming Events

Saturday August 24th Fall College Day! Next Saturday we'll be welcoming all of Durham's college students back to town! Many of our vendors will be offering a 10% discount with a college ID. Several student groups from NCCU will be performing, there will be a healthy cooking demo with Nekeidra Morrison, our local Durham Co. Extension Agent, and the Spiritual Sound Brass band will get it all started at 9am.

Wednesday August 28th, Storytelling by Cynthia Raxter!

Saturday August 31st, 10am  CANNING DEMO! Assistant Market Manager will demonstrate how to make and can yummy Tomato SALSA!

Saturday & Sunday September 21& 22, 1-5pm both day - Eastern Triangle Farm Tour! This year's tour includes the following DFM vendors... Meadow Lane Farm, SEEDS, Wild Scallions Farm, Spain Farm, and Vollmer Farm along with 22 other great farms in Durham, Granville, Wake, Franklin and Chatham Counties! More info & tickets:

Fresh this Week....
FRUITS: SCUPPERNONG GRAPES, Apples, Figs, Pears, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peaches
VEGETABLES: MALABAR SPINACH, Amaranth Greens, Arugula, Beans (Green, Yellow and Purple), Beets, Bitter Gourd, Butterbeans, Butternut Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, 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, Peppers, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Pumpkins, Purple Hull Peas, Salad Mix, Sweet Potato Greens, 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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