Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This Wednesday at the Durham Farmers' Market

This fall, the Wednesday Market will be open for a couple weeks longer than usual! Instead of closing up this week, (the last week of September), it has been extended through the second week of October!

This year, people have asked me why the Wednesday Market season comes to an end when the Saturday Market stays open all year round. So, I have done some investigating about the origins of the Wednesday Market.

The Wednesday Market opened in the May of 2008. The reason for opening up a mid-week Market was two fold. It gave the farmers who sold at the Saturday Market a place to sell their highly perishable summertime harvests (think strawberries and tomatoes). It also gave customers and restaurateurs the opportunity to re-stock on these perishable summertime goodies during the middle of the week.

Over the past 5 years, the Wednesday Market has transformed from a convenient pit stop to pick up strawberries and tomatoes to a thriving mid-week Market that can stand on its own two feet. It has a selection that is similar to what is available on the Saturday Market, farmers that specialize in selling to the Wednesday Market, and specialty items that are only available at the Wednesdays. Not to mention, the Wednesday Market also has its own unique, laid-back vibe.

Both vendors and customers expressed interest in having the Wednesday Market  open for a longer into the fall. So, the Market's Board of Directors decided to give it a shot!  Instead of closing this week, the Wednesday Market will be open through October 9th. This winter, they will collect feedback from customers and vendors consider future changes to the Wednesday Market season.

It is looking a lot more like fall these days! Pumpkins, greens, ginger and turmeric will be available alongside the end of the summer produce.

Also, you can catch storyteller Cynthia Raxter! She'll be telling all-true stories about growing up on a farm from 3:30 to 6:30.

See you at the market!
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Available Wednesday!
Fruits: GRAPES - Scuppernong & Muscadine, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Watermelon
Vegetables: GINGER, TURMERIC, COLLARDS, RADISHES, KALE, TURNIPS,  Arugula, Beans, Beets, Braising Mix, Butternut Squash, Butter Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Edamame, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions, Herbs (Cilantro, Basil), Leeks, Malabar Spinach, Onions, Okra, Peppers - Sweet and Hot, Potatoes, Purple Hull Peas, Pumpkins, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Zucchini
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Pork
Eggs: Chicken and Duck  Eggs
Flowers: Celosia, Gomphrena, Tuberrose, Lisiasnthus,  Dahlia, Gladiolus, and mixed Bouquets
Specialty Items: Flour, Yellow & White Cornmeal, Grits,  Goat and Cow Milk Cheeses, Baked Goods - Breads, Pastries, & Pies, Preserves, Gluten Free Baked Goods, Nut Butters, Pasta, Herbal Teas, Herbal Salves,
Crafts:  Wood Crafts, Pottery, Goats Milk Soaps

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