This summer, in the span of one week, two of Durham Farmers' Market's farmers passed away. First, Gary Murray of Sunset Farm and a week later, Steve Mobley of Meadow Lane Farm (and the Durham Farmers' Market president) followed. I spoke of both men in the newsletter, but it was hard to sum up the impact of their work and their lives while sorting through my own sadness.
Over the past several weeks, journalist Elizabeth Shestak has taken the time to learn more about both of these dedicated farmers and has written about them for the Life Stories column in the News and Observer. This morning, I encourage you to take a moment to read about these two incredibly hard working farmers and the positive work that they did to improve their land, small scale agriculture in NC, and the community.
To honor Steve's life, his wife, Martha, has set up the Steve Mobley Small Farmer Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be made c/o Marie Boyette, BB&T, P.O. Box 464, Louisburg, NC 27549.
TOMORROW AT MARKET
New this week: Persimmons! Both Asian Persimmons and Native Persimmons will be available. The Native Persimmons will be available for a shorter amount of time, the Asian varieties will be available through late November. Also, new this week - a limited quantity or Brussels Sprouts!
The first frost is predicted to happen TONIGHT and may have already happened further out in the country side! So, this may be the last week of tender summer vegetables such as eggplants, green beans, zucchini, field tomatoes, corn, melons, and peppers. Following the frost, we always have inventive farmers that grow small quantities of these in heated or unheated greenhouses. So, stock up before they disappear!
Finally, for the next few weeks at the Market's Info Table, we'll have the remainder of the free packets of pectin and salsa spices that we received with the Discover You Can grant from Ball Brand Jars this summer. We'll have them available until they run out so, come by and stock up for next years preserving projects!
See you at the Market,
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Saturday October 26th, 10:00-12:00 - Beer Brewing DemoThe folks from Bull City Homebrew will be on hand demonstrating how to brew seasonal beers. They will be brewing Pumpkin Ale using Market pumpkins. They will answer your questions and you can even stir the pot!
Saturday November 23rd, 10am - Chef in the Market! Amy Tornquist & Matt Lardie from Watts Grocery will be cooking and sampling some Thanksgiving-y dishes!
Mark your calendars!! TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26th - Pre-Thanksgiving Market, 2-5pm! Stock up with your local needs for your holiday meal. Also, Fickle Creek Farm is now taking orders for Thanksgiving Turkeys.
Fresh this Week....
FRUITS: Persimmons - Native & Asian Varietues, Scuppernong & Muscadine Grapes, Raspberries, Asian Pears
VEGETABLES: BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CARROTS, FENNEL, DAIKON RADISH, WATERMELON RADISH, Acorn Squash, Arugula, Beets, Bitter Gourd, Broccoli, Bok Choi, Butterbeans, Butternut Squash, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Edamame, Fresh & Dried Herbs (Basil, Catnip, Dill, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Sorrel, Parsley, Roselle), Eggplant, Frisee, Galangal, Green Beans, Green Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Gourds, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Kohlrabil, Lambs Quarter, Lettuce, Malabar Spinach, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, October Beans, Peppers, Potatoes, Pea Shoots, Pumpkins, Purple Hull Peas, Radishes, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Spaghetti Squash, Swiss Chard, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Turmeric, Turnips, Zucchini, and more
MEATS AND EGGS: Rabbit, 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: Tuberose, Celosia, Gomphrena, Dahlia, Zinnia, Mixed BouquetsSPECIALTY ITEMS: RAW HONEY, creamed Honey, Flour, Cornmeal, Grits, Baked Goods including Pies, Breads, Cookies & Pastries, Fermented Foods, Beer, Wine, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, WoolCRAFTS: 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