Friday, November 8, 2013

This Week at the South Durham Farmers' Market

This Week at the Market

  • Open 8am-Noon o Saturdays in Greenwood Commons, 5410 Hwy 55
  • Education: Johanna Schaaper on planting gardens for the Monarch butterfly
  • Music: Kaitlin Payne
  • Fresh this Week: Carrots, Cabbage, Turnips, Green Onions, Kale, Radishes, Sweet Potatoes and more.

We Need Your Feedback!
It is time for the Second Annual SDFM Customer Survey! We are a young farmers' market, and we need your feedback to help us meet the needs of our community. The survey should only take ten minutes to complete. From everyone at SDFM, thanks for your continued support!

Special Market Date!

Get it While it's Hot: Ginger
The point at which a fruit or vegetable is harvested makes all the difference in its flavor, and this holds especially true with baby ginger root.

The last few weeks you might have noticed the beautiful creamy colored pink-tipped roots overflowing the basket on Sassafras Fork Farm’s table. This root looks substantially different from the brown, thick-skinned ginger available at your local grocery store. This is because baby ginger is harvested 3-4 months earlier than the mature ginger at the store, and while it still possesses heat, the young'un doesn't require any peeling.

The tenderness of baby ginger lends the root especially well to pickling and candying. In fact, this weekend Two Chicks Farms will be bringing jars of sweet and spicy pickled carrots n’ ginger to the market. To satisfy a sweet tooth, you can easily make candied ginger, which has the benefit of preserving your ginger for weeks to come.

To ensure a ready supply of local baby ginger, stock up now. This is the last week Sassafras Fork has ginger, and S&H Farm will have your ginger needs covered for just a little while longer. Whatever roots you can’t use immediately, just place in a zip-lock bag and freeze. You will thank your past self when you are munching on extra zesty gingerbread in December, sipping hot teas in January, and spooning Thai soup in February.

Also, fresh ginger will certainly help you celebrate the obscure, but no less awesome Cook Something Bold Day!

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