Over the past few weeks, I feel like all I've been talking about is how challenging this weather has been for farmers. So, this week, instead of continuing on that track, I'm going to update you on some of the work that has been going on behind the scenes at the Market. Every winter, the Market's board and staff has time to focus on projects that there is little time for during the busy Market season.
Presently, the Market's Board and staff are working on the following projects:
- Reviewing applications for new market vendors. The 2014 batch of new vendors will be announced next month!
- Overhauling and upgrading the Durham Farmers' Market website.
- Implementing a system so that our vendors can accept SNAP (formerly know as Food Stamps). This project has been in the works for a long time and our projected start date is in April.
- Hiring a new Assistant Market Manager.
Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Emily-Kate Hannapel, our new Assistant Market Manager! Emily-Kate graduated from NYU with a degree in Community Health and Food Studies. After graduating, she worked as the Outreach Coordinator at a small women's health clinic and natural birth center. Since moving to Durham two years ago, Emily-Kate has been a regular Market customer and has worked at several small food related businesses. Emily-Kate also started, with her partner, Laura, a small garden on Mangum St., Sweet Beet City Farm in 2013. They operated a small weekly farm stand and sold to a few area restaurants. Emily-Kate lives close to the Market with her backyard chickens and bees.
Emily-Kate will be replacing Shanna Bierman who has been our Assistant Market Manager since 2010. While she was working for us, she was also attending school at Watts School of Nursing. Last summer she graduated and became a Registered Nurse. Recently, she got a great job in the Mother Baby Ward at Durham Regional Hospital and has shifted her focus to her new fulltime job. We couldn't be more proud of her! Thank you, Shanna, your years of hard work and dedication to the Durham Farmers' Market!
Tomorrow at Market, our hardworking farmers, bakers and crafter will be bringing a good haul of winter produce, meats, artisan breads and food AND fresh, winter flowers!
See you at the Market,
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Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES: Arugula, Asian Greens, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cress, Collards, Daikon Radish, Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, Fennel, Fresh & Dried Herbs (Cilantro, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley), Garlic, Green Onions, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Potatoes, Napa Cabbage, Pea Shoots, Pumpkins, Radishes, Rutabega, Salad Mix, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Sweet Potatoes, Turmeric, Greenhouse Grown Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip Greens, Winter Squash, and more
MEATS AND EGGS: Pork, Beef, Quail, Lamb & Mutton, Bison, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon/Cabrito, Veal, Duck Eggs & Chicken Eggs
CHEESES: Fresh and aged COW and GOAT milk cheeses.
PLANTS: A few House Plants.
FLOWERS: Anemones, Poppies, Tulips, Stock, Mixed Bouquets, Dried Bouquets
SPECIALTY ITEMS: Gluten Free Baked Goods, Raw & Creamed Honey, Pasta, Flour, Cornmeal, Grits, Baked Goods including Pies, Breads, Cookies & Pastries, Fermented Foods, Beer, Wine, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Wool
CRAFTS: Pottery, 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