Friday, February 21, 2014

This Week at the Durham Farmer's Market

This Week at the Farmers Market
Saturday Winter Hours: 10am-Noon

Today the weather couldn't be more different than it was at this time last week. Last Friday, we were digging out of snow and this morning, as I'm writing, there are strong thunderstorms moving through the area. Unfortunately, neither types of weather is particularly good for farming!
This morning, when I opened by email, I found a comprehensive article written by Chatham County-based Agriculture Extension Agent, Debbie Roos. She details the challenges that local farmers have dealt with during this exceptionally cold and harsh winter. Included are pictures and stories from last week's snow storm as well as, information about the effects of the extremely cold weather on winter vegetable production and harvests. She interviews Doug Jones, the owner of Piedmont Biofarm, a long time winter vegetable farmer at DFM. Debbie also includes information about how farmers who raise animals and livestock are faring through this harsh winter. It is totally worth a read: Farmers Don't Get Snow Days. 
On the bright side, the warmer temperatures this week and increasing day length have meant that many of our farmers are able to start planting their spring crops, both in and out of the greenhouses and high tunnels (unheated greenhouses)! Additionally, seeds for many summer crops have already been sown and are starting to germinate in snug, warm heated greenhouses. After the threat of frost has passed, these seedlings will be ready to plant outside. Before long, the Market will, once again, be teeming with bottomless piles of fresh vegetables.
This week, Market will be open from 10am-Noon. Look for a somewhat limited supply of winter vegetables, including tender veggies grown in greenhouses and storage vegetable, such as sweet potatoes and winter squash. And as always, a great selection of meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, other delicious treats, and FRESH FLOWERS (like the ones pictured above)!
See you at the Market, 
Erin Kauffman
Market Manager
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Fresh this Week....
VEGETABLES: Arugula, Asian Greens, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, 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, Radishes, 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 

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