Good, Local Food 12 Months a Year!
Current Market Hours
SATURDAYS: 10am to Noon
Summer Hours (8am-Noon) Start on April 5th!
WEDNESDAYS: Re-Opens April 16th!
The Durham Farmersí Market is an all local, producer-only market. Our 71 vendors, all of whom are located within 70 miles of the market, sell only items which they have produced.
The Durham Farmers' Market is held in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park!, 501 Foster Street in the heart of downtown Durham (click here for map and directions).
The Market is Open Year Round! On Saturday April 5th, the Saturday Market will switch to summer hours of 8am to Noon. The Saturday Market will operate in summer hours until the Saturday before Thanksgiving and then will switch to its winter hours of 10am-Noon. The Wednesday Market will re-open on Wednesday April 16th and will be open weekly from 3:30 to 6:30pm!
Please note: The Durham Farmers' Market does not allow dogs or other pets in the Market. Service animals are exempt from this rule. Thank you for your cooperation!
Upcoming Saturday Market Events
Saturday April 5th: Opening Day of the Market's 16th Season!
Chef Amy Tornquist of Watts Groceryand Hummingbird Bakery will help us kick off the new season as our Chef in the Market! Amy will be cooking and sample delicious local food creations from 10am-11:30am on the Marketís Central Lawn! Also, through the morning, the Spiritual Sound Brass Band will be serenading Market-goers on the east lawn of Durham Central Park!
Saturday April 12th: Chef in the Market - Katie Coleman, Durham Spirits Co.
Katie is a regular Chef in the Market and she will be making her first appearance of the season! Katie is known for making exquisite, yet simple creations with items from the Market. Stop by for a taste starting at 10am on the Market Lawn. And, you can learn about the event that she is doing in with TASTE the Event on Saturday April 26th.
Saturday April 12th: Storytelling by Cynthia Raxter, 9am-Noon
Pittsboro-based storyteller, Cynthia Raxter, will be telling tales of growing up on farm in the mountains of North Carolina. Her stories are great for kids of all ages!
Saturday April 19th: Durham County Beekeepers
The Durham County Beekeepers will be bringing their observation hive to the Market on Saturday April 19th just in time for the bees to start gathering nectar to make honey. Learn about beekeeping, honey production and enjoy watching the bees in their hive!
Saturday May 10th: Kids Tomato Seedling Giveaway, 8am-Noon
Bring your child to Market on this Motherís Day weekend and they can get a free Tomato Plant to grow this summer! The Durham County Master Gardeners will be there to give tomato-growing advice. Storyteller Cynthia Raxter will also be there telling stories about planting time on the farm!
Quick Dinners from the Market Series
Quick Dinners from the Market is a new cooking series at the Wednesday Market. Throughout the summer, local cooking instructors or chefs come to Wednesday Market to demonstrate how to make a fast and simple meal using in-season, Market-fresh ingredients. Recipes are always available at the demonstration.
The 2014 Schedule will be posted in early April!
Durham Home Fries Cookin' Team
The Durham Home Fries Cookin' Team is a class for kids age 9-13 who want to learn to cook with local food! The Home Fries meet the 3rd Saturday of the month from May-August on the central Market lawn under the big tent. Classes are led by different local cooking instructors and chefs who teach the kids how to shop for local ingredients, follow recipes, and basic cooking techniques, while having lots of fun in the process!
2014 Homefries Schedule Will Be Posted Soon!.
Classes start at 9:30am sharp on the third Saturday of the month. The class will meet on the Central Lawn area of the Durham Farmersí Market under the big tent. For more information about the class or to sign up your child, please email Erin.
Past teachers include Seth & Cece from Bull City Burger & Brewery, Chef Al and Students from The Art Institute of Durham's Culinary School, Chef Chuck Hayworth from Worth It Cafe, Marco Shaw from Piedmont, Phoebe Lawless from Scratch, Justin Rakes from Four Square Restaurant, Seth and Craig from Wine Authorities, Chef Aaron Vandemark from Panciuto and Fletch and Summer from Locopops!
Follow the Home Fries on their blog: durhamhomefries.tumblr.com
5th Annual Chef Challenge
Saturday October 5th, 2013
On Saturday, October 5th, three local chefs will compete for the title of Chef Challenge Champ! That morning, as they assemble at their stations, the secret ingredient will be unveiled then the chefs will shop the market for other ingredients to create a dish that features this year's secret ingredient! A panel of judges will sample each dish and determine this year's winner! Customers can taste the chef's dishes too and vote for their favorite as well. Everything gets started at 9am with the being announced around 11:30am!
This year's contestants :
Katie Coleman of Durham Spirits Co.
Mike Hacker of Pie Pushers
Justin Rakes of Salted Pig
Past Chef Challenge Champs
2012 Chef Champ: Billy Cotter, Toast
2011 Chef Champ: Billy Cotter, Toast
2010 Chef Champ: Billy Cotter, Toast
Past Chef Challenge Participants include Dave Alworth of Guglhupf Bakery, Patisserie and Cafe, Andy Magowan of Geer Street Garden, Christy Quirk of Bull Street Gourmet and Market, Justin Rakes of Four Square Restaurant, Chris Stinnett of Pop's, and Aaron Vandemark of Pancuito.
Our members are farmers, bakers, artisans, cheese makers, vintners, and crafters who travel twice a week to the Durham Central Park Pavilion to bring high quality food and crafts to our customers. We work to sustain the connection between growers, prepares, and eaters and to sustain the land, the environment, our businesses, and our community.
Currently, DFM is focusing on:
-Community educationóevents, cooking classes, demonstrations
-Raising the awareness of the market among the public, and
-Providing local, high quality food to a more diverse population
Come to the market. Bring a friend. Participate in Food Share. Volunteer. Help us create a dynamic community at the heart of Durham!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why shop at the Durham Farmersí Market? Oh, there are lots of reasons .
To see whatís in season, check out our Produce Calendar.
Saturdays 8am to noon, April through November
Saturdays 10am to noon, December through March
Wednesdays 3:30 to 6:30pm, Mid-April through Mid-October