Month: July 2018

Eat the rainbow & stock up on your summer favorites at the market on July 28!

We hope you’ve been enjoying the flavors of the season! Now is the time of the year when you can literally eat the rainbow. You’ll find just about everything you need at the farmers’ market so be sure to stop here before visiting a grocery store. Plus shopping at the market is always fun!

Tomorrow we’re excited to host the Homefries Kid’s Cooking Class! Swing by the lawn to see what local foodie Susan Sink is whipping up with the young chefs. You’ll surely get some inspiration for a meal you can cook this week, too!

We’re happy to announce that the Durham Farmers’ Market has a brand new website!  We’ve been working hard to create a beautiful and useful website that everyone can enjoy. And we want to give a huge THANK YOU to the team at Registered Creative for creating such a fantastic new website for our community.

Also, you’ve probably heard about the challenges that farmers’ markets across the country are facing with the closure of the Novo Dia group, which is the company that we use to process SNAP/EBT transactions. One of our values at the Durham Farmers’ Market is to ensure fresh, local food is available to everyone in our community. We are proud to accept SNAP/EBT and Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.  We have been working closely with our partners at RAFI  and the Durham County Department of Public Health to address this situation. We want the community to know that there will be NO disruption in service at the Durham Farmers’ Market. We will continue to accept SNAP/EBT and customers will have the same experience at the market. In addition, all SNAP transactions will be matched up to $10 with our Double Bucks program. We are committed to ensuring that our community has access to fresh, local food. For more information, please e-mail us.

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Summer fruits and veggies at Wellness Wednesday!

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful week of rain and a change in weather! We look forward to seeing you rain or shine at the market today! The summer has been going by so quickly, it is sometimes easy to miss a new item at the market. Here is a delicious okra recipe created by one of our fabulous local foodie’s, Nicole Cardon.

Crispy Spiced Okra
With Roasted Garlic & Chili Aioli 

1 pound Okra, sliced in 1/8in thin rings
Olive Oil (or any mild tasting oil of your choice)

Spice Blend – combine in bowl, will make extra
3 teaspoons chili powder
1.5 teaspoons sweet paprika
1.5 teaspoon adobo seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Chili Aioli – Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth
1 cup homemade or your favorite store bought mayo
6-8 cloves of roasted garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili powder

Add enough oil to barely coat the bottom of a skillet preheated on medium heat. Make sure okra is completely dry and add it to the pan in one layer, be sure to not overcrowd. Cook in two or three batches if needed. Stir frequently and pan fry for 7-10 minutes or until brown and crispy. Transfer the cooked okra into a bowl with a slotted spoon to leave oil in pan and immediately add a teaspoonful of the spice blend. Toss to coat the okra and add more seasoning as needed. Drizzle aioli over spiced okra or serve on the side for cooking.

In case you missed it, the Durham Farmers’ Market has a new website! Check out all of the beautiful pictures and read about your favorite vendors! We also have plenty of amazing articles to browse, which will be updated often so make sure to check back in!

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Swing by for seasonal cooking demo on Saturday, July 21!

The summer is flying by and we’re looking forward to spending another Saturday morning with you and your family. We’re excited to welcome local foodie Nicole Cardon back for a seasonal cooking demo. Swing by the market lawn at 9:30 am to see what Nicole’s cooking and to pick up a recipe to make her simple meal at home. Also, the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all of your questions so give yourself a little extra time to spend at the market tomorrow.

We’re excited to announce that the Durham Farmers’ Market has a brand new website!  We’ve been working hard to create a beautiful and useful website that everyone can enjoy. And we want to give a huge THANK YOU to the team at Registered Creative for creating such a fantastic new website for our community.

Also, thank you to everyone who sampled tomatoes and participated in our annual celebration last week. The winner of Tomato Day is the sun gold! Congratulations to Mario and Martha of Meadow Lane Farm for winning this year’s celebration! And honorable mention goes to Maple Spring Gardens for their sun golds and Bluebird Meadows for their cherry tomato medley. And don’t forget to thank chef Kyle Wilkerson and the team from Heirloom Restaurant for slicing and dicing the tomatoes last weekend.

Finally, it’s time to register for the July 28 Homefries Kid’s Cooking Class! This event is for children ages 8-13 who want to learn to cook with seasonal produce and will be taught by local foodie Susan Sink.

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Join Heirloom Restaurant for Tomato Day on July 14 at 9 am

Your favorite day of the year is here – TOMATO DAY! Join us starting at 9 am as we celebrate one of the tastiest treats of summer. You’ll sample dozens of varieties of tomatoes and then vote for your favorite. Chefs Kyle Wilkerson and Candace Crank of Heirloom Restaurant in Roxboro will be leading the event so be sure to say “Hi!” and thank them for spending their morning with us.
Need a little cooking inspiration? Check out these recipes and chat with folks tomorrow about ways to prepare tomato dishes:
Also, we’re excited to announce that registration for the July 28 Homefries Kid’s Cooking Class is open! Check out this link and register today as the class is capped at 15 students. This class is for children ages 8-13 who want to learn to cook with seasonal produce and will be taught by local foodie Susan Sink. Class starts at 9:30 am sharp and usually lasts until 11:00 am. For more info, check out our website or e-mail us.

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Heirloom tomatoes tell a story

If you have been to the farmers’ market in the past few weeks, you have likely been drawn to the colorful displays of heirloom tomatoes. Red, purple, yellow, green, orange, pink – it’s a rainbow! Why are there so many colors and what exactly is an heirloom tomato?

Heirloom is a term used to describe any tomato plant that is openly pollinated by wind or bees and that has been growing for more than 50 years. The seeds have been passed down for generations due to their rich flavors and unique colors, shapes and sizes. Heirlooms have tender skin and an almost-perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. They are also full of vitamins A and C, fiber and minerals that support bone and cardiovascular health.

To understand why heirlooms have a different flavor than hybrids, you have to look at the plant. The more foliage a plant has in relation to its fruit, the better the flavor. Sugar and acid are made in the leaves so a large number of leaves means an abundance of both acid and sugar. Heirlooms yield fewer tomatoes per plant than hybrids, meaning that there is a better ratio of leaves per fruit on each plant. This is one of the reasons you may notice a taste difference between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes.

Each heirloom tomato tells a story. From its bumpy exterior full of deep cracks to it’s luscious, marbled interior, these tomatoes are works of art. In general, the darker the color, the more tart, and the lighter the color, the more sweet. Not sure what tomato to pick? Ask your farmer! Explain what you plan to cook and they can provide you with a recommendation.

Heirloom tomatoes are regional so you may see different varieties depending where your summer travels take you around the state, country or globe. Varieties you will see at the Durham Farmers’ Market include Cherokee Purple, Indigo Apple, Beefsteak, Carneros Pink, Red Zebra, Striped Cavern, Sweet Solano, Pineapple and Green Zebra.

Join us to celebrate the bounty of the summer season and to sample dozens of varieties of heirlooms at our Tomato Day celebration on Wednesday, July 11 from 3-5 pm and Saturday, July 14 from 9-11 am. We hope to see you there and that you continue to experiment with different heirloom varieties with your cooking this summer.