Month: March 2019

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the farmers’ market on Saturday, March 16!

Are you looking for tasty recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You can find almost all the ingredients you need to enjoy the holiday at the market, including meat, potatoes, cheese, and much, much more. Check out these recipes for inspiration and we look forward to seeing everyone wearing green at the market tomorrow.

Big news! The Main Season Market kicks off on Saturday, April 6 and we’ll return to our regular hours of 8:00 am-noon. This will be our 20th anniversary season and we’re excited to celebrate with you over the upcoming months. We’re planning several special events so save the date for our first event on April 20 from 9:00-11:00 am. Also, don’t forget to re-stock on your mid-week groceries at our Wednesday Market, which begins on April 17 from 3:00-6:00 pm. We have spring fever and cannot wait to jump back into the main season with you! Until then, prep your garden beds and enjoy the remaining weeks of stillness before the hustle and bustle of the spring season arrives.

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Spend your Saturday morning with your community on March 9!

March is well underway and we’re counting down the days until spring officially arrives on March 20. Even though the weather is a little colder than usual, now is the perfect time to prep your garden beds for all of the beautiful plant starts that will arrive at the market soon. It’s also the time to savor the hearty flavors of winter produce before the lighter textures and colors arrive in the warmer months.

Bundle up, grab your umbrella, and we look forward to seeing you at the market tomorrow. As a reminder, the winter market will operate through March 30 so enjoy the weeks that remain in this season. And don’t forget to spring your clocks forward one hour on Sunday when the time changes. See you soon!

What’s for dinner?
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Bowls

We love root veggie season and want to share one of our favorite recipes with your family! This recipe yields 2-3 servings and, even though this is a vegetarian meal, we encourage you to mix in your favorite meat to add even more protein to your meal. Enjoy!


Roasted Sweet Potato

  • 1 large sweet potato, peel and diced
  • Coconut oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Cilantro Cream Drizzle

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or skyr
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pinch of salt, garlic powder, and chili powder

Other Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Greens of choice (kale, spinach, lettuce, etc.)


Roasted Sweet Potato

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the diced sweet potato in the coconut oil and spices and lay it out in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Roast the sweet potato for 12-15 minutes or until it is fork tender.


  1. Rinse and drain the quinoa then put it in a medium sized sauce pan with the water. Bring the quinoa to a boil, then cover it with a lid and lower the heat to medium low.
  2. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes, until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from the heat and season the quinoa with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, lime juice, and cilantro.

Cilantro Cream Drizzle

  1. In a blender add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Assembling the Bowls

  1. In 2 or 3 serving bowls, lay a bed of greens (your choice!) on the bottom and divide the quinoa mixture.
  2. Top the quinoa with the black beans and roasted sweet potato.
  3. Drizzle the cilantro cream on top with a spoon. Enjoy!

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Try new recipes with your favorite winter veggies at the market on Saturday, March 2!

We absolutely love winter veggies at the Durham Farmers’ Market! The variety of greens can be used for salads, stir fry and sandwiches. Roasted sweet potatoes are a delicious staple in our weekly meals and can be used to make tasty pies or even muffins.

What we really enjoy during the winter is taking these veggies and making satisfying recipes that we can have in the fridge and eat during the week. This way, we know that we’re eating something that is both healthy and will warm us up after a cold morning outside. These enchiladas have sweet potatoes and kale in them, both easy to find on Saturday at the market! We usually finish these off in a couple of days but they freeze well if you want to make an extra batch to have as a freezer meal for busier days.

Winter veggies also lend themselves well to preparing ahead of time and making harvest bowls throughout the week. Think roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes on top of a bed of rice with a tasty dressing. The combinations are endless!

One of the best recipes we’ve tested this winter has been an amazing pad thai recipe. This meal replaces noodles with veggies and is a wonderful representation of so many tasty veggies that are grown by the fabulous farmers at the Durham Farmers’ Market!

We love to talk about food and recipes at the market. Our farmers are experts on preparing everything from collard greens to bison meat chili and enjoy sharing their recipes and getting to know YOU, our loyal market customers. We look forward to meeting you and talking about food soon.

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