Month: October 2022

Market is OPEN October 29, 8 am – 12pm!

Celebrate Halloween Weekend with Us!

What a beautiful month it has been! Everywhere we look we’re seeing Durham light up with bright fiery red and gold leaves on the trees, decorations commemorating Día de los Muertos and Halloween on front porches, and the colorful rainbows of red and gold beets, purple carrots, orange sweet potatoes, pink-tipped ginger, multi-colored pumpkins and gourds, and dazzling greens that burst onto the scene this gorgeous fall. We can’t think of a better way to wrap up October than by celebrating with good food, fun costumes, and creative (and sustainable!) art projects at the market this weekend. It’s going to be spooooktacular!

Check out the list of activities below, and click on the newsletter link at the bottom of this post to find out what our vendors are bringing to market this week!


Product Sneak Peek:

This is the season for warm, nourishing broth and stews. Check out our pastured meat producers like Meadow Lane, Fickle Creek, Stoney Mountain Farm, Brinkley Farms, Misty Morning Ranch, and Sunset Ridge Buffalo for lots of options for bone broth and hearty stews, or pick up veggies that are perfect for a vegetable broth.

Sarah’s House of Clay announced that their kiln is up and running! We can’t wait to see what beautiful pottery she brings to market in the new couple of weeks!

Back to school sniffles bringing you down? Catch herbalists from Full Flower Herbs and Cultivating Resistance Herbals this weekend with lots of immune boosting products.

Phoenix Farm is back and you can catch them and our other produce vendors with lots of colorful produce to spice up your weekly meals.


Activities This Week:

* Vote for your favorite in our Vendor Costume Contest!

* Watch a cooking demonstration with Chef Seth from Pompieri Pizza and sample some delicious eats

* Learn how to make stamps using fresh fall fruits & veggies and make some fun art at the kids craft table!

* Enjoy Market Music provided by the one and only Stephan Hermann

* Get a festive fall or spooky Halloween themed poem from the Poetry Fox


Grab your costume, pick up a hot coffee, and join us for a fun day!


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When: Saturday, October 29, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN October 22, 8 am – 12pm!

A Chill in the Air & Fall Colors Abound!

Well folks, we’ve officially had our first freeze of the season. While we de-frosted our windows and noticed our cold breath on the air, we thought about our farmers, and their crops and outdoor plants. This freeze was a very mild one, but it made us wonder what techniques our farmers are using this year to protect their produce, flowers, and animals from frost, and what cold-hardy delights we’ll see more of as the weather turns. This autumn, we hope you’ll grab your coziest jackets, come sip on a hot coffee, and strike up a conversation with your favorite farmer or creator about what the cold season means for them.

Late market mornings a little busy for you sometimes? Here’s a secret – these chilly fall mornings are the perfect time to get here early, beat the lines, and get your favorite pick of the goodies on offer. Plus, you just can’t beat sunrise over the Durham Central Park, wow.


What’s Coming to Market This Week?

If you really want to drool over all the the beautiful bounty coming to market this week, click on the newsletter link at the bottom of this page for a full rundown of vendors and some of their weekly items!

Here is just a teaser of new and seasonal items to expect: PUMPKINS!; Bok Choy Kimchi; Beet & Ginger Soup; Thai Roasted Squash; Beef Brisket, Ribeye, Roasts, and Ribs; Sweet Potatoes; Herb Infused Vinegars; Fire Cider; Holiday Gift Ideas for Pre-Order; Medicinal Mushroom Medley; Rwandan Honey-Process Coffee; Award-Winning Jams; Fresh Pastured Berkshire Pork; Fall Squash; Cabbage; Persimmons; Fresh Ginger; Potatoes; Late Season Dahlias; Native Plants; Pumpkin Spice Mead; Savory Hand Pies; Golden Chai Kombucha; Heirloom Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancake Mix; Fresh Hot Tamales; and A LOT more.


This Week’s Activities:

* Market Music by Reed Stutz! Check out his music here!

* Live Poetry by The Poetry Fox!

Upcoming Events:

* Halloween Weekend at the market, next week, October 29th! See what fun and spoooky characters you’ll find behind the market tables as we celebrate with a market vendor Costume Contest, and join in on some festive activities. So don your capes & cat ears and come celebrate with us!


See you tomorrow!


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When: Saturday, October 22, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN October 15, 8 am – 12pm!

The market is OPEN this Saturday, 8am-12pm!

There is always something new and exciting coming to the tables at the market, whether that is flourishing fall produce, new chocolate truffle recipes, seasonal kombucha releases, cozy take-home meals from one of our chef vendors, or the freshest pastured meats.

One of the best things about shopping at the market every week is the fresh inspiration that chatting with our farmers and creators about their exciting new offerings give us for our weekly meals, our home gardens, and our gift giving!

NC Food Programs at the Market

Something else that makes us so excited to spend every Saturday with you in this unique space is the way that the whole community can come together to support our local businesses and receive essential nutritious groceries. This week we highlighted our SNAP/EBT benefits at the market, and how funds from this program have helped support the market businesses as well as local customers.

Over the last 3 years, DFM customers have spent $67,314.00 on fresh groceries at the market through the SNAP/EBT program! And thanks to Double Bucks customers, $99,555.50 worth of fresh fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, breads, and more has been purchased at our market vendor booths in the last 3 years. That’s a lot of fresh, locally grown goods!

We are thankful for sponsors of the Double Bucks program for supporting local access to foods that grow strong communities and for all the SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Voucher customers that choose to shop at the market and support their local producers.

If you’d like to know more about this program or our community partners in Durham and the surrounding counties that help it all happen, find us at the info booth on Saturdays, or send us a message. We love to talk about these glimpses of community-run, local food systems working at their best!

What’s coming up at market this week?

* Look for lots of pumpkins and fall-inspired goods to take home for an extra cozy start to your autumn festivities & Halloween parties!

* This week’s Market Music is provided by the Patrick McGrew Trio. They’re sure to delight!

* The Poetry Fox will be here with his typewriter to provide inspiring, personalized poems!


For all this info and a look at our vendors, check out the link below. See you Saturday!


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When: Saturday, October 15, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Wednesday Market is OPEN Today, October 12, 3pm – 6pm

Join us TODAY for our last Midweek Market of the season!

It’s been wonderful to spend Wednesday afternoons with you this season. Wednesday Market will be back in April, and until then you can bet we’ll be here Saturdays from 8am-12pm throughout the year. Thanks to everyone who has come to support the midweek market this season, and for shopping locally for your fresh produce, local meats, and goods.

Special thanks to the Museum of Life and Science for joining us with kids activities throughout the season. Visit their table from 3-5pm today and learn all about the various root systems of plants!

Thanks also to our talented musicians who have come out to delight us with some incredible tunes. This week, Stephan Hermann will be providing market music!

So what’s available at market today? Check out the link below to find the list of vendors coming to market today! And here are just a few of the things you’ll want to come scoop up and take home this week: Persimmons, beets, salad turnips, butternut squash, bok choy, spinach, late season watermelon, kale, collards, sweet potatoes, fall squash, classic and mini eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, cantaloupe, apples, pears, okra, pumpkins, tomatoes, jams, flower bouquets, bacon, hot dogs and sausages, canned dry & barrel-aged and bottled ciders, freshly baked sandwich bread, baguettes, and sweet and savory pastries…oh my! More than a few. Be sure to join us today for all these and more, and make your midweek extra special!


Thanks for supporting the DFM Wednesday Market!


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When: Wednesday, October 12, 3pm – 6pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN October 8, 8 am – 12pm!


Happy Friday, Durham! We’ve caught those weekend vibes and can’t wait to spend Saturday morning with you!

Did you know you can pretty well stock your pantry, fridge, freezer, and source wonderful, locally created gifts for your loved ones, all in one stop at the market? In addition to a beautiful array of late summer produce like tomatoes, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloup, sweet and hot peppers, cucumbers, okra, & early fall offerings like butternut squash, romaine lettuce, persimmons, apples, pears, beets, carrots and pumpkins, you’ll want to check out all of our local artisan products & pasture raised meats. All produced within 70 miles of market, and many right in Durham!


These are just a few of the vendors you’ll want to get to know:

Pastured Meat:

  • Stoney Mountain Farm – Lamb
  • Misty Morning Ranch – Ostrich
  • Fickle Creek Farm – Pork, Chicken, and Beef
  • Meadow Lane Farm – Pork & Beef
  • Chapel Hill Creamery – Pork & Beef
  • Washington Crab – Seafood *from North Carolina

Grains & Goodness:

  • By the Brook Tempeh – Tempeh & Sauerkraut
  • Bonlee Grown Farm – Sauerkraut & other other canned goodies
  • Red Tail Grains – Stone-milld flours, corns & grains

Treat Yourself or Someone Else:

  • Chocolatay Confections  – Chocolates & Treats
  • Family and Future Chocolates – Popsicles, Nut Buttes, & Chocolates
  • Rabbit Patch Baskets – Hand-woven baskets
  • MoonDance Soaps & Sundries – Hand-crafted soaps, lotions, and sprays
  • Botanist & Barrel – Bottled barrel-aged ciders
  • HomeBucha – Canned & tapped kombucha
  • Bill Pope Photos – Photographs & art
  • Pamela Brand Photography – Photographs & art
  • Sarah’s House of Clay – Pottery & Quilts
  • Speckled Bird – Hand-painted birdhouses *not at market this week but back next week!


Market Music by Reed Stutz!

Poetry by William Davis!


There is SO much to see, and we love being together with you. See you then!


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When: Saturday, October 8, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Wednesday Market is OPEN Today, October 5, 3pm – 6pm

Happy October, Durham!

This week has really given us a taste of the fall season – intense weather, beautiful changing leaves, and lots to anticipate in the world of fall foods. As you gear up for fall festivities & halloween parties, swing by the market today for the best local goodies: Carving pumpkins, apples for spiced cider, new varieties of fresh sausages and meats for warm fall dinners, fresh flowers for the table, butternut squash for delicious soup, a bottle or 6-pack of crisp cider, and lots more to keep you warm, cozy, & delighted all week!

Market Music by Remona Jeannine!


Check out this week’s newsletter for Wednesday Market vendors, tasty recipes, and upcoming events:


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When: Wednesday, October 5, 3pm – 6pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street