About the Market

Mission Statement

The Durham Farmers’ Market brings people together to celebrate the unique food and culture of downtown Durham and the farms that sustain it. We provide access to fresh food for all of our community, champion small farmers and artisans, and foster a thriving and participatory local economy.

The Durham Farmers’ Market is a community of farmers, growers and crafters. We are strongly committed to local products: every item you see at the market was produced by the people selling it, and it all comes from no more than 70 miles away. We have been offering fresh produce, artisanal foods and handcrafted wares in downtown Durham since 1999. When we started, the market was little more than a few farmers and crafters joining the kids from SEEDS in the gravel parking lot of the old Durham Bulls stadium on Morris Street. Through the tenacity of those early vendors (many of whom are still selling at the market) and the support of residents who saw the value of good, fresh local food and handmade crafts, we have expanded to more than 65 vendors.

We moved up the street to the Measurement Incorporated lot in 2004 and now we are thrilled to have our own space in the heart of the city. The Pavilion at Durham Central Park was largely completed in 2007, through the generosity of Durham Central Park, the City of Durham, Self-Help, and local businesses and individuals.

In 2006, the market added a Winter Market, running every other Saturday from December through March. We soon realized that the demand for fresh, local veggies remained high in the winter, and in 2008 the market became a year-round farmers market. In 2008 we also added a Wednesday market, which runs from mid-April through mid-October from 3:00-6:00 pm. The same year, a Thanksgiving Market was added, which occurs the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each year.

The market has a long history of working to increase food access within our community. In 2005 we began accepting WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and in 2008 we began accepting Senior FMNP vouchers. In 2010, Farmer Foodshare added a Donation Station at the market. After several years of work, we began accepting SNAP/EBT benefits in April 2014. In July of the same year, we started a Double Bucks Program, which provided an additional $10 of SNAP benefits to participants through donations to the market. In 2019 we were awarded part of a generous grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC that allows us to double the benefits of SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers for three years, providing access to healthy locally-produced food at the market.

We hope you will join us every Saturday year-round, and Wednesday (April through October) for the freshest, best selection of local vegetables, meats, cheeses and eggs and a wide variety of cut flowers, potted plants, herbs and handmade crafts.

Market Staff 

Kaitlyn Breedlove, Market Manager – manager@durhamfarmersmarket.com

Vanessa Handy, Assistant Market Manager- assistantmanager@durhamfarmersmarket.com

Information – info@durhamfarmersmarket.com

Board of Directors

Tom Hurtgen, President – Hurtgen Meadows
Grant Ruhlman, Vice President – Homebucha
Matt Clayton, Treasurer – Wild Scallions Farm
Danielle White, Secretary – Chocolatay Confections
Alice White, Bluebird Meadows
Noah Ranells, Fickle Creek Farm
Ingrid Fricks, Fricks Apiaries
Erasmo Flores, Harland’s Creek Farm
Amy Sugg, Bonlee Grown Farm

Our Website

Just like our market, we were happy to have partnered with our local friends at Registered Creative in the design and development of this website.

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