Greetings Durham Farmers Market Community!
It’s almost December, so we wanted to share a few basic updates with you all to keep in mind for the upcoming winter season!
- Winter Market Hours begin Saturday December 4 and will run from 10am-12pm. Winter Market Hours will end on Saturday March 26, 2022.
- Holiday Market will be held on Thursday December 23, 2021 from 2-5.
- Market is Closed on Saturday December 25, 2021.
- Market is Open Saturday January 1, 2022.
- Vendor applications will open on December 1, 2021. Learn more here!
Get your pre-orders in for Saturday November 6, 2021!
The Durham Farmers’ Market will be open from 8-12 at the Durham Central Park Pavilion // 501 Foster Street
Read the newsletter for:
-market news and events
-recipe of the week
We are excited for the Vendor Halloween Costume Contest this Saturday! Visit the Info Table to purchase tickets for $1 and vote for your favorite vendor costume or table set up!
Music by: The Carolina Cutups!
Updated Market Map for 10/30
Wednesday market is closed for the 2021 season! We have enjoyed this past season together, and are grateful for all the community members who supported our Wednesday afternoon markets!
Follow your favorite Wednesday vendors to keep up with their activities throughout the year, and join us every Saturday from 8-12 to continue supporting the Durham Farmers’ Market community! *Winter hours are Saturday 10am-12pm starting December 4, 2021*
Thanks to The Museum of Life and Science for providing fun and educational activities for kids at the market! Also thanks to William Davis and Chris Vitiello a.k.a. The Poetry Fox for their inspired and interactive poetry! And we are grateful for the amazing Wednesday musicians that joined us this season – Remona Jeannine, Stephan Hermann, and Gary Green!
We are grateful to collaborate with our friends at DINE and The Durham Center for Senior Life for joining us at some of the Wednesday markets to connect with the community and share information about our SNAP / FMNP / and Double Bucks Programs!
Thank you to our amazing volunteers Sheila and Mike!
Wednesday Vendors in 2021:
We are excited to be partnering with the Museum of Life and Science to now offer kids activities at Wednesday market!
Join us this Wednesday for the final mid-week market of the 2021 season and bring the whole family! 3-6 pm at the Durham Central Park Pavilion // 501 Foster Street
There will be an activities table set up for kids as well as poetry by The Poetry Fox!
Thank you for visiting our market! Here’s our Vendor List for pre-orders….We are encouraging you to place them so we can run a super-safe market and move customers through the lines more quickly.
We have new Market Guidelines from Durham County that will help keep all of us safer. Your favorite vendors may move around a little bit as we figure out things week to week, but we’ll have a MAP at the entrance each week to keep you on the right path.
And speaking of paths, please use our designated entrance and exits and respect the barricades and flagging. We have set aside space for you to wait in line between the vendors, not in the main walkway. Each vendor will help each customer individually. It will take a little longer so plan your arrival time to fit your schedule and try to place orders ahead of time and prepay when possible.
- A face mask or face covering is required by Durham County.
- Enter and exit the market through designated locations.
- Hand washing stations will be available at the entry and exit.
- Walk one direction through the market from the entry to the exit.
- Maintain 6′ distance from other customers, vendors and staff.
- Form lines to the side of vendor stalls to keep the walkway clear for traffic.
- Please preorder and pre-pay when it’s available.
- Customers cannot touch items until they have been purchased.
- Customers cannot eat or drink inside the market area.
- Public Bathrooms will NOT be available to customers at this time.
- Coordinate curbside pickup on Hunt Street beside the Pavilion garden with vendor
All of our vendors are working hard to serve you. Here’s a QUICK LINK TO VENDORS
You probably already know that it takes a lot behind the scene to make the Durham Farmers Market happen every week. The DFM maintains staff to run the market and has ongoing expenses for renting the Pavilion, insurance, providing community outreach programs and special events. These expenses are all funded by membership and vendor booth fees that are generated week to week. With the market being closed during the extended stay-at-home orders, and having limited space capacity for our usual number of vendors per distancing requirements, the market continues to lose hundreds of dollars per week. The market has also incurred added expenses to maintain COVID-19 public health guidelines including additional labor, signage, PPE, technology and more. If you are able, please make a gift donation today to the DFM Friends of the Market fundraiser so that we can continue serving the Durham community.
Thank you in advance for your support of the Durham Farmers’ Market!
The Market will be CLOSED March 28th, but there’s good news……
We want to thank our customers for continuing to purchase their fresh food from our local Vendors. Many have been able to make home deliveries or set up farm stands for contact-free order pick-ups. We continue to send out a weekly newsletter and it contains links for our vendor pre-orders and special offers from some vendors that include shipping your purchases right to your door. This is unchartered territory for all of us at the Market and we are so proud of the way our Vendors are adapting to serve all of you.
We had a productive week working with the County and City to come up with a plan to reopen the Market in the upcoming weeks. We are in the process of gathering some new supplies to train staff and vendors. Our expectation is that the process will take us at least one week to work out the details of running a market unlike any other we have had in the last twenty years. The goal of the Market and all of our partners at the City, County and Mayor’s office is to keep everyone safe and healthy so we’ll continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adapt our plans accordingly.
Join us for the last Saturday before Christmas. Many of our farm vendors are bringing lovely handmade items, both to eat and to enjoy in your home. We’ve got hand forged iron work, handmade wooden bowls and cutting boards. There’s colorful pottery and seasonal teas. We have vendors with custom clothing and others with seasonal treats. There will be plenty to choose from and if you can’t find just the right gift on hand, we’ll have Durham Farmers’ Market Gift Certificates at the Info Desk.