This has been a whirlwind of a week and our thoughts are with all of the families affected by Hurricane Michael across the southeast. Mother Nature sure has given us a crazy Fall season so far. The transition to cooler days is welcomed by everyone, especially our farmers. You’ll start seeing new produce appear on their tables, including a variety of greens, root veggies and much more. Be sure to enjoy peppers and eggplant before they’re gone for the season (although we hope the first frost is still a ways off).
Tomorrow we’re excited to join Durham County 4-H and NC WARN as we come together to assemble flood buckets and hygiene kits for our NC family affected by Hurricane Florence. The supplies will be taken to Wilmington, Lumberton and other areas in the Eastern part of our state. Cooperative Extension centers in those areas will distribute the supplies to families who are recovering from the storm. We will provide the 5 gallon buckets and Ziploc bags. We need YOU to provide the following NEW items in their original packaging to help fill our buckets:
- Travel sized toiletries, including toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream/razors, combs and washcloths
- Scouring pads, scrub brushes and all-purpose sponges
- Dish detergent
- Household cleaners
- 33 galloon trash bags
- Heavy-duty gloves
- Dust masks
- Eyeglass protectors
- Terry towels
Please bring your donations to the Info Table and join the teenagers from NC Warn and 4-H in assembling the buckets. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
If you’re looking for a fun family event next Tuesday, October 16, join us for Neighbors Feeding Neighbors 2018! This annual event is sponsored by the Durham CROP Hunger Walk and Durham Congregations in Action. The event raises money to help people in poverty through local and global relief programs by having the Durham community come together for an enjoyable meal on World Hunger Day. The Durham Farmers’ Market receives support for our Double Bucks program through this event so be sure to join us. Double Bucks matches SNAP/EBT transactions at the market up to $10, ensuring that community members have increased access to fresh, local food. For more information, check out this link.
Also, please mark your calendars for two exciting events! On October 27, we’ll host our annual Vendor Halloween Costume Contest. And on November 10, we’re hosting our first annual Silent Auction to raise funds for some of your favorite market programs, including the Sprouts Kid’s Club, Double Bucks, and more. Save the date and come prepared to complete your holiday shopping while also supporting the market that you love.
Finally, as a reminder, below is our market schedule:
- The Wednesday Market is closed for the season. Thank you for your support!
- Saturday Main Season Market runs through November 17 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm.
- Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Market will be held on Tuesday, November 20 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The Saturday Market will be closed on November 24.
- Saturday Winter Market begins on December 1 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.