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Celebrate Father’s Day at the market on Saturday, June 15!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful dads at the market! As you celebrate the important role that father-figures play in your life, be sure to treat dad to the best local food in town. Whether you’re grilling, going on a picnic or eating at home, you’ll find the freshest produce, meat, cheese, drinks and more at the market. You’ll show dad how much you care when you pick up your meal ingredients from our local farmers. And don’t forget to treat dad to a delicious dessert, too! We hope you enjoy spending time with your loved ones this weekend and that you soak up the beautiful weather together.

Also, bring your toughest gardening questions tomorrow and chat with the Master Gardeners from 8:00 am-noon on the market lawn.

Finally, don’t forget you can re-stock on local groceries at the Wednesday Market every week from 3-6 pm. See you tomorrow!


Upcoming Events

Wednesdays (through August 14)

  • Calling all kiddos! Join us every Wednesday afternoon for the Sprouts Kid’s Club. After you complete a free activity, you’ll earn $3 in Sprouts Club Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and veggies. We can’t wait to see you at the market!

Saturday, June 22

  • Join ADF for a BIG DANCE wild ride radio show mash up of summer hits that is a celebration of everything summer. Featuring all-time hits, Martha and the Vandella’s “Dancing in the Street,” Janis Joplin’s “Summertime,” and the quintessential classic “Wipeout!” in a sound score composed by Ken Ray Wilemon. All set to Rock Star Choreographer Mark Dendy’s kinetic, physically explosive and always socially relevant style. The ADF commissioned work will be performed by a young company of 10 dancers handpicked by Dendy for their unique talents. The dancers will receive full scholarships for the summer as part of ADF’s long standing mission to help dancers make the transition into the professional dance world. The show starts at 10:00 am so mark your calendars!

Saturday, June 29

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the June 14, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Catch the last of your spring favorites at the market on Saturday, June 8!

We cannot wait to see you at Durham Central Park tomorrow morning! Even if we get a little rain, it will still be perfect weather to spend time outside with your neighbors and stock-up on your favorite local foods.

What’s at the market right now? New potatoes! Check out this delicious potato, squash and goat cheese gratin recipe and enjoy the meal with family and friends. The seasons are changing quickly so be sure to swing by and enjoy your favorite spring veggies because in the blink of an eye, they’ll be gone. And don’t forget you can re-stock on local groceries at the Wednesday Market every week from 3-6 pm.

Finally, did you see guest vendor Salty Catch Seafood featured on Flavor NC ? Check out their video to see where your favorite local seafood comes from.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 15

  • Chat with the Master Gardeners from 8 am-noon.

Wednesdays: June 19 through August 14

  • Calling all kiddos! Join us every Wednesday afternoon for the Sprouts Kid’s Club. After you complete a free activity, you’ll earn $3 in Sprouts Club Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and veggies. We can’t wait to see you at the market!

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the June 7, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Eat the rainbow at the market on Saturday, June 1!

School’s almost out and we’re all looking forward to summer adventures. Our favorite spring produce will only be around for a little while longer so savor the flavors of this special time of the year before new produce starts arriving in the upcoming weeks. We challenge you to make a salad with only ingredients from the farmers’ market this week. With so many veggies to choose from, this will be easy! And you can still sweeten up your salad with some of the last strawberries of the season!


Running of the Bulls 8K Race

The 11th annual  Running of the Bulls 8K is happening THIS Saturday, June 1. This is an 8-kilometer road race that starts at 7:15 am on Foster Street and Seminary near the Durham Farmers’ Market and finishes with a lap of the warning track inside the historic Durham Athletic Park. A course map that details all roads that will be impacted can be found here.

There will be some road closures and delays along the race course that will occur between 7:15-8:20 am on Saturday, June 1. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope that this will allow you to plan in advance if you need to reach Durham Central Park that morning. There is a 15 minute per mile time limit for participants, and the anticipated time-of-use for impacted roadways is detailed below.

Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support. If there are any questions, please contact us.

Anticipated Time-of-Use for Impacted Roadways

  • Start Area: Foster St. and Seminary St. (6:00-7:20AM)
  • Mile 1: Main St to Buchanan Blvd (7:15-7:30AM)
  • Mile 2: Buchanan Blvd to Watt St. & Trinity Ave (7:20-7:45AM)
  • Mile 3: Trinity Ave to Washington St & Morris St (7:25-8:00AM)
  • Mile 4: Morris St to Downtown & Ramseur St (7:30-8:15AM)
  • Mile 5: Downtown & Main St to Morris St. & Corporation St. (7:35-8:30AM)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 15

  • Chat with the Master Gardeners from 8 am-noon.

Wednesdays: June 19 through August 14

  • Calling all kiddos! Join us every Wednesday afternoon for the Sprouts Kid’s Club. After you complete a free activity, you’ll earn $3 in Sprouts Club Bucks to spend on fresh fruits and veggies. We can’t wait to see you at the market!

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the May 31, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Join us every Wednesday from 3-6 pm & Saturday from 8 am-Noon!

With summer and Father’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better way to cook your farmers’ market finds than on the grill. When we think of grilling, meat is often the king and there is no better place to find a variety of meat than at the farmers’ market. Every week you can find beef, chicken, lamb, ribs, bratwursts and more at our Saturday and Wednesday markets.

Realizing how lucky we are to be surrounded by experts at the Durham Farmers’ Market, we checked in with Bryan Horton, field manager at Fickle Creek Farm, for his grilling suggestions. Of course, he started by chatting about beef and how to make the perfect hamburger. Simple is the best, so pick up ground beef at the market and form your own patties to grill. If you plan to add vegetables into the beef patty, such as onions, peppers or garlic, add a little extra water so that the burger stays together on the grill.

If you are looking for another option, pick up sausage or bratwurst and toss it over the warmest part of the grill. Surround it with summer squash, zucchini and onions on the indirect heat. Finally, there are plenty of steak options at the market. Horton recommends adding a strong flavor to steaks, such as green garlic. Make a cold cucumber salad to complement the meal and serve it with a mild cheese from one of the market’s dairy vendors.

Just like we patiently wait for our favorite foods to be in season, you also need to practice patience when grilling. Flipping your meat too often can cause it to dry out, so sit back and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while you wait for each side to cook.

While meat may be the king of the grill, vegetables make a strong queen. Try grilling seasonal ingredients like cabbage, leeks, radicchio, fennel and eggplant, and be sure to keep experimenting! Working in batches, grill each type of veggie until they are lightly charred and tender. Bell peppers and fennel take 8-10 minutes, while squash, zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms take about 7 minutes. Asparagus and green onions cook quickly at just 4 minutes so be sure to keep an eye on them. Talk to the market’s vendors for ideas for unique veggie combinations. Serve the veggies with mozzarella or a tangy cheese from the market. And don’t forget that you can grill greens and lettuce, such as romaine or radicchio. Cut the heads into wedges and grill for 3-5 minutes per side. Voila! You have a new spin on an old salad favorite!

Finally, what would a meal be without dessert? Right now, peaches make the perfect treat! The experts at Kalawi Farm said to cut your peaches in half, coat them with a neutral tasting oil and place them on the direct heat of the grill, cooking for 3-4 minutes per side.

Don’t be afraid to try something new on the grill! Be sure to share your suggestions with the farmers’ market vendors so you can continue the conversation about creative ways to cook and eat delicious meat and produce this season.

Kickoff Memorial Day Weekend at the farmers’ market on Saturday, May 25!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Kick off your holiday celebration with a visit to the farmers’ market and stock up on the freshest food to serve your family and friends. Planning on grilling this weekend? You will find a variety of meat at the market, including beef, bison, chicken, pork, lamb, and much more. And we have the perfect produce to accompany your meat. Check out these tips for grilling veggies and don’t forget to try something new. How about grilled kohlrabi or kohlrabi and carrot coleslaw? You’ll also find zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, radishes, onions, potatoes and more. And don’t forget to round our your meals with local cheese, baked goods, beer, wine, mead and kombucha. Set your alarm clock and join us tomorrow morning at Durham Central Park!

Also, we’re excited to welcome back our friends from the Living Arts Collective and Durham Ecstatic Dance. Join them on the lawn at 10:00 am for a Community Dance Wave! This event was so much fun last month and is for all ages. You don’t want to miss this!


Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 1

  • The 11th Annual Running of the Bulls 8K will take place around the market. If you’re an early shopper, give yourself extra time to get to Durham Central Park because several roads around downtown will be closed during the race.

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the May 24, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Join us for a flower arranging workshop & chat with the Master Gardeners on Saturday, May 18!

Spring is in full bloom at the market and there’s something new and exciting every week! Tomorrow cauliflower will make an appearance, along with an increased quantity of cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini. Sugar snap peas are growing strong, as are strawberries. It’s getting easier and easier to eat the rainbow during this colorful time of the year. So grab your water bottle and sun hat and make plans to spend time with your favorite local food producers tomorrow morning!

And if the seasonal local produce wasn’t exciting enough, we’re looking forward to hosting a special event tomorrow with the team from West Point on the Eno. Register for their flower arranging workshop and go home with a beautiful arrangement for your home or to give to a friend.

Don’t forget that the team of Master Gardeners will be at the market tomorrow to answer your toughest plant questions. We’re so grateful to have them share their expertise with our market community!

Finally, join Blue Point Yoga Center for a fun morning of free yoga every Saturday. Class begins at 9:00 am and will take place in the lawn adjacent to the Brannan. Remember to bring your yoga mat and a water bottle. For more information, visit Durham Central Park’s website.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 25

Saturday, June 1

  • The 11th Annual Running of the Bulls 8K will take place around the market. If you’re an early shopper, give yourself extra time to get to Durham Central Park because several roads around downtown will be closed during the race.

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the May 18, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Celebrate moms & grads at the market on Saturday, May 11!

This is one of our favorite weekends of the year in Durham! Not only are we celebrating moms, but we also get to share in the joy of everyone who is graduating. Let’s face it, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the mother figures in our lives. Be sure to show them how much you love them with a local meal or gift from the farmers’ market. And if you’re lucky enough to celebrate a college grad this weekend, make sure you share the tastiest local treats with them.

Still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift (in addition to the beautiful flowers, chocolate, cards, crafts and more that you’ll pick up at the market)? Farmer Foodshare has you covered! Help another mother in our Durham community provide fresh, local, nutritious food for their family. Nothing’s sweeter than that! Visit Farmer Foodshare’s booth (near the market’s Info Table) for more details and to make a donation in honor of your mother.

Also, don’t forget to join Blue Point Yoga Center for a fun morning of free yoga and community in Durham Central Park every Saturday. Class begins at 9:00 am and will take place in the lawn adjacent to the Brannan. Remember to bring your yoga mat and a water bottle. For more information, visit Durham Central Park’s website.

Finally, we hope you enjoyed the Protein Palooza last weekend! We want to give a huge THANK YOU to the local chefs that whipped up the delicious samples featuring meat and produce from our vendors:


Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 18

  • Join the team from West Point on the Eno for a flower arranging workshop at 8:30 am.

Saturday, May 25

Saturday, June 1

  • The 11th Annual Running of the Bulls 8K will take place around the market. If you’re an early shopper, give yourself extra time to get to Durham Central Park because several roads around downtown will be closed during the race.

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the May 10, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Join us every Wednesday from 3-6 pm & Saturday from 8 am-Noon!

One of the most exciting aspects of shopping at a local farmer’s market is the anticipation seasonal produce. All year long we are able to celebrate the arrival of delicious and unique foods that are not available all the time the way they are in a typical grocery store. The freshness and quality of this produce is undeniable, and shoppers have the opportunity to ask questions to the very farmers who have planted, grown, and harvested it!

Speaking of seasons, spring is here and is one of my favorite times at the market. The air is getting warmer, everything is becoming greener, and we start seeing produce that is only available for a short period every year. Here is a list of some of the great, can’t-miss produce at the market during springtime.

Asparagus: Asparagus can be found at the market from mid March- April depending on weather. It’s one of the three common vegetables in North America that comes from a perennial plant, including rhubarb and artichokes. Amazingly, asparagus spears can grow up to 6 inches or more in one day. This spring favorite can be prepared many ways, but we recommend simply marinating the spears in olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper and grilling for about 5 minutes, making sure to turn the spears every minute or two!

Strawberries: Strawberries are heralded as the first fruit of spring, and are available at the market April- early June, depending on weather. Did you know what they are the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside? For this reason, botanists consider each strawberry seed be its own individual fruit. If you like to rinse strawberries, be sure to wait until right before you plan to eat them. They will keep much longer if they are stored this way. Also, if you know you will eat your strawberries in a day or two, they will be more flavorful left out on the counter than they are after they’ve been in the fridge!

Rhubarb: It is no coincidence that rhubarb is a popular addition to strawberry desserts because they have a very similar growing season and are available at the market at the same time of year. Field-grown rhubarb’s peak season is April and May, and again this always depends on what the weather is like. Be sure to remember that only the stalks of the rhubarb are edible, and the leaves are toxic to humans. Rhubarb stalks can be eaten raw, but also can be used nicely to enhance the flavor of other fruits. It is delicious in pies, cakes, sauces, jams, and more.

Other incredible spring produce available this time of year includes radishes, leeks, arugula, artichokes, snow peas and pea shoots, salad turnips, fennel, bok choy, and broccoli, to name a few!

With our full season hours in swing, you now have more flexibility to find this produce every week. Visit the market on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am-Noon, and on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 pm. See you soon!

Join us for our Protein Palooza on Saturday, May 4!

Celebrate the bounty of the Spring season at our first annual Protein Palooza! The event starts at 9 am and samples will be provided ’til the food runs out! Thanks to support from Got to Be NC Agriculture, we’re hosting an event to feature our incredible protein vendors, including:

Don’t forget to check out our additional protein vendors, including:

The following restaurants will be whipping up delicious samples featuring local meat and seasonal veggies:

This event is kid-friendly and we encourage everyone to sample the delicious meat and vegetarian side dishes available. For more information, check out the Facebook event. See you there!


Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 11

  • Celebrate Mother’s Day and Duke’s Graduation weekend!

Saturday, May 18

  • Join the team from West Point on the Eno for a flower arranging workshop at 8:30 am.

Saturday, May 25

Saturday, July 13

  • Mark your calendars for Tomato Day – it’s always one of the highlights of our year!

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the May 3, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Celebrate local, pasture-raised meat & seasonal veggies on May 4!

Celebrate the bounty of the Spring season at our first annual Protein Palooza! Thanks to support from Got to Be NC Agriculture, we’re hosting an event to feature our incredible protein vendors, including:

Don’t forget to check out our additional protein vendors, including:

The following restaurants will be whipping up delicious samples featuring local meat and seasonal veggies:

This event is kid-friendly and we encourage everyone to sample the delicious meat and vegetarian side dishes available. For more information, check out the Facebook event. See you there!