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Wednesday Market is Closed for the 2021 Season – Saturday Market is Open from 8-12

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:

Botanist & Barrel

Bouquet Garni

By the Brook Tempeh

Fickle Creek Farm

Flowering Earth Natives

Harland’s Creek Farm

Haw River Mushrooms

Huanong Eco-organic Farm

Hurtgen Meadows Farm

Loaf Durham

Lyon Farm 

Millefiori

Wild Scallions Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendor Highlight: Bonlee Grown Farm!

Meet Bonlee Grown Farm!

This is Bonlee Grown Farm’s 21 year at the DFM, and they were one of the original 10 vendors, selling a variety of jellies and jams!  They now also sell eggs, succulents, geraniums, and a variety of prepared items easy to store through the winter!  They have expanded to 4 greenhouses and 4 plots since they began and also have sheep! They heat the greenhouses with wood and use the ash on the garden beds to help promote soil health!

Learn more at: bonleegrownfarmnc.com

PLEASE VOTE FOR THE DURHAM FARMERS MARKET!

Today we’d like to take a moment and ask you to please VOTE! for the Durham Farmers’ Market!
We’ve been feeling a lot of love from our community these days – and are so grateful for all of your support with the GoFundMe fundraising campaign – we’ve reached $7,200 towards our goal of $20,000!!!!! (To donate – visit GoFundMe.com/DFMfund)
But there is another huge way that you can support the Durham Farmers’ Market – and that is by voting for us in the American Farmland Trust celebration!!!
So please take a moment today and vote for us here: https://markets.farmland.org/market/durham-farmers-market-nc/?ltclid=
“Running from June 21 to September 19, 2021, the 13th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration showcases the essential markets across the nation making a difference for farmers, ranchers, and communities.
During this time, market shoppers and supporters can vote for their favorite market by visiting markets.farmland.org. In addition to recognizing the top markets in each region of America, the Celebration will crown an overall “People’s Choice” winner as the top-endorsed market in the country.
As we head into the second summer of the coronavirus pandemic, the role of farmers markets as both a vital venue for farmers to sell their goods and shoppers to access local, healthy food is being recognized like never before. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that farmers markets are not a luxury to communities. They are essential businesses that provide a vital service and should be celebrated.
To recognize the vital role farmers markets have played during the coronavirus pandemic, AFT is pleased to announce that we’ve increased the total cash prizes for the markets that finish in the top three of the “People’s Choice” category — $2,500 for first, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. These funds will be awarded to markets to go towards marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact.”
Thanks to all of you for showing your support of the DFM and creating this amazing community!

Vendor Highlight – Red Tail Grains!

As part of our Rent and Relief GoFundMe fundraising campaign for the Durham Farmers Market (www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund) – we want to share with you some of the stories of our community members!
Today we are psyched to introduce you to Red Tail Grains!
Danny Cowan and George Allen are co-owners of Red Tail Grains. Danny worked on mixed vegetable farms from 2009-2014. He worked for two seasons at Maple Springs Gardens in Cedar Grove, NC. He also has a background in baking, running Three Bellows Bakery, a small wood-fired bakery in Pittsboro. He apprenticed with Rob and Monica Segovia Welsh of Chicken Bridge Bakery and thinks a lot about how grain affects bread.
George co-owned and operated Red Tail Farm, a mixed vegetable farm, in 2011-2013. Since then, in addition to the farm, he has worked professionally as a car mechanic and carpenter. George maintains and repairs all of the equipment on the farm.
Our growing practices align closely with organic growing methods and in many cases exceed organic standards. Our number one priority is to produce a high quality grain through the cultivation of healthy soils. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are never used on the soils we grow on. Soil fertility is developed through the use of cover crops, manures, compost, and organic fertilizers. Currently we rotate winter cereals, red clover, buckwheat, millet, sunflowers, soybeans, cowpeas, and corn. We are striving towards reducing the amount of mechanical tillage we now rely upon in order to build soil organic matter, but it is quite difficult without the use of herbicides.
As we gain experience and learn from others, we hope to continue developing a holistic system that harbors diversity and accumulates organic matter. Milling flour in this way is simple and elegant: two granite stones sheer and crush the grain into an exceptional flour that contains all of the natural, vitamin-rich oils from the germ (or embryo) of the grain. Most store-bought flours are produced using roller mills, which typically remove the germ from the grain to increase shelf-life for mass markets, but which also removes vital nutrients, and delicious flavors and aromas.
Learn more about Red Tail Grains here: https://redtailgrains.com/
Please consider donating today to support the Durham Farmers’ Market: www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund

Durham Farmers’ Market Rent and Relief Campaign

THE DURHAM FARMERS’ MARKET (DFM) NEEDS YOUR HELP!

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing a major budget deficit and need to raise $20,000 in order to be on sound financial footing going into 2022.

The COVID-19 crisis left a major impact on us all, and we are extremely grateful to our market community who has continued to shop local and support our regional farmers and crafters. As many of you know, the Durham Farmers Market was forced to completely shut down for 6 weeks in 2020 as we adapted to safety concerns. While the Market returned to operation in May, many of our farmers and vendors were unable or uncomfortable returning.

The Durham Farmers Market is an independent business, separate from both the City of Durham and the Durham Central Park. We have expenses just like any other business, and our main source of income is through stall fees that each vendor pays on a weekly basis when they attend market. No vendors for 6 weeks meant no stall fees for that period. Even upon re-opening the market, stall fees were not meeting the budget needs as many vendors did not return. As a result, the Durham Farmers Market is at financial risk and we are asking for community support to help us balance our books.

We are extremely grateful to have such a supportive community that knows the value of a resilient and diversified local food system. It has been incredible seeing the numbers of people coming out to shop locally! It’s important to note that even when the market looks very busy, the Durham Farmers Market as an organization only makes income through stall fees.

With the return of many vendors and an increase in our stall fees, we have a strong outlook going forward. However, we still are facing a large deficit that we must fill in order to have a sustainable future. There are 68 vendors that rely on this market. On average our market hosts 2,412 visitors per week! So, what can you do to ensure the Durham Farmers Market continues to be a place where our area’s finest farmers and crafters can sell their amazing local goods?

  1. DONATE! If you’re able, this is the #1 thing you can do to support the DFM and its vendors.
  2. SHARE! We’re relying on the network effect to spread the word about our campaign. Tell your friends, share our campaign on social media, post the link on your neighborhood listservs, and help us get the word out.
  3. CONNECT! Tell us how the Market has an impact on your life. Is it part of your weekly routine? Did you meet a dear friend or partner? Are there products that you’re only able to find at the Market? We’d love to share your stories as fuel to our fundraising efforts!

PLEASE NOTE! The Durham Farmers Market is NOT a 5013c non-profit and thus donations are NOT tax deductible. If you would like to make a large donation and have it be tax deductible, please contact us directly.

 

With thanks and looking forward!

The Durham Farmers Market Fundraising Committee.

 

Vendor Highlight – Wild Scallions!

Hey Durham Farmers Market Family!

As part of our Rent and Relief GoFundMe fundraising campaign for the Durham Farmers Market (www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund) – we want to share with you some of the stories of the community members that you are helping to support! The farmers, crafters, brewers, and creators of all kinds that contribute to this abundant and lively market are so passionate and dedicated to to their craft and to serving the community! By supporting DFM, you are not only showing your support and appreciation to the makers that vend at market each week, but you are also making it possible for so many of us in the Durham and surrounding communities to enjoy and be nourished by these amazing and lovingly grown and created foods, crafts, and beverages!

Today we want to introduce you to one of our incredibly dedicated farms – Wild Scallions!

“Wild Scallions farm rests on 40 acres on the slope of Mount Tirzah in southern Person County.  Our farm includes over three acres of cultivated fields, a holistic orchard, and a passive solar greenhouse.  We try to listen to our land and intermix perennial crops, flowering shrubs, wild lands and song bird habitat amongst our fields.  We grow vegetables and flowers year-round with the aid of our two hoop-houses, plastic covered structures only heated by the sun.  We constantly strive to improve our land and practice crop rotation, cover cropping, minimal tillage, and include farm animals to help us with this effort.  Farm animals include chickens and dairy goats. Our flowers and produce are available year-round at our farm in Southern Person County and at the Durham Farmer’s market every Saturday.  All of our crops are sustainably grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers for healthful foods from healthy fields.“

To learn more, please visit: http://www.wildscallionsfarm.com/wsf2/Home.html

To support the Durham Farmers Market and the entire community, please consider donating to or sharing the DFM GoFundMe Rent and Relief Campaign! – GoFundMe.com/DFMfund

Updated Face Mask Policy and Market Guidelines

As of 5/22/21, the Durham Farmers’ Market has updated its face mask policy and market guidelines. In accordance with the statewide North Carolina mandate and CDC recommendations:

  • Everyone is welcome to wear a mask if they feel safer doing so.
  • Customers that are unvaccinated or a part of a high risk population are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
  • No one is required to wear a face mask for entry.

In other words, “All may, some should, none must.” Customers that wish to wear a face mask but forget to bring one may receive one at entry from our market volunteers.

Additionally, the market is no longer requiring a one-way, one-direct flow, and customers may enter/exit from any corner of the market.