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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.

Winter Market is Here!

Ready or not, winter market is here! And we cannot wait for our face masks to feel cozier and cozier. Find us at the pavilion every Saturday from December until the end of March, open 10AM-12PM! This includes the markets before and after Christmas, along with New Years weekend. Our talented and devoted farmers and artisans are looking forward to bringing you locally grown foods, finished food products, and beautifully created holiday crafts and decorations. Please continue to wait for the ringing of the bell before entry!

Continue to double your SNAP/EBT benefits, and participate in our Cash Match program by stopping by the information table in the corner of market. For our pre-Christmas market on Saturday, December 19th we will be providing an EXTRA $10 in Double Bucks for every customer that stops by to participate.

For the safety of our community, vendors, and staff, our market guidelines have not changed. Please review these prior to your visit:

  • Facemasks are required to enter the market. Durham Farmers’ Market has the right to refuse entry/service if a customer is non-compliant.
  • Enter and exit the market at designated locations (entry/exit points located on Foster Street).
  • Walk one direction through the market.
  • Be mindful, keep 6′ feet of safe space around you.
  • Pre-order and pre-pay is STRONGLY suggested so that traffic can flow through market quickly. Check out our quick links for pre-orders here, or stay up to date each week through our newsletter (enter your email at the bottom of our home page).
  • Customer lines will run down the side of each booth.
  • Customers should eat and drink outside of the market area.
  • Bathrooms at the Pavilion are closed to customers.
  • Only Certified Service Animals permitted.

Main Season Market is Open!

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.

Customer Guidelines 

  • 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




Friends of the Market Fundraiser

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!

Quick Donation – $20

Quick Donation – $50

Quick Donation –  $100

Quick Donation – $250

Quick Links for Vendors

Vendors marked with * are able to take DFM EBT/Double Bucks tokens for purchases.

*Abanitu Organicsemail for availability

Bill Pope Photosemail for availability

*Bluebird Meadowspreorder & home delivery

*Bonlee Grown Farmemail or call/text 919-548-0977 for pre-order/pre-pay

Botanist & Barrelpreorder with shipping

* Boxcarr Handmade Cheesepreorder with farm pick up & shipping

* Brinkley Farms – no website available at this time

*Caballo Rojo Coffeepreorder with limited home delivery & local retail locations

Capritopia Farm – no preorders at this time

* Catbriar Farm – Email Sara Broadwell  to pre-order for market pick-up

*Celebrity Dairy – pre-order for market pick-up through website

*Chapel Hill Creamerypreorder with farm pickup & market pickup

Cheek Road Grown Producecall to preorder with farm pickup 919-880-0870

* Chocolatay Confectionspreorder with shipping &  limited local delivery

* Cilantro Artisan Foodspreorder with limited local delivery

Bkyln Vegan Bakery – order online

*Deep River Farm & Nursery – no preorders at this time

Elodie Farmspreorder for downtown Durham pickup & limited delivery

* Ever Laughter Farm – pre-order for market or farm pickup through website

* Fickle Creek Farm – preorder for pickup through website

*Flat River Nursery & Farm – contact (336) 364-2460 for market pick-up

* Fruchtenicht Honey – available at market

Fullsteam Brewerypreorder with curbside pickup and delivery

* Harland’s Creek Farm – preorder for market and farm pick up through website

* Haw River Mushrooms – preorder with deliver, market, and farm pick up through website

*Homebucha – preorder for market or Wednesday Durham pickup through website

Honeygirl Meadery -preorder for market or Durham curbside pickup through website

Huanong Ecorganic Farm – no preorders at this time

* Hurtgen Meadows Farmpreorder for pick up through website

Kalawi Farms – pre-orders for ice cream in large quantities through website

* Lil’ Farm – home delivery available & donations for families in need through website

Little Tree Farm – no known pick up or delivery options at this time

*Loaf – call 919-797-1254 to preorder items for pickup or delivery

* Lyon Farms – preorder for pickup through website

* Maple Spring Gardens – available at market

* Meadow Lane Farm – product list and pre-order form in DFM newsletter

* Melina’s Fresh Pasta – pre-order by phone 919-403-3663

*Millefiori Bakeryspecial orders with a variety of delivery and pick up options

Moondance Soapsonline store with shipping, pre-order by Fridays at 5PM for market pick-up

NewSoil Vermicultureonline store 

Pamela Strand Photographyemail  for special orders from  website

* Phoenix Farmpreorder for Wednesday farm pick up

* Primrose Farms – no information at this time

Rabbit Patch Basketswebsite

* Red Hawk Farmwebsite available at Weaver Street, Durham Co-op, Whole Foods

* Red Tail Grainspre-order or delivery through website

Roberson Creek Farmemail, no pre-order available at this time

Sarah’s House of Clayemail for private shopping appointment or special orders

Scratch Baking – no website available at this time

Smarty Pants – no website available at this time

Soul Cocina – preorder for market pick up or home delivery through website

South Wind Produce – preorder through website

Speckled Bird Farmwebsite

* Spicy Hermitpreorder for market pickup or local home delivery (Durham)

* Stoney Mountain Farmonline store for market pickup

* Strong Arm Bakingonline store for home delivery only

*Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm – pre-order for market pick up through website

Terra Clothaonline store with shipping

WeatherHand Farm – no pre-order information at this time

* Wild Scallions Farmwebsite, no pre-order information at this time


Maintaining Durham’s Vibrant Community Farmers’ Market

The Market will be closed for the entire month of April so we’ve put together a Quick Reference Guide for our Vendors HERE.  They are working around the clock to feed the community that has helped us grow for over 20 years. We are all adapting to the change. It has not been easy and each of our members has faced challenges that range from learning how to set up online stores, to figuring out how to use mapping applications to make home deliveries.

On a positive note, the weather has been excellent for setting out new plants and extending the season for some of the winter favorites. It’s hard to believe that some farmers already have strawberries coming in from their hoop houses while others are still harvesting beautiful sweet winter kale from their fields. Patiently waiting for all of this to move out is the fabulous Durham community who are calmly practicing physical distancing and managing to work-at-home and stay-at-home.

Our continued perseverance is needed and to that end, the Market will be closed through the month of April in support of the community efforts being made to keep the COVID-19 numbers as low as possible. Our vendors continue to add home delivery options, pick-up locations and farm stands. There is even work underway on a food hub to help farmers, consumers, food crafters and non-profits connect. Sometimes the perfect storm leads us down a path we might not have chosen, one with an unexpected, positive ending.

If you are looking for what your favorite vendor is harvesting during April and how to access their products, new seedlings for your Victory Garden (yes, we are resurrecting this idea for a victory over COVID-19!), foods to make and bake at home or something that will delight your senses or tastebuds, click HERE to access our Vendor Profiles. We are continually updating the notes on our members’ stores and offerings. If you want to add your name to our newsletter mailing list, click HERE and fill out the information at the bottom of the page in the little green section labeled “Stay Connected”. That will get you signed up automatically for our weekly newsletter. Normally during this time of year we send newsletters for both Wednesday and Saturday markets. We are working with our vendors to see if this is still useful. We’ll let you know. In the meantime, we are going to add our Wednesday market folks to the one mailing a week through the month of April.

Speaking of members! We added three new members back in the beginning of March. Red Tail Grains, Crumbs and Huanong Ecorganics. Red Tail has locally grown & milled grains. Crumbs is a vegan baker and all of the staff gives her two thumbs up, especially the layered cakes. And Huanong Ecorganics is an established farm growing an amazing assortment of Asian veggies.


Adapting for life with COVID- 19

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.

Expecting Beautiful Weather this Saturday

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.


Welcome to the Winter Market Season

We’re back and ready to roll out colorful produce, proteins, pastries and party favorites for your holiday tables. We’ll start at 10 am with the Opening Bell on December 7th and a beautiful new CrossWalk at the lower entrance to the Pavilion. Come check it out and bring your largest shopping bags. We’ll be here until 12 noon with all sorts of splendid warm drinks to sip while you shop and cool drinks to take home for dinner.

This is our 20th Seasonal Winter Market and we are excited to share it with you. Every Saturday from December until the end of March, we’ll be here from 10-12. Our fantastic and devoted farmers and crafters will be bringing you locally-grown food, fresh flowers and finished food products.

Our craft vendors will be bringing wreaths for the holiday,  hand-made baskets, jewelry, cutting boards, wooden bowls, and rolling pins. Some of our farmers make their own tea blends and salves while others make candied turmeric and special syrups to add to desserts or drinks that you can use at home or give as gifts. We also have clothing that is hand-made and hand-dyed along with pottery and painted gourds. We have two outstanding photographers and one of our  farmers makes small iron pieces for use in your home.

Start some fun new habits with us this December! We look forward to seeing you during our Winter Market Season. Stop by the info desk for info on our Double Bucks program for our EBT customers and we have free market shopping baskets on our Exchange Tree.