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Market is OPEN January 14th, 10am – 12pm!

This Week’s Catch!

We are in the new years spirit and trying something new every week this year. Last market, we took home shrimp from Washington Crab, grits from Red Tail Grain, and made a delicious recipe for shrimp and grits! We couldn’t help ourselves, and also picked up some dried apples from Wild Scallions Farm – such a good snack, and a great way for them to preserve their fall apple harvest. This week, we’ve got our eye on Meadow Lane Farm’s beautiful looking pecans, and Martha said they are likely to go quick, so we know what our first stop is going to be tomorrow!

 

New Years, New Food

Did you make note of any personal new years goals or inspiration heading into 2023? We love see all the ways that our farmers and creators help support health and well being for the local community. This month, Honeygirl Meadery is helping support Dry January aspirations with a new non-alcoholic drink, as well as some super “dry” meads!  Homebucha Kombucha has some great bucha that helps support Dry January as well as a healthy digestive system – the complex flavors of their kombucha makes for a great cocktail replacement. Kombucha is low in sugar and packed with probiotics which can help improve digestion and decrease inflammation.

Kombucha from Homebucha & Sauerkraut from By the Brook Tempeh

This week, we shared some interesting facts about seasonal eating and a healthy gut. In addition to the improved nutrition that comes from eating produce that was harvested a day or two before purchase, eating seasonally means that our guts are provided with a diversity of nutrients and bacteria, which can be a huge boost to our immune systems. Your gut biome today should look pretty different than it does in the summer.
So, while we may be craving some of those summer fruits and veggies right now, take heart knowing that winter veggies are not only delicious in their own right, but they do our microbiomes good, too. And you can pick up fermented and pickled products every week at the DFM from By the Brook Tempeh, Spicy Hermit, Bonlee Grown Farm, Homebucha, and others. Follow the link HERE to find some easy fermentation recipes to put all your tasty winter vegetables to good use. Kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage, oh my!

 

This Week

* The Poetry Fox returns to market this week! Grab a delightful, live-typed poem, made just for you!

* Sign up online & drop your food scraps off at the NewSoil Vermiculture compost table located next to the info table!

 

Next Week

* Join the Carolina Theatre at their community sponsor booth and see what fun activities and information they have to share!

 

Want to find out what else your local farmers are bringing to the market this week? Check out this week’s Newsletter! https://conta.cc/3X82Kw7

 

When: Saturday, January 14, 10am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN January 7th, 10am – 12pm!

New Year, New Discoveries!

There is always something new – or new to us – to discover at market, and the new year is a great time to keep things fresh by trying something new every week! This week, we picked up a bag of Haw River Mushrooms’ Lions Mane Coffee which is a ground coffee bean and lions mane mushroom combination for your morning cup. We loved it!

 

Thankful for the Sunshine

Rain or shine, you’ll always find us at market! But this week, we are especially thankful our farmers received a bit of a break from freezing temperatures and some sun for their plants and animals. Despite December’s freeze, they rocked their vendor table displays last week with an incredible variety of greenhouse tomatoes, cold-hardy fennel, sweet peppers, gorgeous cabbage, and lots of those colorful root vegetables we love to brighten up winter meals with – red and golden beets, rainbow carrots, watermelon radishes, purple and orange sweet potatoes, and lots more. Now is the time to check out the healthy and hearty proteins from By the Brook Tempeh, Fickle Creek Farm, Chapel Hill Farm, Meadow Lane Farm, Misty Morning Ranch, Stoney Mountain Farm, and more. Last week, Chapel Hill Creamery had a wonderful display of their pastured meats to pair with your winter collard greens. Many vendors are accepting pre-orders today for pick up and market, and you can peruse their products online from the comfort of your home before swinging by market on Saturday for pick up!

 

What’s in Season This Month?

It may be winter but there’s still so much abundance to be had at market! Here are just a few of the items in season in our region you can look forward to seeing at market!

beets  –  bok choy –  carrots  –  celery  –  collards  –  chow chow  –  creamed honey  –  dried apples  –  dried tomatoes  –  fennel  –  flower wreaths  –  garlic  –  green cabbage  –  greenhouse tomatoes  –  hakurei turnips  –  herbs  –  jams  –  kale  –  lettuce  –  mushrooms  –  mustard greens  –  napa  cabbage  –  peanuts  –  pecans –  pickles  –  popcorn  –  potatoes  –  pumpkins  –  radicchio  –  red radishes  –  scallions  –  spinach  –  squash  –  sweet potatoes  –  swiss chard  –  watermelon radishes

 

This Week

* Enjoy market music provided by the one and only Old North State Jam!

* Sign up online & drop your food scraps off at the NewSoil Vermiculture compost table located next to the info table!

* Buy a couple extra food items to drop off at the food donation table on your way out of market!

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3X82Kw7

When: Saturday, January 7, 10am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN December 31st, 10am – 12pm!

Happy New Years!

Welcome, 2023! We are so thankful for all of the support and community that you have shared with us this year, and cannot wait to see what the coming year holds. Wishing you a year of provision and joy, Durham!

 

Thanks from the Food Donation Table

This year, y’all really shined in your generosity. Every week, Chris and the folks load the overflowing table of fresh produce, bread, eggs, meat, and goods into the volunteer truck to haul to Mount Calvary United Church of Christ Food Pantry and distribute to centers and community members in need across the area. Thanks to Chris and all the dedicated volunteers who show up rain or shine to accept these wonderful donations, and a BIG thanks to our customers and vendors for all your generosity in giving to our community through food and cash donations. Thank you for providing food in a big way in 2022! We are grateful for you.

 

Last Day to Apply for 2023

Applications to be a vendor at the DFM are open through December 31st. Interested in sharing your passion with the local community? Looking for accessible ways to get your local small business off the ground? We are looking to welcome new vendors and products to market. Apply through our website or email us with questions!  Find out more here: Prospective Vendors  

 

Vendors This Week

Abanitu

Bill Pope Photos

Bklyn Bakery

Bluebird Meadows

Botanist & Barrel

Bouquet Garni

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese

Celebrity Dairy

Chapel Hill Creamery

Cilantro Artisan Foods

Ever Laughter Farm

Fickle Creek Farm

Harland’s Creek Farm

Haw River Mushrooms

Homebucha

Honeygirl Meadery

Huanong Eco-organic Farm

Hurtgen Meadows

Jewels of Health

Lil’ Farm

Loaf

Lyon Farms

Meadow Lane Farm

Melina’s Fresh Pasta

Misty Morning Ranch

MoonDance Soaps

Ninth Street Bakery

Omie’s Coffee

Pamela Strand Photography

Phoenix Farm

Piedmont Microgreens

Piri

Red Tail Grains

Roberson Creek Farm

Sarah’s House of Clay

Short Winter Soups

Soul Cocina

Speckled Bird

Spicy Hermit

Strong Arm Bakery

Sunset Ridge Buffalo

Terra Clotha

Washington Crab

Wild Scallions

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3WTvkBu

 

When: Saturday, December 31, 10am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Holiday Market is OPEN Today, December 22, 2pm-5pm!

Wishing You Peace & Provision

Happy Holiday Market! We hope you will bring a friend (or come meet some new ones!) and join us for today’s special Holiday Market from 2-5pm at the Pavilion.

We’ll have some of your favorite farmers & creators ready with last minute gift ideas, the freshest garden vegetables, and that perfect cut of holiday meat for your dinner table, pasture raised & locally loved. We know it’s chilly outside, but we’ll have hot coffee and sweet community to keep you warm inside & out!

As we marked the longest night of the year, Winter Solstice, this week, and embrace this holiday season in all its joy and complexity, we wish you warmth, love, and provision. You are beautiful, Durham!

Come see us TODAY from 2-5pm & again on New Years’ Eve from 10am-12pm!

 

Save the Dates

* TODAY * Holiday Market – Thursday, December 22 from 2-5pm

* REMINDER * No Market – Saturday, December 24

* Last Market of 2022! – Saturday, December 31 from 10am-12pm

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3GePbpm

 

When: Saturday, December 22, 2pm-5pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN December 17th, 10am – 12pm!

The Countdown Begins!

The countdown to 2023 and to the end-of-year holidays has begun! With just a few Saturdays left in December, we are grateful for each opportunity we have to spend this special time together preparing to welcome winter season, visiting the market with friends and family, enjoying all of the holiday decorations and specials on display at the vendor tables, and gathering thoughtful gifts and holiday meal supplies while supporting the local farmers and creators we love. It is truly a special time at the DFM and we celebrate the opportunity to enjoy it with you, Durham!

As we take a moment to mark Winter Solstice this week, and all that the season brings to us, we want to share a winter solstice blessing and a favorite poem from a couple of our market vendors:

 

A Winter Solstice Blessing, shared by Noah from Fickle Creek Farm

May you find peace in the promise of the solstice night,

that each day forward is blessed with more light.

That the cycle of nature, unbroken and true,

brings faith to your soul and wellbeing to you.

Rejoice in the darkness, in the silence find rest,

and may the days that follow be abundantly blessed.

 

Some Functions of a Leaf  by Don McKay, shared by David from Fruchtenicht Honey to say thank you and mark his last market day until spring

To whisper, to applaud the wind

And hide the hermit thrush.

To catch the light

And work the humble spell of photosynthesis

by which it’s changed to wood.

To wait

Willing to feed

                And be food

To die with style:

As the tree retreats inside itself,

Shutting off the valves at its

Extremities

    To starve in Technicolor, then

Having served two hours in a children’s leaf pile, slowly

Stir its vitamins into the earth

To be the artist of mortality.

 

 

Save the Dates

* Holiday Market – Thursday, December 22 from 2-5pm

* No Market – Saturday, December 24

* Last Market of 2022! – Saturday, December 31 from 10am-12pm

 

Two Weeks Left to Apply for 2023!

Applications are now open for 2023! Interested in sharing your passion with the local community? Looking for accessible ways to get your local small business off the ground? We are looking to welcome new vendors and products to market. Apply through our website or email us with questions! Applications open through December 31st. Find out more here: Prospective Vendors

 

Getting to Market

Durham’s Christmas Parade is this Saturday starting at 10am. Due to road closures,getting to market can be a little more difficult than usual. Click the newsletter link to find a map of the parade so that you can plan your route to market accordingly.

Click here for more information about the parade.

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3jbG1Az

 

When: Saturday, December 17, 10am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN December 10th, 10am – 12pm!

Winter Market has Begun!

We had so much fun ringing in our winter market season with you last week! You’ll find us again this Saturday from 10a-12pm at Durham Central Park. Stop by the info booth to pick up a map & find all your favorite vendors!

Last week we got a glimpse of the variety of seasonal gifts and grocery staples that our farmers and creators have planned for us this winter. To name just a few: Holiday wreaths, candles, decorations, stocking stuffers, and gifts; hot chocolate, bagged whole coffee beans, chocolate from our local artisans, soaps and bath balms, ornaments, mead, cider, and kombucha, and lots more.

Plan your holiday meals early and pre-order your locally raised and loved meat from one of our amazing farmers. You can check out the newsletter link below for details on what they have on offer.

We are always blown away by the color and variety of the produce our vendors bring to the table every week, and winter market is no exception! Find purple and orange sweet potatoes, large and small vine-ripened tomatoes, the freshest lettuces, kales and collards, colorful red and watermelon radishes to brighten up your dishes, fresh peanuts, brussels sprouts, and hot peppers and more.

 

Apply to Vend at the DFM!

Applications are now open for 2023! Interested in sharing your passion with the local community? Looking for accessible ways to get your local small business off the ground? We are looking to welcome new vendors and products to market. Apply through our website or email us with questions! Applications open through December 31st. Find out more here: Prospective Vendors

 

This Week

* Enjoy music by Tramaine!

* Get a custom poem from William Davis!

 

Save the Dates

* Holiday Market – Thursday, December 22 from 2-5pm

* No Market – Saturday, December 24

* Last Market of 2022! – Saturday, December 31 from 10am-12pm

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3Bn6npG

 

When: Saturday, December 10, 10am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN December 3, 10am – 12pm!

First Market of the Winter Season

Today is the first day of Winter Market! Along with the change to our winter hours – 10:00am-12:00pm – we have a new market map and you can find some vendors in a new space. Stop by the market info table to grab a map or let us know if you are trying to find your favorite vendor!

 

It’s Wreath Season

We have so many seasonal treats like winter wreaths from multiple farmers, soap gift baskets, the perfect chocolate treats for your stockings, and of course all the groceries you need for a warm and cozy week. We love being open year round, and love being a part of shopping locally through every season! Come stop by to find out what our vendors have on offer this week.

 

This Week

* Enjoy music by the Old North State Jam!

* Get a custom poem from William Davis!

 

Save the Dates

* Holiday Market – Thursday, December 22 from 2-5pm

* No Market – Saturday, December 24

* Last Market of 2022! – Saturday, December 31 from 10am-12pm

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3ujo6KF

 

When: Saturday, December 3, 10am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Thanksgiving Market is OPEN Today, November 22, 2pm-5pm!

It’s Market Day, Durham!

Today is the day! Join us from 2pm-5pm for our special Pre-Thanksgiving Market! It’s your last chance to shop at market to pick up all your favorite locally raised and loved goods to wow your friends and family’s tastebuds this holiday week. We have a wonderful lineup of vendors bringing a beautiful array of fresh produce, locally raised and loved meats, fresh baked breads, vegan-led entrees, pickles and jams, and much more! You don’t want to miss it.

This week, our gratitude goes to everyone in our wonderful community who helps make the DFM happen. We are thinking tenderly of you and hoping you receive warmth, love, and good food this holiday, surrounding by the given family, chosen family, friends, and furry friends that warm your heart. We are thankful for you!

 

Join the Festivities!

Don’t miss out on these fun market activities while you shop TODAY:

* Kids Scavenger Hunt – Complete the scavenger hunt and receive Market Bucks to spend at the vendor booths!

* Market Music – Come enjoy festive market music by the one and only Stephan Hermann!

Live Poetry – Pick up a insightful and encouraging poem from William Davis, custom-written just for you!

 

Reminders

* No market this Saturday, November 26th.

* Join us next week, Saturday December 3rd for our first Winter Market! Hours: 10am-12pm.

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3GFsNWy

When: Saturday, November 22nd, 2pm-5pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN November 12, 8 am – 12pm!

The Goodness of the Fall Harvest

It’s almost Saturday!

As we wrap up the last of the Halloween decorations and prepare for the coming holidays, we hope we can take time to feel connected to the earth’s turning and to one-another, as we collectively witness our own turn toward winter and this reflective and cozy season. This week we’ve felt the dips and swells of unpredictable temps between bright 80-degree days and cold rainy evenings. We turned our clocks back and are getting used to an early dusk. And we are keeping an eye on the hurricane/tropical storm as it develops while thinking of our farmers.

In all of this, we are reminded of the unique goodness of the fall harvest. Every week, we are blown away by the diverse array of produce on our farmers’ tables, with their bright rainbows of color. As we check in with our local livestock farmers, we are getting tips for perfect cold weather meals and dreaming of sitting around the table with our people and feeling gratitude for the goodness and nourishment given us  through all the earth offers in this time. May we care for one-another, may we ask ourselves what we need in this season, may we walk the path of autumn, together. We love this season with you, Durham!

Will you join us at market? We can’t wait for you to come enjoy the sights, sounds, people, and plenty with us this weekend. See you there!

 

Leave Your Leaves

* Click HERE to find out what the “leave your leaves” signs around town are all about, and how refraining from raking and bagging your leaves can make a significant impact on the health of our soil, the protection of pollinators, and the restoration of earth’s ecosystem! At the link above, you can visit our Linktree page for helpful resources from the USDA and Keep Durham Beautiful to learn more.

 

Save the Dates

* Thanksgiving Market! – Tues. November 22nd, 2-5pm

* NO Saturday Morning Market – Sat. November 26th

* Start of Winter Market Hours – Sat. December 3rd, 10am-12pm

 

This Week

* Enjoy market music provided by The Carolina Cutups! They’re sure to bring a smile to your face and tapping to your toes.

* Find William Davis and his typewriter at the market this weekend for custom, live-written poems!

* Compost your pumpkins at market! Find out more on NewSoil Vermiculture’s website or in our newsletter.

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3DW8XDz

 

When: Saturday, November 12th, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street

Market is OPEN November 5, 8 am – 12pm!

Happy November!

We are feeling that good chill in the air & the misty mornings of the start of November. Our vendors have some really delightful and colorful offerings this fall, you won’t want to miss out!

Check out our social media page for a sneak peek at what’s in season this month, and click on the newsletter link below for a full list of vendors and a look at what they are bringing to the table this week!

Thanks for celebrating Halloween Weekend with us last week!

We had a blast seeing everyone’s creative costumes, enjoying a very tasty cooking demo with Chef Seth from Pompieri Pizza, and playing around with fruit and vegetable art stamps!

The winner of our Spooktacular Vendor Halloween Costume Contest is…announced in our newsletter! (hint: they love their nutritious veggies!)

Thanks for coming out and making it such a fun day, Durham!

Activities this week:

* Visit the folks from Carolina Theatre at their Friends of the Market community sponsor booth & find out what they are up to this fall!

* Come see the Durham Street Piano Player and enjoy live, open-air music from pianist Thomas Merrigan!

* William Davis is back this week with his typewriter for some beautiful, custom poems!

 

Newsletter Link: https://conta.cc/3haIBGj

 

When: Saturday, November 5th, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street