The Durham Farmers’ Market is proud to support the community and our public health officials in reducing the spread of Covid-19. Please review our community safety guidelines in preparation for your visit.
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.
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.
- 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
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!
Vendors marked with * are able to take DFM tokens for purchases.
* Brinkley Farms – no website available at this time
Capritopia Farm – No preorders at this time
Cheek Road Grown Produce –call to preorder with farm pickup 919-880-0870
Deep River Farm & Nursery – Returning to market again soon!
Flat River Nursery & Farm – contact (336) 364-2460 for market pick-up
* Fruchtenicht Honey – available at market
* Huanong Ecorganic Farm – no known pick up or delivery options at this time
* Imagine That Gluten Free – available at Weaver Street Market & Durham Co-op
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
* Maple Spring Gardens – no longer offering online shopping or Pre-Orders for produce for the remainder of this season
* Meadow Lane Farm – product list and pre-order form in DFM newsletter
* Melina’s Fresh Pasta – pre-order by phone 919-403-3663
* Primrose Farms – waiting for market to reopen
* Scratch Baking – no website available at this time
Smarty Pants – no website available at this time
WeatherHand Farm – no information at this time
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.
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.
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.
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.
All year our great vendors work on special projects to bring out in December for the first of the Winter Markets. There are lovely live and dried wreaths to welcome your family home. We’ve got beautiful hand crafted wooden bowls and cutting boards for your favorite chefs. There are award-winning cheeses and all sorts of desserts that will impress your guests. There’s an abundance of freshly picked vegetables and pickled dishes to enjoy over the chilly nights ahead. And did we mention the pastries…. so many to choose from, including gluten-free!
Come to the market and check out all we have to offer with over 55 winter vendors!