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Find your favorite summer foods at the market on Saturday, July 20!

We hope you enjoyed celebrating Tomato Day with us last weekend. We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Chef Kyle Wilkerson for hosting this event for our market community for the third year in a row. We couldn’t do it without him! Below are the winners of the event:

  • First Place: Mario’s Famous Sungold Tomato from Meadow Lane Farm
  • Second Place: Brad’s Atomic Grape Tomato from Four Leaf Farm
  • Third Place: Cherokee Purple Tomato from Brinkley Farms

You’ll find tomatoes and all of your other favorite summer produce at the market tomorrow. Swing by early to beat the heat and stock up on everything you need for a cookout with family and friends. Also, the Master Gardeners will be at the market to answer all of your questions so your garden can continue to thrive.

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, August 10


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Winter Season December – March Saturdays: 10 am – 12 noon

The market will be closed on November 30 so we can all take a little break after Thanksgiving. Our Winter Market Season officially kicks off December 7th at 10 am with the OPENING BELL! We use a bell in the Winter Season to let vendors know when they can begin selling each Saturday. 

Come December, plan for warm jackets and tasty hot drinks like warm coffee and hot cocoa while you shop with us. We have a full array of vendors at the Pavilion during our Winter Season. The stalls are full! If you haven’t lived in NC long, you’ll find the climate is good enough all winter for our growers to use hoop houses on many items. 

You’ll find everything you need from rice, beans and pasta to winter squash, a wide assortment of deep, dark and lovely greens, rainbow colored carrots and beets, Asian greens, cabbages of all sorts and colors, cool-weather-loving cauliflower and broccoli, a variety of hearty turnips and potatoes, aged and fresh cow and goat cheeses from award-winning dairies, fresh duck and chicken eggs, hand-crafted crackers tasty pastries and seasonal breads in both regular and gluten-free categories . 

There are many vendors bringing flowers, wreaths, hand-made baskets, bird houses, photographs and photo-cards, pottery, hand-dyed & hand-made clothing, cutting boards, jewelry every weekend. 

We’ve got vendors bringing local meat like pork, bison, beef, chicken, lamb and seafood from the NC Coast. And we have makers using local seasonal ingredients to make mead, beer, cider and kombucha as the base for their products! Other vendors have home-made soup, canned goods like seasonal small-batch jams and fresh seasonal kimchi. 

If sweets are your passion, we have a chocolate vendor that will delight your tastebuds with allergy-free treats like sunflower cups, seasonal truffles and hot cocoa. And  we have a coffee roaster that can fill your cup during your visit and send you home with freshly roasted beans.

Pick up a pastry, a loaf of bread, or a savory breakfast dish from any one of a half dozen bakers, including two gluten-free and vegan. Despite the chill in the air, you can get all your shopping finished with a smile on your face.

We offer our “DOUBLE BUCKS” program YEAR-ROUND for our SNAP customers and during the Main Season for our FMNP Senior & WIC customers. We also match cash for our SNAP customers and we will be adding some additional benefits in upcoming months so stay tuned for details. Ask for assistance at the Info Desk whenever you visit the market to learn more about using our additional funding programs.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings starting in December and wish you a very lovely Thanksgiving!

Celebrate the summer season with Tomato Day on Saturday, July 13!

It’s time for one of our favorite events of the year: Tomato Day! Oh yeah! Join your favorite vendors and sample dozens of varieties of heirloom tomatoes on the market lawn starting at 9:00 am. We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Chef Kyle Wilkerson for hosting this event for our market community for the third year in a row!

Need a little cooking inspiration? Check out these recipes and chat with folks tomorrow about ways to prepare tomato dishes:

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


In honor of Tomato Day, check out this story from Ken Dawson, a founding market member and owner of Maple Spring Gardens:

How I Came to Love Peanut Butter & Tomato Sandwiches
By Ken Dawson

My Granny always peeled her tomatoes. She would have no more considered putting a plate of sliced but unpeeled tomatoes on the table than she would have taken her wringer washer cleaned sheets off the clothesline and put them away without ironing them. There was a special cut glass dish for sliced tomatoes and a summertime lunch or supper without them was unimaginable. They were a natural fit with string beans and new potatoes, sweet corn (referred to a roastin’ ears) and butterbeans, crowder peas and hot biscuits. July thru September, there were always sliced tomatoes on the table.

The summer I was eight years old, my sister Karen, who was a year younger, and I started going to spend a week at the farm with my grandparents. The summer I was 12, my grandfather asked me to come for a month and work for wages, helping with the tobacco harvest. That was the summer I learned to drive the tractor. The year was 1963 and $5 a week was big money to me then. The next summer Granddaddy did not have a crop, as he was recovering from a mild heart attack. The tenant farmers left and I did not work at the farm. The following Christmas, Granddaddy asked me if I would like to come for the summer and work a small (2 acre) tobacco crop with him. I did not think twice; my parents immediately agreed and the plan was made. That arrangement lasted for 2 summers, the summers I was 14 and 15, during which time I grew up a lot, took over a lot of responsibility for the work of the farm when Granddaddy was sick or “down in his back.” I earned and saved all my spending money for the year and ate a whole lot of sliced tomatoes and corn and butterbeans.

Granny was famous for her biscuits. They were big and soft and white, made with Red Band flour and lard and I believe she could have made them in her sleep. A meal was not complete without them. I asked her once how many was the most she had ever made for one meal, back when my Dad was growing up and she was feeding a larger family of hard working folks. She reckoned it was about 75 biscuits. My Dad claimed to have eaten as many as 15 at a meal. Granny’s main job was keeping us fed. She harvested produce from the garden, shelled a lot of peas, fixed all the meals and filled the freezer for the winter. Some days, though, she helped around the barn during “tobacco saving” time. Then the meals were a little smaller and less elaborate. Then we sometimes made eating a tomato and peanut butter sandwich a part of filling up. This was something my Granddaddy liked, and invented, as far as I know. His version of it was made from a cold biscuit broken in half. Jif Peanut Butter was spread on one half, and “Sandwich Spread,” a mixture of mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, was spread on the other half of the biscuit. A big slice of peeled tomato went in between. They were mighty good. I learned to love peanut butter and tomato sandwiches at my Granny’s dinner table in the late 50’s and early ’60s and have been eating them ever since. The basic formula is sill pretty much the same, but nowadays I prefer a good whole wheat bread, Duke’s Mayonnaise, and a good, all natural peanut butter. And I don’t peel my tomatoes.

I still eat tomato and peanut butter sandwiches. I still love ’em and they always remind me of an awfully good part of my growing up – summers working on my grandparents’ farm and great homegrown meals at my Granny’s dinner table. I have never known anyone else who ate tomato and peanut butter sandwiches, except one summer, we had a young woman, Jo, working here with us. Turns out she had grown up eating tomato and peanut butter sandwiches with her family. We never did figure out if we were related.


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, July 20

  • Chat with the Master Gardeners from 8 am-12 pm.

Saturday, August 10


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Celebrate Tomato Day on July 10 & 13!

If you have been to the farmers’ market in the past few weeks, you have likely been drawn to the colorful displays of heirloom tomatoes. Red, purple, yellow, green, orange, pink – it’s a rainbow! Why are there so many colors and what exactly is an heirloom tomato?

Heirloom is a term used to describe any tomato plant that is openly pollinated by wind or bees and that has been growing for more than 50 years. The seeds have been passed down for generations due to their rich flavors and unique colors, shapes and sizes. Heirlooms have tender skin and an almost-perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. They are also full of vitamins A and C, fiber and minerals that support bone and cardiovascular health.

To understand why heirlooms have a different flavor than hybrids, you have to look at the plant. The more foliage a plant has in relation to its fruit, the better the flavor. Sugar and acid are made in the leaves so a large number of leaves means an abundance of both acid and sugar. Heirlooms yield fewer tomatoes per plant than hybrids, meaning that there is a better ratio of leaves per fruit on each plant. This is one of the reasons you may notice a taste difference between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes.

Each heirloom tomato tells a story. From its bumpy exterior full of deep cracks to it’s luscious, marbled interior, these tomatoes are works of art. In general, the darker the color, the more tart, and the lighter the color, the more sweet. Not sure what tomato to pick? Ask your farmer! Explain what you plan to cook and they can provide you with a recommendation.

Heirloom tomatoes are regional so you may see different varieties depending where your summer travels take you around the state, country or globe. Varieties you will see at the Durham Farmers’ Market include Cherokee Purple, Indigo Apple, Beefsteak, Carneros Pink, Red Zebra, Striped Cavern, Sweet Solano, Pineapple and Green Zebra.

Join us to celebrate the bounty of the summer season and to sample dozens of varieties of heirlooms at our Tomato Day celebration on Wednesday, July 10 from 3-5 pm and Saturday, July 13 from 9-11 am. We hope to see you there and that you continue to experiment with different heirloom varieties with your cooking this summer.

Celebrate our 20th anniversary season with a birthday party on Saturday, July 13!

It’s our 20th anniversary and it’s time to party. We cannot wait to celebrate with you tomorrow! Join your favorite vendors and share your market memories with us. We’ll kick-off the festivities with a small ceremony honoring our vendors at 7:30 am and cake will be served at 8:00 am. Our vendors and customers make our market community so special and we couldn’t do it without you. We hope you’ll make plans to celebrate this milestone with us!

Also, save the date for Tomato Day, which will be celebrated next Wednesday, July 10 and Saturday, July 13. We’re grateful to have Chef Kyle Wilkerson back at the market hosting this event with us. You don’t want to miss one of the favorite events of the year!

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, July 13

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

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Read the rest of the July 5, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Join the Living Arts Collective for the Community Dance Wave on Saturday, June 29!

There’s so much happening at the Durham Farmers’ Market right now! Summer produce takes center stage and you can find every color of the rainbow on our farmers’ tables. Swing by and pick up your favorite fruits and veggies and enjoy creating a delicious meal at home. Don’t forget to pick-up local meat for the grill and delicious beverages, baked goods and cheese to fill your tables.

Tomorrow please join our friends from the Living Arts Collective for a Community Dance Wave on the lawn at 9:00 am. The past two months have been so much fun and we cannot wait to bring dancing back to the market! The event is for all ages. Just bring yourself, a reusable water bottle and share in the joy of spending time with your neighbors in Durham’s backyard at Durham Central Park.

Also, we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary with birthday cake next week! Join your favorite vendors and share your market memories with us. We’ll kick-off the festivities on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 pm. The party will continue on Saturday, July 6 with a small ceremony honoring our vendors at 7:30 am and cake will be served at 8:00 am. Our vendors and customers make our market community so special and we couldn’t do it without you. We hope you’ll make plans to celebrate this milestone with us!

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, July 13

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

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Kick-off the first weekend of summer with an ADF performance on Saturday, June 22!

We’re excited to kickoff the first official weekend of summer with you and your family! You’ll find your favorite summer produce, including watermelon, sweet corn, tomatoes and much, much more at the market right now. This is such an easy time of the year to purchase all of your groceries at the farmers’ market so bring your shopping bags and stock up on local food.

This week we’re happy to welcome 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 and you don’t want to miss this!

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 29

Saturday, July 13

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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