We hope you and your family had a very happy Halloween! THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our annual Costume Contest by voting for your favorite vendors. The fortune tellers from South Wind Produce won this year with their amazing costume and decorations (who didn’t love their puns for their produce?). Thanks to you, we raised $300 for our Double Bucks program, which matches SNAP/EBT transactions up to $10.
Speaking of Halloween – did you only have 3 trick-or-treaters this year? Are you desperately trying to get all that extra Halloween candy out of your house? Trade in your candy for farmers’ market gift certificates this Saturday! Look for Bull City Fit‘s Twix for Tomatoes booth on the market lawn. Candy will be re-purposed for holiday crafts at the Kidzu Children’s Museum.
Also, join the team from the Durham Chapel Hill Dietetic Association tomorrow. They’ll be whipping seasonal snacks on the market lawn from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Be sure to taste their delicious samples and chat about your nutrition questions, particularly if you’re looking for tips on seasonal eating and meal prep.
We’re gearing up for our Silent Auction, which will take place at the market next Saturday, November 10. This event will raise funds for some of your favorite market programs, including the Sprouts Kid’s Club, Double Bucks, and more. Come prepared to complete your holiday shopping while also supporting the market that you love! Check out a quick summary of some of the items available below:
Signed basketballs from the coaches at Duke, NC State and UNC
Homemade gifts from our vendors, including cutting boards, crafts, baked goods, wreaths & much more!
Gift certificates to some of your favorite restaurants in Durham, as well as to Durham Farmers’ Market vendors
We’ll post a list of the items available on our website, including times for when the bidding will close. Continue checking the website for the latest information and stay tuned for the final details in next Friday’s newsletter.
Finally, as a reminder, the Saturday Main Season Market runs through November 17. We’ll host our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Market on Tuesday, November 20 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The Saturday Winter Market will begin on December 1 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. That’s a lot of dates to keep straight!
We hope you and your families are looking forward to Halloween! Our vendors are ready and excited to participate in our annual costume contest. Every year we host this contest as a fundraiser for our Double Bucks program, which matches SNAP/EBT transactions up to $10. You can purchase tickets to vote for your favorite vendor(s) at our Info Table. Tickets are $1 each or you can buy a bundle of 8 tickets for $5. It’s the perfect way to show your support for our vendors while also benefiting Double Bucks, which is one of our market’s most important programs. We encourage you and your kiddos to come dressed in your favorite Halloween outfits, too! And be sure to save your leftover Halloween candy for our annual trade-in event with Bull City Fit on Saturday, November 3. Your kids will be able to swap handfuls of candy for a gift certificate to the farmers’ market.
This Saturday we’ll also have special bouquets of marigolds for everyone celebrating Dia de los Muertos. Martha and Mario at Meadow Lane Farm planted special flowers for this celebration and are excited to share them with you. Why are marigolds used on this holiday? The vibrant colors and strong scent help guide the spirits to the altars set-up by families. What better way to honor your ancestors than with locally grown flowers?
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 10 when we’ll host our first annual Silent Auction to raise funds for some of your favorite market programs, including the Sprouts Kid’s Club, Double Bucks, and more. We’re collecting auction items right now and, trust us, there are some incredible items up for bid. Save the date and come prepared to complete your holiday shopping while also supporting the market that you love.
Finally, as a reminder, below is our market schedule:
The Wednesday Market is closed for the season. Thank you for your support!
Saturday Main Season Market runs through November 17 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm.
Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Market will be held on Tuesday, November 20 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The Saturday Market will be closed on November 24.
Saturday Winter Market begins on December 1 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.
We’re excited to host our first Silent Auction and raffle on November 10! We have AMAZING items from the best local businesses that would make perfect holiday gifts (or just something special for you!).
For the raffle portion of our event, we have gift certificates from some of our favorite local restaurants, including Motorco, Pompieri Pizza, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Heirloom Restaurant (Roxboro) and more. The chefs at those restaurants shop at the market and use as many local products on their menus as possible. Our raffle will also include gifts from our very own farmers’ market vendors! There will be beautiful crafts and gift certificates for cheese, chips and salsa, and even a jar of strawberry jam that won first place at the 2018 State Fair! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 7 tickets for $5.
The Silent Auction portion of our fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 10 and begins at 8:00 am on the lawn. There are some incredible items to bid on that will make thoughtful holiday gifts for your loved ones! Below is a list of the items available and the closing times for bidding.
You’ll also be able to pickup your favorite DFM merch at the event, in addition to gift certificates to the market. And don’t forget to ask us about our Friend of the Market Program. We’d love to chat with you about it!
Why are we having a silent auction? You may not know that the market operates primarily off of the weekly stall fees from our farmers and artisans. Despite this modest budget, we are constantly working to make fresh and healthy food accessible to our entire Durham community. We want to continue expanding the offerings of our market and need your help to make this happen. All of the money raised from this event will go toward market programs you love, such as the Sprouts Kid’s Club, the Double Bucks Program, cooking demos, and much, much more!
We hope you’ll join us on November 10 and complete your holiday shopping at the market! Until then, check out photos of a few of the auction items below.
It is hard to believe, but the Fall Equinox on September 22 is the official mark of the beginning of Autumn. The nights will start to get longer, leaving daylight shorter as cool weather begins to settle in. Birds and butterflies will begin migrating to warmer areas and we will begin setting sweaters and scarves out.
The Fall Equinox marks the start of a new season and the opportunity to make changes in our lives, to declutter and feel lighter. It is the opportunity to “change with the season,” commit to better eating habits and a more active life. For many, summer is a time of traveling and movement, taking care of kids, and making quick meals with as little heat as possible. Autumn is the time to slow down and root into life.
The change in seasons is starting to show at market, moving from watermelons to pumpkins and peaches to kale. Having a few quick meals for each season can save you from eating a bland and boring dinner. Make sure to plan ahead and make an extra serving to save for lunch the next day!
3 honey nut squash (or small butternuts) sliced in half lengthwise, seeded, and hollowed out leaving 1/4 inch on the sides
1 cup quinoa
2 cups veggie stock
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup kale, stems removed and chopped
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Drizzle squash with a little olive oil. Place squash on an oiled baking sheet cut side down and roast for about 20 minutes. (If using larger butternut squash this process may take longer).
Place 1 cup uncooked quinoa and two cups veggie stock in a pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 12-15 minutes, or until quinoa is fully cooked.
Saute garlic and onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. After about 7 minutes add kale. Continue to cook until kale is bright green and wilted (about 8 minutes).
Mix your quinoa and kale mixture together (you may have extra quinoa, save it for a later use).
Take squash out of the oven and scoop a healthy portion of quinoa mixture into each half. Top with a handful of gorgonzola cheese and place back in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve warm and enjoy!
Based on the information regarding Hurricane Florence, the market will be closed on Saturday, September 15.
The Durham Farmers’ Market’s policy is to remain open rain or shine unless we determine that it will be unsafe for vendors and customers. We are committed to our customers and to ensuring that we are open the days and hours that we have published. Our vendors have worked many long hours to provide you with the best products in the Triangle. However, we hope you’ll understand the decision to close the market on Saturday and be there to support our vendors next Wednesday when the market re-opens.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.