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Enjoy the flavors & colors of winter on Saturday, January 26!

We’re incredibly grateful to our farmers’ market community during the winter months. Thanks to you, our vendors have a vibrant marketplace where they can sell their products year round. Right now some of our favorite produce can be found at the market, including colorful root veggies, deep greens and lettuces, and much more. Swing by to see what’s in season and to enjoy the flavors and vibrant colors of the winter months.

As you know, many of our families, friends and neighbors are feeling the effects of the government shutdown. We want to help the best way we know how – through nutritious local food and a caring community. If you are a SNAP/EBT recipient, we are here to support you by expanding our Double Bucks program. Stop by the Info Table to get your tokens and talk to staff about what additional support is available. To our neighbors who are furloughed government employees, we’re opening up our Cash Match program to you until the shutdown is over. Please bring your government ID to the Info Table to get started. We appreciate our community and are here to nourish you and your families. If you have questions, please e-mail or call us and we’re happy to chat about these opportunities with you.


What’s for dinner?
Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Savor the deep flavors of the winter season with this nutritious vegetable soup. And remember to add your favorite meat to this soup for a heartier meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1-2 cups chopped seasonal vegetables
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh kale or collard greens, tough ribs removed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • Optional – Meat of your choice!

Directions – Check out the directions here. Enjoy!


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Read the rest of the January 25, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Spend your morning with your community on Saturday, January 19!

We hope you’re looking forward to a weekend of rest, relaxation and time with friends and family. It’s our joy to kickoff every weekend with you so we hope you’ll join us tomorrow morning!

As you know, many of our families, friends and neighbors are feeling the effects of the government shutdown. We want to help the best way we know how – through nutritious local food and a caring community. If you are a SNAP/EBT recipient, we are here to support you by expanding our Double Bucks program. Stop by the Info Table to get your tokens and talk to staff about what additional support is available. To our neighbors who are furloughed government employees, we’re opening up our Cash Match program to you until the shutdown is over. Please bring your government ID to the Info Table to get started. We appreciate our community and are here to nourish you and your families. If you have questions, please e-mail or call us and we’re happy to chat about these opportunities with you.

Finally, our friends at Farmer Foodshare are hosting a special event next Wednesday, January 23. Join them for the first in a series of free events featuring speakers from the Triangle region who live the Farmer Foodshare mission of “Food for All.” In this presentation, you’ll meet Kamal Bell of Sankofa Farms. Kamal started an Agricultural Academy on Sankofa Farms in order to teach young men living in low-income neighborhoods of Durham County about the history and vocation of farming. Kamal helps these youth understand the legacy of race and farming for African Americans, and he’s empowering these young people to take the knowledge and skills they obtain at Sankofa Farms back into their communities. He’s creating pathways for healthy living as well as careers. For more information, check out their event page. We hope you’ll attend!


What’s for dinner?
Kale & Sausage Soup

With the impending cold weather at the beginning of next week, now’s the perfect time to whip up a batch of hearty soup. And don’t forget to pick-up your favorite hearth-baked bread while you’re shopping on Saturday. Bread, butter and a hearty soup – what’s better than that?

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of sausage, your choice
  • 6-8 cups of broth
  • 1 pound of potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bag or bunch of kale
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the sausage on medium heat until slightly browned and set aside on a different plate.
  2. Chop the potatoes into small chunks and add to the broth. Boil on medium high heat until the potatoes are tender. Blend the potatoes and the broth together until smooth, return to pot, and keep warm on medium-low heat.
  3. Chop the onion and sauté. Add the onions to the broth-potato blend. Add the sausage (chopping first if needed), thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low.
  4. Wash and chop the kale into thin pieces. Add to the soup and cook only as long as it takes for the kale to turn bright green.  Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy!

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Read the rest of the January 18, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Kickoff the new year at the farmers’ market on Saturday, January 5!

We hope your first week of 2019 has been lovely! While most of us cannot believe it’s already a new year, we’re ready to set goals and embrace the surprises that 2019 will bring us. If one of your goals is to take better care of yourself and live a healthier life, the farmers’ market is the perfect place to start. Every Saturday you have the opportunity to engage with your community and share meaningful conversations with your neighbors. You also can purchase the healthiest and freshest food in town directly from your local farmers. Feeling stuck in a rut with recipes? Chat with our vendors as they can share tips for their favorite meals with you. We hope visiting the farmers’ market helps you work toward some of your goals this year and we look forward to seeing you every Saturday.


What’s for dinner?
Rosemary roasted butternut squash!

This simple dish has great flavors and warmth for these dark winter evenings – perfect for any dinner or a side dish. Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss ingredients together until evenly coated with oil and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place evenly on a non-stick baking sheet and roast until tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

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Read the rest of the January 4, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

The Durham Farmers’ Market is accepting New Member Applications!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Durham Farmers’ Market! We are now accepting new member applications for the 2019-20 season. The deadline for applications is January 4, 2019. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Durham Farmers’ Market, including browsing our website and visiting our Winter Market on Saturdays from 10 am-noon. Prior to applying, all applicants must review the current Durham Farmers’ Market’s Rules and By-Laws. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application.

*Please note that all prepared food items, meat, fish and cheese must meet state and local health regulations at the time of application. If you are a new vendor and have not yet acquired the required licenses/certificates, please contact us prior to submitting your application.

Vendor Fees

  • Application Fee Part 1: $20 (non-refundable)
  • Application Fee Part 2 (Note: Only selected applicants will be invited to complete Part 2 of the application and will be notified by the Market Manager): $40 (non-refundable)
  • Annual Membership Fee (only paid if accepted as a Market Member): $100
  • Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1903, Durham, NC 27702. Please do not send mail to our physical location as it may be lost.

Daily Stall Fees

(for the 2018-19 Market Season – please note that these fees may change for the 2019-20 season )

  • $20 – Summer Season Stall (April-November) & Winter Season Stall (December-March)
  • $10 – Wednesday Season Stall (mid-April through mid-October)
  • *Note: These fees are subject to change.

Thanks again for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Durham Farmers’ Market!

Finish your holiday shopping at the farmers’ market!

Are you ready to complete your holiday shopping? Or maybe you’re like me and haven’t really even started. Shopping at the farmers’ market is the perfect opportunity to pick up truly beautiful, handmade, local gifts that will show your friends and family how much you love them!

Beautiful wreaths and fresh flowers are always an amazing way to help a loved one decorate their home and make them feel special. How about an amazing, hand-made cutting board? Cutting boards are the perfect gift for a friend that loves to cook or make an amazing way of serving a cheese tray! Looking to bundle up a few gifts from our vendors? Try a cutting board, cheese, award-winning jam, and fresh baked bread!

If you just can’t seem to decide, stop by the Information Table and pick up a gift certificate to add to a Christmas card made by a local crafter. We have everything you need, from stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind gifts. And while you’re here, don’t forget to pick up fresh produce and meat for your special holiday feasts!

From all of us at the Durham Farmers’ Market, we wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Bundle up & find everything you need for cozy winter meals at the market on Saturday, December 8!

We hope you’ll bundle up and join us at the market tomorrow morning! The temperature will drop on Sunday through early next week so it’s the perfect time to warm up your house with soup. With all of the root veggies and vibrant greens available right now, there’s no wrong way to prepare a hearty soup for your family. Share your favorite recipes with us or check out the simple chicken noodle soup recipe below.

Also, don’t forget to do your holiday shopping at the farmers’ market. We have perfect gifts for everyone on your list. And check out our neighbors at the Durham Craft Market and the Art Market at Vega Metals. Thank you for shopping local this holiday season!


What’s for dinner?
Chicken Noodle Soup

This favorite family meal is perfect for a cold weekend spent indoors. Make your soup extra special (and nutritious) by picking up the ingredients at the farmers’ market.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced onion or 1 bunch chopped scallions
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • 6 ounces pasta (your choice!)
  • 6 ounces of cooked shredded chicken

Directions

  • Check out this link & enjoy!

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Read the rest of the December 7, 2018 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

The Winter Market season kicks off on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am-Noon!

The Winter Market season is upon us! Collard greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage, kale and spinach are just a few of the nutritious veggies that can be found at the market every Saturday from 10 am-Noon. Not only do all of these veggies grow no more than 70 miles away from Durham Central Park, but they are also nature’s way of providing our bodies with the nutrients it needs to fight typical cold weather illnesses. Round out your shopping trip with local meats, cheese, fresh bread and so much more, including locally made chocolate!

As a reminder, the Durham Farmers’ Market Food Programs run throughout the entire year! We accept SNAP and offer cash matching for customers that participate in SNAP or WIC. And don’t forget about the Double Bucks program, which matches SNAP and cash matching transactions up to $10. Want to learn more? The Durham Farmers’ Market Food Programs were recently featured on Healthy Durham 20/20’s website.

Finally, don’t forget to look for vendors in their Winter Market locations. Swing by the Info Table if you’re having trouble finding a specific vendor.

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Read the rest of the November 30, 2018 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Join us for the Winter Market every Saturday from 10 am-noon!

The Winter Market season is upon us!

It’s a common misconception that fresh produce does not thrive in the Piedmont during the Winter. The reality is that tasty, fresh veggies grow during our cold months. Collard greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage, kale and spinach are just a few of the nutritious veggies that can be found at the Winter Market every Saturday from 10 am-Noon. Not only do all of these veggies grow no more than 70 miles away from Durham Central Park, but they are also nature’s way of providing our bodies with the nutrients it needs to fight typical cold weather illnesses. Round out your shopping trip with local meats, cheese, fresh bread and so much more, including locally made chocolate!

As a reminder, the Durham Farmers’ Market Food Programs run throughout the entire year! We accept SNAP and offer cash matching for customers that participate in SNAP or WIC. And don’t forget about the Double Bucks program, which matches SNAP and cash matching transactions up to $10. Want to learn more? The Durham Farmers’ Market Food Programs were recently featured on Healthy Durham 20/20’s website.

Bundle up and we’ll see you at the market!

Pick-up fresh produce, meat, baked goods & more for your Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday from 3-5 pm!

We’re lucky to live in a region where we don’t have to stray too far from the traditional Thanksgiving dishes in order to use local, seasonal produce. Let’s talk about what our vendors are selling that could make an appearance on your holiday meal plates.

Considering North Carolina is the top producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, it makes sense to start with these delicious veggies. You can make both sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes from your next market purchases. It’s easy to get excited about these rich, buttery dishes but don’t forget to eat your greens, which may be the hardest decision because there are so many kinds to choose from. Tomorrow you will come across bok choy, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, chard, spinach, and a variety of lettuces. Cook chard down with garlic or compete for the most vibrant salad on the block. Although it’s not a usual suspect, cabbage tastes great with any dressing and provides extra crunch, too. If you really want to cook outside of the box, cabbage stuffed with rice or meat will surely impress your family. While most of us will opt for a turkey, there is no shortage of sausage and other pasture-raised meats at the market. Last but not least, there is plenty of squash, pumpkin and other members of the gourd family. A classic pumpkin soup will pair well with anything on the table, otherwise toss any squash into the oven for an easy side dish. See how seasonal you can be this year and let us know how it goes!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our special market.
And don’t forget we are closed on Saturday, November 24 and will re-open with our winter hours on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am-noon.

From all of us at the Durham Farmers’ Market, we are incredibly grateful for YOU and we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


Who will be at the market tomorrow?

Below is a list of confirmed vendors and there will probably be a few more additions. Be sure to swing by the market from 3-5 pm and pick up the best produce, meat, cheese, bread, pastries, flowers and more!

  • Bluebird Meadows
  • Boxcarr Handmade Cheese
  • Chapel Hill Creamery
  • Cilantro Artisan Foods
  • Elodie Farms
  • Fickle Creek Farm
  • Fullsteam Brewery
  • Harland’s Creek Farm
  • Haw River Mushrooms
  • Homebucha
  • Honeygirl Meadery
  • Hurtgen Meadows Farm
  • Loaf
  • Lyon Farms
  • Meadow Lane Farm
  • Melina’s Fresh Pasta
  • Salty Catch Seafood
  • Sarah’s House of Clay
  • South Wind Produce
  • The Spicy Hermit
  • Strong Arm Baking

Want to learn more?

Read the rest of the November 19, 2018 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Make it an all-local Thanksgiving this year!

Join us on Saturday, November 17 from 8 am-12 pm and Tuesday, November 20 from 3-5 pm to pick up everything you need for Thanksgiving!

Our farmers will have sweet potatoes, salad greens, broccoli, turnips, radishes, winter squashes, beets and much more. Several vendors are taking pre-orders for locally raised turkeys and ducks, and there is also a wide selection of chicken, pork, beef and lamb. Do not forget homemade artisan breads, pies, cakes, goat and cow cheeses and homemade granola, jams, jellies, pickles and hot sauces. Shopping at the Durham Farmers’ Market guarantees that you will have the freshest, locally and sustainably grown foods available in the Triangle area!

Also, the Durham Farmers’ Market is proud to accept SNAP/EBT and offer Double Bucks, which matches SNAP/EBT transactions up to $10 and cash transactions for WIC customers, SNAP customers who are out of benefits for the month, and community members who live in Section 8 housing. The market wants to ensure that fresh, sustainably grown food is available to all community members and that everyone has the opportunity to eat local this holiday season.

We can’t wait to see you at the market with full bags of seasonal food for your Thanksgiving feasts!