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New Vendor Applications Being Accepted!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Durham Farmers’ Market! We are now accepting new member applications for the 2020-21 season. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 3, 2020. 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. Links can be found below.

We have very few spaces available this year. Our customers have asked us for diverse ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat foods that are made from local farm products. We also seek farmers raising animal products like duck, quail, and rabbit along with fruit producers of apples, pears, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, pawpaws, persimmons, and figs. The application fee is $20 and can be paid through Square or by sending a check with your 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 $40 (non-refundable) Note: Only selected applicants will be invited to complete Part 2 of the application and will be notified by the Market Manager.
  • Annual Membership Fee $100 which is only paid if accepted as a Market Member
  • Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1903, Durham, NC 27702. Please do not send mail to our physical location as there is no delivery box.

Daily Stall Fees

for the 2020-21 Market Season – please note that these fees may change

  • $25 – Summer Season Saturday Stall (April-November)
  • $20 – Winter Season Saturday Stall (December-March)
  • $15 – 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!

Welcome to the Winter Market Season

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.



Gift Giving begins at the Farmers’ Market

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!


(Pre) Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, November 26th from 3-6


Come shop our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, November 26th from 3 – 6 pm for all your holiday weekend needs. Surprise your guests with loads of local food and brighten up your home with beautiful flowers and wreaths.

Our wonderful farmers, bakers and alcohol makers are bringing plenty of holiday cheer on Tuesday. The market will be full with all the vendors you love to shop on Saturday and Wednesday through the warmer Main Season months. They are bringing your special orders along with plenty of food to fill your table.  We’ll be set up at the Info Table to process DOUBLE BUCKS for our SNAP customers too!

Twix for Tomatoes on November 2

We hope you and your family are excited for Halloween! THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our annual Costume Contest by voting for your favorite vendors.

Speaking of Halloween – did you buy a little too much candy? 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.

Fall Produce, Summer Weather!

Fall officially begins September 23. The change in the season can be seen at market as the produce changes. Tasty squash and greens are a sure sign that Fall has arrived. The veggies that grow during the Fall are full of amazing nutrients that help protect our bodies from the colds that circulate as the weather cools.

Even though Fall is right around the corner, Summer can still be felt, seen, and tasted at the market. Make sure to pick up your last favorite Summer veggies and get ready to roast some butternut squash!

Want to learn more?
Read the rest of the September 11, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Join PIRI for a Summer Panzanella Tasting

Happy Friday from Durham Farmers’ Market! We are so excited to invite the absolutely amazing team from PIRI back to market tomorrow morning! PIRI will be preparing a summer Panzanella packed with summer veggies and herbs. Visit them on the lawn starting at 8:30 am and get some inspiration with local, fresh ingredients!

Want to learn more?
Read the rest of the August 24, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Summer Produce and Locally Raised Meat at Market Saturday

We hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation! We’re gearing up for fall and planning several fun events for the market community that we’re excited to share with you in the upcoming weeks.

Let us know what advice you have for packing lunches in a time crunch. Cooking with seasonal food doesn’t always have to be time-consuming!

Did you miss Frank Stasio from WUNC’s “The State of Things” when he interviewed one of Durham Farmers’ Market’s own farmers, Martha Mobley of Meadow Lane Farm? Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts!

Want to learn more?
Read the rest of the August 17, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Shop Local for National Farmers’ Market Week on Saturday, August 10

Happy National Farmers’ Market Week! Why do we love shopping at local markets? Check out the top 5 reasons below and share with us what you love!

Farmers’ markets:
1.) Preserve farmland
2.) Stimulate local economies
3.) Increase access to nutritious food
4.) Support healthy communities
5.) Promote sustainability

We look forward to welcoming you to market to share in the local produce, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, crafts, and more! All vendors at the market come from 70 miles away or less. This means that the produce was most likely picked just the day before, making sure that it is as fresh as possible! Farmers love to share their favorite recipes or tell you how your food was grown, making farmers’ markets a very special place to shop.

Don’t miss one of our own farmers, Martha Mobley of Meadow Lane Farm, as she joins Frank Stasio on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” Martha will be sharing her life story as a woman farmer and business owner in North Carolina. Check out WUNC on Monday to hear her story or download wherever you get your podcasts!

Want to learn more?
Read the rest of the August 10, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.

Support your local farmers & food producers on Saturday, August 3!

Summer is in full swing at the market! Check out these beautiful pictures and swing by to fill your shopping basket with every color of the rainbow. See you tomorrow at Durham Central Park!

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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Read the rest of the August 2, 2019 newsletter or sign up to receive the next newsletter in your inbox.