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Friends of the Market Fundraiser

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!

Quick Donation – $20

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Adapting for life with COVID- 19

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.

New Vendor Applications Have Been Completed!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Durham Farmers’ Market!

We have completed our process for the upcoming season of 2020-2021 for accepting new member applications. We’ve added three new vendors to the lineup for the 2020-2021 Season. They are Crumbs, a Vegan baker;  Red Tail Grains produce flours and grains locally; and Huanong Ecorganic Farm specializes in Asian vegetables. Look for these vendors in April of 2020.

We will reopen the process at new vendors the end of December 2020 for the following season, if we have available spaces.

We are currently reviewing applications for Guest Vendors that we received and we will update this page should we need additional vendors in specific foods.

*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

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!

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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!

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