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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!

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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!

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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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Stock up on tomatoes & your favorite summer produce on Saturday, July 27!

With all the beautiful produce at the market right now, it’s the perfect time of the year to make a variety of salsas. What’s your favorite recipe? Post it on Instagram using #DFMLove and share the recipe with our community!

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3 Ears Sweet Corn
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 1-2 Peppers
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Medium Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Cilantro

Directions

  1. If you prefer cooked corn, shuck the corn and boil for 3 minutes. Once cooled, cut the kernels off the cob.
  2. Combine the corn and beans into a medium sized bowl.
  3. Dice the onion, pepper, avocados and tomatoes then mix them in the bowl.
  4. Chop the cilantro finely and mix that in with the salt. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Add more salt and lime to taste.
  5. Gently stir all ingredients together and enjoy with your favorite chips or veggies!

Are you traveling this weekend? Don’t forget you can re-stock on local groceries at the Wednesday Market every week from 3-6 pm.


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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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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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 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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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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