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Trade-in your Halloween candy & chat with dietitians on Saturday, November 3!

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!

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Join us for our annual Vendor Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 27!

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.

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Celebrate Fall produce at the market on Saturday, October 20!

Fall colors are popping up at the market and we’re all enjoying the transition to different produce. Peppers and eggplant are hanging on, but we know their days are limited as cooler night temperatures become more frequent. As the days get shorter, our bodies will start seeking the nourishment of root veggies and deep greens. Check out our blog post for a reflection on this transition and a recipe for Curried Butternut Squash Soup.

Also, we’re excited for two upcoming events at the market! Next Saturday, October 27, we’ll host our annual Vendor Halloween Costume Contest. We encourage you and your kiddos to come dressed in your favorite Halloween outfits, too! And on November 10, we’re hosting 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. 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.

PS – If you visit the State Fair this weekend, don’t forget to look for our vendors. Several won ribbons for their delicious products and we couldn’t be happier for them!

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Join us for a Hurricane Florence service project on Saturday, October 13 at 10 am

This has been a whirlwind of a week and our thoughts are with all of the families affected by Hurricane Michael across the southeast. Mother Nature sure has given us a crazy Fall season so far. The transition to cooler days is welcomed by everyone, especially our farmers. You’ll start seeing new produce appear on their tables, including a variety of greens, root veggies and much more. Be sure to enjoy peppers and eggplant before they’re gone for the season (although we hope the first frost is still a ways off).

Tomorrow we’re excited to join Durham County 4-H and NC WARN as we come together to assemble flood buckets and hygiene kits for our NC family affected by Hurricane Florence. The supplies will be taken to Wilmington, Lumberton and other areas in the Eastern part of our state. Cooperative Extension centers in those areas will distribute the supplies to families who are recovering from the storm. We will provide the 5 gallon buckets and Ziploc bags. We need YOU to provide the following NEW items in their original packaging to help fill our buckets:

  • Travel sized toiletries, including toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream/razors, combs and washcloths
  • Scouring pads, scrub brushes and all-purpose sponges
  • Dish detergent
  • Household cleaners
  • 33 galloon trash bags
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Eyeglass protectors
  • Terry towels

Please bring your donations to the Info Table and join the teenagers from NC Warn and 4-H in assembling the buckets. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

If you’re looking for a fun family event next Tuesday, October 16, join us for Neighbors Feeding Neighbors 2018! This annual event is sponsored by the Durham CROP Hunger Walk and Durham Congregations in Action. The event raises money to help people in poverty through local and global relief programs by having the Durham community come together for an enjoyable meal on World Hunger Day. The Durham Farmers’ Market receives support for our Double Bucks program through this event so be sure to join us. Double Bucks matches SNAP/EBT transactions at the market up to $10, ensuring that community members have increased access to fresh, local food. For more information, check out this link.

Also, please mark your calendars for two exciting events! On October 27, we’ll host our annual Vendor Halloween Costume Contest. And on November 10, we’re hosting 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. 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.

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Join us for the Final Wellness Wednesday of the Season!

Happy Wednesday Market Community! Today marks the final Wednesday market of the 2018 season! Our Wednesday market started strong with juicy, bright strawberries and is ending with the signs of Fall bringing butternut squash and tasty kale. During the summer we invited out Master Gardeners and spent time with our youngest shoppers during Sprouts Kid’s Club! This really has been an amazing season and we are so grateful to our fantastic customers!

We look forward to seeing you today to celebrate the end of the Wednesday market season!

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Kickoff a beautiful Fall weekend at the farmers’ market on Saturday, October 6!

We hope you all kick-off a beautiful Fall weekend with a visit to the farmers’ market with your families! We have several exciting upcoming events so be sure to market your calendars for the following:

  • Service Project with NC Warn and the Durham County 4-H Club on October 13
  • Vendor Halloween Costume Contest on October 27
  • Our First Annual Silent Auction on November 10. Trust us, this is an event that you don’t want to miss!

And don’t forget to check out Strong Arm Baking, our new Guest Vendor who will be joining us on Saturday mornings.

On October 13, join Durham County 4-H and NC WARN as we come together to assemble flood buckets and hygiene kits for our NC family affected by Hurricane Florence. The supplies will be taken to Wilmington, Lumberton and other areas in the Eastern part of our state. Cooperative Extension centers in those areas will distribute the supplies to families who are recovering from the storm. We will provide the 5 gallon buckets and Ziploc bags. We need YOU to provide the following NEW items in their original packaging to help fill our buckets:

  • Travel sized toiletries, including toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream/razors, combs and washcloths
  • Scouring pads, scrub brushes and all-purpose sponges
  • Dish detergent
  • Household cleaners
  • 33 galloon trash bags
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Eyeglass protectors
  • Terry towels

Donations can be dropped off prior to October 13 at the Durham County Co-operative Extension Office, which is located at 721 Foster Street in downtown Durham. Or you can bring your donations to the Info Table at the market any time. Thank you for your generosity!

Finally, as a reminder, below is our market schedule:

  • Wednesday Market ends on October 10. Don’t miss your last chance to pick up your mid-week groceries!
  • 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.

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Wellness Wednesday Fall Grocery Time

The weather is finally starting to cool and show signs of the changing season!

This year, we will be hosting a Silent Auction on Saturday, November 10 during the entire market from 8 am – noon. We will have fabulous local gifts making the Silent Auction a great way to kick off any holiday shopping you may have to get done. Our Silent Auction will benefit our children’s programming and Double Bucks food program.

We look forward to seeing you at market today and don’t forget to ask your favorite farmers for Fall recipes and cooking tips!

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Bring your mat & join us for Soul Yoga on Saturday, September 29!

Happy Friday! We have a fun Fall farmers’ market prepared for you tomorrow and are excited to introduce you to Strong Arm Baking, our new Guest Vendor. They’ll be providing seasonal baked goods and fresh bread so be sure to swing by and check them out. Also, if you want to squeeze your workout in while visiting the market, bring your yoga mat and join us for Soul Yoga. Registration starts at 9:00 am and the class is from 9:30-10:30 am. This event is part of the Art of Cool Fest and we’re excited to share this program with our market community!

Thank you to everyone who donated supplies for Hurricane Florence relief at the market last weekend. As a reminder, we’re partnering with the Diaper Bank fo North Carolina for a donation drive. You can directly help our neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence by bringing the following new items (in their original packaging) to the Info Table:

  • Size 4 & 5 diapers
  • Feminine hygiene pads
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby formula
  • Toilet paper

The Diaper Bank works with the governor’s office and state and local disaster management agencies to determine how they can be of most help and what items are needed in these communities.

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Fall Veggies at Wellness Wednesday

Happy Fall!! The Fall officially arrived last week and the market is filling up with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and greens.

I would like to send a HUGE thank you out to all of our wonderful customers for helping us gather items to send to the NC Diaper Bank as they support families that were affected by Hurricane Florence. The outpouring of donations, love, and interest in helping was absolutely amazing!

We have a lot of wonderful activities planned for our Fall Saturday markets and we hope you will be able to join us! The Art of Cool Festival will be hosting Soul Yoga this weekend, September 29. Yoga starts at 9:30 am, don’t forget your mat and water bottle!

The Durham Farmers’ Market will also be hosting a Silent Auction on November 10 from 8 am – noon. The Silent Auction will help support our Wednesday Sprouts Kid’s Club during the summer as well as our Double Bucks program at market. All gifts will be local, so come support the market and get a little early holiday shopping done!

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Pick Up Fresh Fall Veggies at Wellness Wednesday

Fall officially begins September 22. 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.

The past week has been a stressful time for our state and we are grateful for all of the hard work that our farmers have done to keep food on our tables and in our community despite having to deal with the same uncertainty.

You can directly help our neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence by bringing donations for the Diaper Bank to the market, starting today, going from September 19-29. Please drop your donations off at the Info Table and remember that these items must be new and in their original packaging.

• Size 4 and 5 diapers
• Feminine hygiene pads
• Baby wipes
• Baby formula
• Toilet paper

The Diaper Bank works with the governor’s office and state and local disaster management agencies to determine how they can be of most help and what items are needed in these communities. We are already collecting supplies to donate. Will you join us?

PS – If you cannot make it out to the market, you can purchase supplies for the Diaper Bank on their Amazon Wishlist. Thank you for your support

We look forward to seeing you at market today. It is a great chance to get outside and join the community after a long weekend of time indoors.

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