I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful week of rain and a change in weather! We look forward to seeing you rain or shine at the market today! The summer has been going by so quickly, it is sometimes easy to miss a new item at the market. Here is a delicious okra recipe created by one of our fabulous local foodie’s, Nicole Cardon.
Crispy Spiced Okra With Roasted Garlic & Chili Aioli
1 pound Okra, sliced in 1/8in thin rings Olive Oil (or any mild tasting oil of your choice)
Spice Blend – combine in bowl, will make extra 3 teaspoons chili powder 1.5 teaspoons sweet paprika 1.5 teaspoon adobo seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Chili Aioli – Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth 1 cup homemade or your favorite store bought mayo 6-8 cloves of roasted garlic 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon chili powder
Add enough oil to barely coat the bottom of a skillet preheated on medium heat. Make sure okra is completely dry and add it to the pan in one layer, be sure to not overcrowd. Cook in two or three batches if needed. Stir frequently and pan fry for 7-10 minutes or until brown and crispy. Transfer the cooked okra into a bowl with a slotted spoon to leave oil in pan and immediately add a teaspoonful of the spice blend. Toss to coat the okra and add more seasoning as needed. Drizzle aioli over spiced okra or serve on the side for cooking.
In case you missed it, the Durham Farmers’ Market has a new website! Check out all of the beautiful pictures and read about your favorite vendors! We also have plenty of amazing articles to browse, which will be updated often so make sure to check back in!
The summer is flying by and we’re looking forward to spending another Saturday morning with you and your family. We’re excited to welcome local foodie Nicole Cardon back for a seasonal cooking demo. Swing by the market lawn at 9:30 am to see what Nicole’s cooking and to pick up a recipe to make her simple meal at home. Also, the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all of your questions so give yourself a little extra time to spend at the market tomorrow.
We’re excited to announce that the Durham Farmers’ Market has a brand new website! We’ve been working hard to create a beautiful and useful website that everyone can enjoy. And we want to give a huge THANK YOU to the team at Registered Creative for creating such a fantastic new website for our community.
Also, thank you to everyone who sampled tomatoes and participated in our annual celebration last week. The winner of Tomato Day is the sun gold! Congratulations to Mario and Martha of Meadow Lane Farm for winning this year’s celebration! And honorable mention goes to Maple Spring Gardens for their sun golds and Bluebird Meadows for their cherry tomato medley. And don’t forget to thank chef Kyle Wilkerson and the team from Heirloom Restaurant for slicing and dicing the tomatoes last weekend.
Finally, it’s time to register for the July 28 Homefries Kid’s Cooking Class! This event is for children ages 8-13 who want to learn to cook with seasonal produce and will be taught by local foodie Susan Sink.
Your favorite day of the year is here – TOMATO DAY! Join us starting at 9 am as we celebrate one of the tastiest treats of summer. You’ll sample dozens of varieties of tomatoes and then vote for your favorite. Chefs Kyle Wilkerson and Candace Crank of Heirloom Restaurant in Roxboro will be leading the event so be sure to say “Hi!” and thank them for spending their morning with us.
Need a little cooking inspiration? Check out these recipes and chat with folks tomorrow about ways to prepare tomato dishes:
Also, we’re excited to announce that registration for the July 28 Homefries Kid’s Cooking Class is open! Check out this link and register today as the class is capped at 15 students. This class is for children ages 8-13 who want to learn to cook with seasonal produce and will be taught by local foodie Susan Sink. Class starts at 9:30 am sharp and usually lasts until 11:00 am. For more info, check out our website or e-mail us.
After a rainy start to the new season last weekend, we’re looking forward to warmer temperatures this Saturday. We’re very excited to welcome Chef Xavier Pino and the Bull City Vegan Challenge to the market for a cooking demo at 10:00 am. They are cooking hempeh with chermoula sauce and sautéed savory collards. Trust us – you don’t want to miss sampling this delicious meal. Swing by the lawn while you stroll through the market and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Now is the perfect time to start working on your garden and you’ll find all of the plant starts that you need at the market. Swing by on Saturday and take some extra time to chat with your farmers about growing tips. Also, the Master Gardeners will be at the market next Saturday if you have further questions after starting your garden this weekend.
Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendar for CFSA’s Piedmont Farm Tour, which will be on April 28-29. You can purchase buttons at the Info Table and pick up a brochure to plan your route to the farms. This is one of the best weekends of the year and you don’t want to miss this fun event.