Category: Seasonality

PLEASE VOTE FOR THE DURHAM FARMERS MARKET!

Today we’d like to take a moment and ask you to please VOTE! for the Durham Farmers’ Market!
We’ve been feeling a lot of love from our community these days – and are so grateful for all of your support with the GoFundMe fundraising campaign – we’ve reached $7,200 towards our goal of $20,000!!!!! (To donate – visit GoFundMe.com/DFMfund)
But there is another huge way that you can support the Durham Farmers’ Market – and that is by voting for us in the American Farmland Trust celebration!!!
So please take a moment today and vote for us here: https://markets.farmland.org/market/durham-farmers-market-nc/?ltclid=
“Running from June 21 to September 19, 2021, the 13th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration showcases the essential markets across the nation making a difference for farmers, ranchers, and communities.
During this time, market shoppers and supporters can vote for their favorite market by visiting markets.farmland.org. In addition to recognizing the top markets in each region of America, the Celebration will crown an overall “People’s Choice” winner as the top-endorsed market in the country.
As we head into the second summer of the coronavirus pandemic, the role of farmers markets as both a vital venue for farmers to sell their goods and shoppers to access local, healthy food is being recognized like never before. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that farmers markets are not a luxury to communities. They are essential businesses that provide a vital service and should be celebrated.
To recognize the vital role farmers markets have played during the coronavirus pandemic, AFT is pleased to announce that we’ve increased the total cash prizes for the markets that finish in the top three of the “People’s Choice” category — $2,500 for first, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. These funds will be awarded to markets to go towards marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact.”
Thanks to all of you for showing your support of the DFM and creating this amazing community!

Vendor Highlight – Red Tail Grains!

As part of our Rent and Relief GoFundMe fundraising campaign for the Durham Farmers Market (www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund) – we want to share with you some of the stories of our community members!
Today we are psyched to introduce you to Red Tail Grains!
Danny Cowan and George Allen are co-owners of Red Tail Grains. Danny worked on mixed vegetable farms from 2009-2014. He worked for two seasons at Maple Springs Gardens in Cedar Grove, NC. He also has a background in baking, running Three Bellows Bakery, a small wood-fired bakery in Pittsboro. He apprenticed with Rob and Monica Segovia Welsh of Chicken Bridge Bakery and thinks a lot about how grain affects bread.
George co-owned and operated Red Tail Farm, a mixed vegetable farm, in 2011-2013. Since then, in addition to the farm, he has worked professionally as a car mechanic and carpenter. George maintains and repairs all of the equipment on the farm.
Our growing practices align closely with organic growing methods and in many cases exceed organic standards. Our number one priority is to produce a high quality grain through the cultivation of healthy soils. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are never used on the soils we grow on. Soil fertility is developed through the use of cover crops, manures, compost, and organic fertilizers. Currently we rotate winter cereals, red clover, buckwheat, millet, sunflowers, soybeans, cowpeas, and corn. We are striving towards reducing the amount of mechanical tillage we now rely upon in order to build soil organic matter, but it is quite difficult without the use of herbicides.
As we gain experience and learn from others, we hope to continue developing a holistic system that harbors diversity and accumulates organic matter. Milling flour in this way is simple and elegant: two granite stones sheer and crush the grain into an exceptional flour that contains all of the natural, vitamin-rich oils from the germ (or embryo) of the grain. Most store-bought flours are produced using roller mills, which typically remove the germ from the grain to increase shelf-life for mass markets, but which also removes vital nutrients, and delicious flavors and aromas.
Learn more about Red Tail Grains here: https://redtailgrains.com/
Please consider donating today to support the Durham Farmers’ Market: www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund

Vendor Highlight – MoonDance Soaps!

As part of the Durham Farmers’ Market Rent and Relief Campaign (www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund) we are sharing with all of you the stories of the community that you are helping to support!

Today we are sharing some of the story of MoonDance Soaps – crafters of fine soaps and bath and body products such as all natural loofas, amazing bug spray, lotions, and more!

“MoonDance Soaps is a small business, established 25 years ago, in Wake county, North Carolina. having recently transferred ownership from the founder, Rachel Dubois, MoonDance is now owned by a group of four friends who share a passion for being creators in their local community. Our products are a blend of art and science, merging old wisdom with new. Our mission is to create quality products, at a fair price, that allows us to sustain our business practices, we pay our employees, serve our customers, buy from our community, and take care of our environment.

We take pride in:

Manufacturing quality, cold-processed soaps in small batches

Buying high quality ingredients

Producing very little waste

Establishing and building relationships with our customers

Being a local resource for quality products in North Carolina

Being a small, owner operated business NEVER testing on animals”

To learn more, visit moondancesoaps.com // @moondancesoaps

To help sustain the vibrant community of crafters, farmers, makers, brewers, fermenters, chefs, and the customers that they nourish – please visit www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund

Vendor Highlight – Wild Scallions!

Hey Durham Farmers Market Family!

As part of our Rent and Relief GoFundMe fundraising campaign for the Durham Farmers Market (www.GoFundMe.com/DFMfund) – we want to share with you some of the stories of the community members that you are helping to support! The farmers, crafters, brewers, and creators of all kinds that contribute to this abundant and lively market are so passionate and dedicated to to their craft and to serving the community! By supporting DFM, you are not only showing your support and appreciation to the makers that vend at market each week, but you are also making it possible for so many of us in the Durham and surrounding communities to enjoy and be nourished by these amazing and lovingly grown and created foods, crafts, and beverages!

Today we want to introduce you to one of our incredibly dedicated farms – Wild Scallions!

“Wild Scallions farm rests on 40 acres on the slope of Mount Tirzah in southern Person County.  Our farm includes over three acres of cultivated fields, a holistic orchard, and a passive solar greenhouse.  We try to listen to our land and intermix perennial crops, flowering shrubs, wild lands and song bird habitat amongst our fields.  We grow vegetables and flowers year-round with the aid of our two hoop-houses, plastic covered structures only heated by the sun.  We constantly strive to improve our land and practice crop rotation, cover cropping, minimal tillage, and include farm animals to help us with this effort.  Farm animals include chickens and dairy goats. Our flowers and produce are available year-round at our farm in Southern Person County and at the Durham Farmer’s market every Saturday.  All of our crops are sustainably grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers for healthful foods from healthy fields.“

To learn more, please visit: http://www.wildscallionsfarm.com/wsf2/Home.html

To support the Durham Farmers Market and the entire community, please consider donating to or sharing the DFM GoFundMe Rent and Relief Campaign! – GoFundMe.com/DFMfund

Join us for Wednesday Market!

Our Wednesday market returns in 2021! After a year-long pause during Covid-19 emergency operations, the Wednesday market is now open weekly from 3-6PM. Stop by for a casual, laidback shopping experience to get all of your favorite local goods. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Main Season Market Begins April 3rd!

Our Main Season Market begins this Saturday, April 3rd! Look out for more vendors, and an increased variety of products as we approach our spring/summer season.

You will now have FOUR hours to shop, as the market will be open 8AM-12PM every Saturday through November.  Please continue to wait for the bell to ring before entering the market. The line begins on the corner of Foster and Hunt Street. Customers will not be allowed to enter near the colorful sidewalk during the first fifteen minutes of market. Please be respectful of our customers that patiently wait in line and follow our market procedures. It is nearly impossible for our staff to monitor all perimeters of the outdoor market space.

The Durham Farmers’ Market continues to be grateful for the variety of ways our customers and community show up and support the market each week. At first glance, it may not be transparent that our market has been operating at 50% vendor capacity for the past year to maintain social distancing requirements. Fees charged to vendors pay for the rent and management of the market, resulting in the market losing hundreds of dollars every week. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation by cash, credit card, or by mailing a check made out to ‘Durham Farmers’ Market’ to:

Durham Farmers’ Market
P.O. Box 1903
Durham NC 27702-1903

A Review of Our Public Health Guidelines:

  • Facemasks are required to enter the market. Durham Farmers’ Market has the right to refuse entry/service if a customer is non-compliant.
  • Enter and exit the market at designated locations (entry/exit points located on Foster Street).
  • Walk one direction through the market.
  • Be mindful, keep 6′ feet of safe space around you.
  • Pre-order and pre-pay is STRONGLY suggested so that traffic can flow through market quickly. Check out our quick links for pre-orders here, or stay up to date each week through our newsletter (enter your email at the bottom of our home page).
  • Customer lines will run down the side of each booth.
  • Customers should eat and drink outside of the market area.
  • Bathrooms at the Pavilion are closed to customers.
  • Only Certified Service Animals permitted.

Winter Market is Here!

Ready or not, winter market is here! And we cannot wait for our face masks to feel cozier and cozier. Find us at the pavilion every Saturday from December until the end of March, open 10AM-12PM! This includes the markets before and after Christmas, along with New Years weekend. Our talented and devoted farmers and artisans are looking forward to bringing you locally grown foods, finished food products, and beautifully created holiday crafts and decorations. Please continue to wait for the ringing of the bell before entry!

Continue to double your SNAP/EBT benefits, and participate in our Cash Match program by stopping by the information table in the corner of market. For our pre-Christmas market on Saturday, December 19th we will be providing an EXTRA $10 in Double Bucks for every customer that stops by to participate.

For the safety of our community, vendors, and staff, our market guidelines have not changed. Please review these prior to your visit:

  • Facemasks are required to enter the market. Durham Farmers’ Market has the right to refuse entry/service if a customer is non-compliant.
  • Enter and exit the market at designated locations (entry/exit points located on Foster Street).
  • Walk one direction through the market.
  • Be mindful, keep 6′ feet of safe space around you.
  • Pre-order and pre-pay is STRONGLY suggested so that traffic can flow through market quickly. Check out our quick links for pre-orders here, or stay up to date each week through our newsletter (enter your email at the bottom of our home page).
  • Customer lines will run down the side of each booth.
  • Customers should eat and drink outside of the market area.
  • Bathrooms at the Pavilion are closed to customers.
  • Only Certified Service Animals permitted.

Main Season Market is Open!

Thank you for visiting our market! Here’s our Vendor List for pre-orders….We are encouraging you to place them so we can run a super-safe market and move customers through the lines more quickly.

We have new Market Guidelines from Durham County that will help keep all of us safer.  Your favorite vendors may move around a little bit as we figure out things week to week, but we’ll have a MAP at the entrance each week to keep you on the right path.

And speaking of paths, please use our designated entrance and exits and respect the barricades and flagging. We have set aside space for you to wait in line between the vendors, not in the main walkway. Each vendor will help each customer individually. It will take a little longer so plan your arrival time to fit your schedule and try to place orders ahead of time and prepay when possible.

Customer Guidelines 

  • A face mask or face covering is required by Durham County.
  • Enter and exit the market through designated locations.
  • Hand washing stations will be available at the entry and exit.
  • Walk one direction through the market from the entry to the exit.
  • Maintain 6′ distance from other customers, vendors and staff.
  • Form lines to the side of vendor stalls to keep the walkway clear for traffic.
  • Please preorder and pre-pay when it’s available.
  • Customers cannot touch items until they have been purchased.
  • Customers cannot eat or drink inside the market area.
  • Public Bathrooms will NOT be available to customers at this time.
  • Coordinate curbside pickup on Hunt Street beside the Pavilion garden with vendor

 

 

 

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

Quick Donation – $50

Quick Donation –  $100

Quick Donation – $250

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.