Market is OPEN July 22nd, 8am – 12pm!

Join us for Tomato Day this weekend and celebrate our favorite queen of summer!

It’s here! Our Annual Tomato Day is TOMORROW, July 22nd and we can’t wait! Our farmers are harvesting their most beautiful varieties of tomatoes for taste testing and bringing home this weekend, in all the colors of the rainbow. With tomato-themed crafts, a cooking demonstration, and a great selection of special Tomato Day products, you won’t want to miss it!


Tomato Day 2023 Events:

Tomato Tastings  ~ red, purple, yellow, green, heirloom slicers, cherry tomatoes…taste the rainbow & find new favorite varieties

The Spicy Hermit is bringing Virgin Bloody Marys to sample!

Vote for the Best Tomato ~ cast your vote & see who will wear the tomato queen crown for best tomato!

Chef’s Table ~ Jenna from Blackbird Cookbooks will be here at the chef’s table sampling a delicious recipe highlighting this flavorful veggie (*ahem* fruit!)

Activities ~ Join our craft table for a fun tomato themed activity!

And, of course, pick up your very own Tomato Day T-Shirt & rock the queen of summer all year long!



Here are just a few of the special Tomato Day products vendors are highlighting this week!


Soul Cocina: Stuffed tomatoes with meaty walnuts & rice over roasted potatoes, Charred cherry tomato frittata, Tomato, corn & bean dip, Salsa , Peach & tomato pico de gallo, & Roasted cherry tomato & quinoa salad!

The Spicy Hermit: Virgin Kimchi Bloody Mary Mix – made with a combination of leftover kimchi juice and tomatoes, perfectly refreshing on these hot summer days!

Chapel Hill Creamery:  Perfect cheeses to pair your fresh tomatoes with! Fresh Mozzarella for Caprese salad or pizza, Dairyland Farmers for tomato sandwiches, Hickory Grove for grilled cheese or tomato pie, Calvander for slow cooked tomatoes with pasta

Bouquet Garni Foods: Chef Eric will be offering their Tomato-Bacon Quiche as well as their signature Gluten Free Tomato Pasta Salad and Gluten Free Fresh Tomato Soup!

Moonbelly Meat Co: They will have a special batch of Sungold Sausage for tomato day! This special sausage will have loads of Sungold tomatoes from Bluebird Meadows, roasted garlic, fresh thyme, and chunks of feta cheese.

Melina’s Pasta: Throwing the spotlight on their Tomato Basil Sauce, made with fresh, local tomatoes!



Amazing Tomato Varieties to Sample & Take Home!

Too many colorful varieties to name! In pink, orange, yellow, purple with green stripes, red with dashes of purple, large heirloom favorites, and juicy and munchable cherry varieties…come find the perfect tomato for you! Here are some of the farmers bringing their freshly harvested, high-quality tomatoes tomorrow:

Abanitu Organics

Bluebird Meadows

Ever Laughter Farm

Fickle Creek Farm

Flat River Farm

Harland’s Creek Farm

Hurtgen Meadows Farm

Hua Nong Ecorganic Farm

Jewels of Health Farm

Maple Springs Garden

Meadow Lane Farm

Lyon Farms

Red Hawk Farm

Roberson Creek Farm

South Wind Produce

Wild Scallions Farm



This Week’s Recipe: Simple Tomato Panzanella by Suzy Karadsheh

This week’s recipe comes from The Mediterranean Dish – Simple Tomato Panzanella Recipe

In celebration of this week’s Tomato Day festivities and all things tomatoes, here’s a recipe that is flavorful and perfect for hot summer days. You can find many of these ingredients this weekend at the market. So pick up some gorgeous, juicy tomatoes and try something new!


Want to find out what else your local farmers are bringing to the market this week? Check out this week’s Newsletter!


When: Saturday, July 22nd, 8am – 12pm
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park / 501 Foster Street