Fall has arrived, and with it cooler mornings, warm days and beautiful evenings. When we think of fall, we think of colorful leaves, crisp apples, warm soup paired with grilled cheese sandwiches, time with family and friends as the days grow shorter.
The fall market is filled with beautiful salad greens and petite white salad turnips, colorful beets and carrots, the beginning crop of cauliflower and broccoli, Asian greens for stir-fry, cabbage, bok choi, collards, dandelion greens, and a host of other unusual greens you won’t find in your big box grocery store. These beautiful vegetables are all grown by local farms and generally harvested within a couple of days of your purchase. You will be amazed at how fresh they taste if you haven’t been shopping locally.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve got four dairies producing award-winning cheeses. One even produces whey crackers. We’ve got a half dozen vendors bringing local meat like pork, bison, beef, chicken, lamb, along with a vendor bringing you fresh seafood from the NC Coast.
We’ve got eggs! And they are fabulous all day long mixed with salsa as a spicy deviled egg treat for an upcoming party; blended with greens and cheese for a quick omelette; or as egg salad sandwich for lunch.
And if sweets are your passion, we have a chocolate vendor that will delight your tastebuds. And a coffee roaster that can fill your cup during your visit. One of our cheese makers has an amazing fruit dessert in a canning jar that will make you remember those long summer days well into fall. And our pasta vendor has a seasonal special of Pumpkin ravioli that is a decadent breakfast for your guests with maple syrup and toasted pecans. Pick up a pastry, a loaf of bread, or a savory breakfast dish from any one of a half dozen bakers and finished food vendors and you have your morning planned and grocery shopping finished, all with a smile on your face. We even have you covered for gluten-free and vegan foods at the market!
Bring your guests here to see some of the most beautiful crafts in the area. Hand-woven baskets, photography, pottery, painted gourds, beeswax candles, custom clothing. And give handmade gifts throughout the year of pickled vegetables, canned jams, local honey and there’s even a vendor with homemade soup that is perfect for friends in need of an easy healthy meal.
When you’ve finished shopping, take in the beautiful garden just behind the market which is part of Durham Central Park or walk your kids to the play area across Foster Street and listen to musicians that play in the morning at the park.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday and many more!