Here’s to us!
The Durham Farmer’s Market currently ranks 12th in the Americas Favorite Farmers Market Contest!
Its a fantastic honor that our market placed so highly! There are many great markets in the Triangle. Think we can do something about that number though? If you haven’t voted yet, NOW is the time.
Show some love for our awesome market! What makes us special?
From the Durham Farmers Market press release today:
The Durham Farmers’ Market began in 1999 with only a handful of farmers. In the last 12 years, it has grown to a diverse group of 63 farmers, crafters and bakers selling a wide variety of products including in-season vegetables and fruits, pasture raised meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, preserves, pies & pastries, hearth baked bread, fresh pasta, locally made wine and beer, and a wide variety of handmade crafts that includes pottery, baskets, hand-dyed clothes, glass work and more.
Twenty-five farmers at the Durham Farmers’ Market are able to accept Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program WIC and Senior vouchers. On a weekly basis, hundreds of pounds of food are gleaned from the Market and donated to Urban Ministries Community Café, which provides 3 hot meals a day to those in need. DFM also participates in the Farmer Foodshare (www.farmerfoodshare.org). At our donation station, shoppers can buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash and we buy and donate to Urban Ministries on their behalf.
Its 63 vendors are located within 70 miles of the downtown Durham and sell only items which they have produced. The Market hosts regular cooking demostrations by local chefs, cooking classes for kids, tastings, and the Durham County Master Gardener Volunteers. On Saturday, September 24, the Market will host its 3rd Annual Chef Challenge.
The Durham Farmers’ Market is located at 501 Foster Street in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. It is open on Saturdays from 8am to Noon and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:30pm (hours change in the winter time
Big Thanks to Erin Kauffman, Market Director, also for tirelessly working on the many and varied projects involved in keeping the market running. Its a HUGE job done by many willing hands and volunteers that I personally am glad to know:
Charlotte, Helen, Jennifer, and my foodshare folks- Margaret, Windy and Samantha among others…
It has been an honor and privelege knowing our many diverse farmers and vendors also. Its not about differences, but what we can learn from one another. From Sara at Catbriar Farms and those aromatic herbs, to Ben and Noah working hard at Fickle Creek, Randy and Rexann from Cheek Road Grown, Mr and Mrs Hurtgen getting back to their farming roots after raising a family, Sean and Co. keeping it real at Fullsteam Brewery, Wendy and Mark Gresham doling out great advice with their produce at Capritopia, beautiful flowers from Harland’s Creek and Bluebird Meadows… the list goes on and I just don’t have space for all… I tear up just thinking about how wonderful an experience it has been to know these folks. There is much more to tell.
They are going constantly from sunup to sundown working hard and sweating it out so that we have decent food to eat, and high quality, home-grown products. Each has their own story, and yet we have so much in common. The Durham Farmers Market is a big, warm, healthy family that we are ultimately very favored to be a part of! Won’t you show some love back?
Go to the link above and vote for the Durham Farmers Market as your favorite!
Don’t forget this evening is the Wednesday Market from 3:30p-6:30p. Great time to head down for mid-week pantry refills!
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Happy Local Shopping!
Freelance Food Writer