Wednesday Market reopens for the season

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

This Wednesday, after many cold months, the Durham Farmers’ Market mid-week (Wednesday afternoon) market will re-open for its seventh season!

The Wednesday Market has been a downtown staple since the summer of 2008. The market is open weekly from the middle of April through mid-October from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. There are plenty of similarities between the Saturday Market and the Wednesday Market. Farmers and vendors offer the same high quality, locally grown produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and other items. Many of the same vendors that sell on Saturday also come to the Wednesday Market. And, the Wednesday Market is held in the same delightful space as the Saturday Market -- the Pavilion at Durham Central Park.

The main difference, however, is that there are a few vendors that only sell their goods at the Wednesday Market.  It is also slightly smaller and has a laid-back atmosphere. Because the Wednesday Market is a less hectic, this is a great time to come and chat with farmers and vendors. You can learn more details about their growing practices, the happenings on their farm, and get some great ideas for how to use some of the more unusual produce or cuts of meat they bring to market.

The Wednesday Market features about 25 total farmers and vendors. This year, the Durham Farmers’ Market is proud to announce the addition of three new Wednesday Market vendors. Starting this week, Reedy Fork Farm, Root Down Farm, and Pomegranate Kitchen will be joining the ranks of DFM’s Wednesday Market.

Reedy Fork Farm raises certified organic beef outside of Elon. Reedy Fork also raises grain and mixes certified organic feed for livestock. So, if you are one of Durham’s many chicken-owning residents, talk to the folks at Reedy Fork Farm to find out more about their chicken feed.

Root Down Farm is new to the Wednesday Market, but not new to the Durham Farmers’ Market. While this is Root Down Farm’s first season at the Wednesday Market, they sold their goods at the Winter Market this year. Kathleen Smith, the owner of the farm, raises vegetables, dry beans and grains on her farm in Cedar Grove. This summer, she’ll also be offering a vegetable CSA.

Finally, Pomegranate Kitchen will be joining the Wednesday Market! Mally Rafizadeh has been making her delicious Persian foods for many years. Mally has been working with local farms for years to source the ingredients for her recipes. She’ll be offering delicious prepared foods to take home and have an easy dinner, many of which are vegetarian and gluten free.

To celebrate the new season, local storyteller Cynthia Raxter will be telling tales of growing up on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday! Her stories are fun for kids of all ages.

Erin Kauffman is market manager of the Durham Farmers Market, open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3:30 – 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 501 Foster St.  in downtown Durham.