It's the middle of September and okra is abundant!
This past January, Kelly Morrison and Joe Palumbo left Pennsylvania to begin a new life working two acres of leased farmland in Hurdle Mills.
Optimistic and determined, they had already applied to farmers’ markets in the area to ensure that they would have somewhere to sell the vegetables they had not yet even started.
Capping a row of vendors at the South Durham Farmers’ Market, Alyssa Cherry stands behind her table of liquid soaps and cleansers that glow amber in the Saturday morning sunlight. Her business, Fillaree, specializes in ecofriendly products that come in beautiful, refillable glass bottles.
While it's the end of the blueberry and blackberry season, other fruits are starting to make appearances at market -- most notably, figs. The first figs of the summer were spotted at last week's Saturday market.
Since moving to North Carolina, and especially since becoming a farmers’ market manager, I have been exposed to a host of new tastes – okra, collards, kohlrabi, sunchokes – and one of the sweetest introductions has been muscadines.
If you have been to the Durham Farmers’ Market in the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed that in between the piles of tomatoes and melons, there are bunches of fresh, locally grown asparagus.
At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, piles of iconic Southern produce – collards, okra, butter beans, peaches and melons – are on bounteous display, but, perhaps surprisingly, so are West African greens, beans from India and Southeast Asian herbs.
At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, it’s a pleasure to see our youngest shoppers excited about local fruits and vegetables.
It is now officially tomato season!
There's nothing that says summer like a tomato sandwich.
Summertime produce is flooding the South Durham Farmers’ Market, and among a full rainbow of sweet bell peppers, our shoppers will also find a wide selection of smaller, but more intense chili peppers. The hot and relatively dry weather this spring and summer has yielded a plentiful pepper crop full of flavor.
When the British sought to collect ever more taxes from the colonies, it was agriculture that allowed the American colonists the freedom to protest and, ultimately, declare independence. As an agrarian-dominated society with plentiful land resources, America was at least able to feed its citizens throughout their multiyear fight for self-government
We'd like to introduce you to our two summer interns -- Nicole Lassiter and Erim Akpan. Nicole and Erim are both students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and will be spending the next two and a half months working with the market
Natalie Ross and John Jack were married in a pasture on Natalie’s small family farm in New Hill On May 24th. Their wedding day was not only a demonstration of their dedication to each other, but also their commitment to supporting local farms and small businesses.
At the Durham Farmers’ Market, we believe in increasing food sustainability, being good stewards of the environment, and providing families with direct access to fresh and local food.
Behind the piles of produce at the South Durham Farmers’ Market are many piles of compost back at the farm. In order to amend the fine and compact clay soil of North Carolina’s Piedmont, our local gardeners and farmers must start by adding lots of organic material and implementing farming techniques that will preserve their soil over the long term.