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.
We often get asked at the Durham Farmers’ Market if our prices are comparable to the grocery store. The answer is both yes and no.
Throughout the seasons at the South Durham Farmers’ Market, you will find purple passion asparagus, French breakfast radishes, chocolate Cherokee tomatoes and Chinese red noodle beans. These beautiful and increasingly rare heirloom vegetables are almost impossible to find at the grocery store, but they remain popular among small-scale farmers and gardeners. Heirloom varieties offer intense flavor, genetic diversity, adaptability and a connection to the human history of plant cultivation.
Strawberry season is (finally) here! In the coming weeks, more and more farmers will be bringing overflowing baskets of strawberries to the market.
The South Durham Farmers’ Market celebrated its third season this past weekend with cake, music, balloons and, of course, lots of good food.