There are no two ways about it: Daikon radishes aren’t one of the most popular vegetables at market. Maybe you’ve gotten one in a CSA box and been stumped by how to cook them or, maybe you’ve seen them at market and confused them with parsnips or another veggie.
Last week, I represented the South Durham Farmers’ Market at the Eco Fair in the Durham County Human Services Building. Many of those who visited our table asked how far the food sold at the market had traveled (50 miles or less), or if we had any Certified Organic vendors (we do). But there’s another very important reason to support small, sustainable farms like those at the South Durham Farmers’ Market: water.
In 2011, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit advocacy group, created Food Day to encourage reflection on our current food choices and the public policies that influence our diets.
I have now been with the South Durham Farmers’ Market through all four seasons, and October is easily my favorite month for local produce. There are piles of leafy greens – chard, kale, spinach, romaine – and baskets of hearty winter squash – acorn, spaghetti, delicata – and the fruits of fall, like apples and muscadines. And, of course, there is the icon of the autumn harvest: the pumpkin.
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