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.
As many of us celebrate Easter and Passover this week, the South Durham Farmers’ Market (SDFM) is preparing for another celebration, Earth Day. We are happy to observe this holiday, which closely aligns with one of our goals as an organization: to support sustainable agriculture and a healthy local environment. To that end, we select our vendors and operate our market in such a way as to make it easier for our shoppers to go green.
This Wednesday, after many cold months, the Durham Farmers’ Market mid-week (Wednesday afternoon) market will re-open for its seventh season!
At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, we are working to increase the entire community’s access to fresh local foods. That is why we are pleased to announce that starting Saturday, we began to accept benefits received through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The neatly packaged rounds and slices of Prodigal Farm’s creamy goat cheese at the South Durham Farmers’ Market belie the commotion occurring back on their farm in northern Durham County.
With the spring equinox coming up this week, our local farmers are itching to get into their fields to plant their spring crops.
At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, we are proud to have one of our many wonderful vendors, Two Chicks Farm, recently reap some well deserved recognition for the quality and tastiness of their products.
Next Saturday, the South Durham Farmers’ Market is joining the citywide Mardis Gras celebration.
We are excited to host the Bulltown Strutters from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a traditional New Orleans brass-band parade. We will be serving free samples of King Cake from the local La Farm Bakery and face painting will be available for kids.
At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, we are dedicating the month of February to the belly-warming bowl of chili. It has been an especially cold winter thus far, but each Saturday at market, we will have a guest chef serving shoppers a fiery taste of their own favorite chili recipe.
Over the past month, I’ve talked a lot about how the farmers have dealt with the cold, but what I haven’t talked about is how the farmers’ market patrons have dealt with it.
At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, not only can you stock up on good-for-you fruits and vegetables, you can also purchase healthy, handmade treats for that special furry someone in your life. Each Saturday, market-goers can visit Good Grace’s Dog Treats and select from an array of wholesome biscuits displayed in a handsome array of glass jars.