Local love throughout a wedding day

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

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. 

We are honored that Natalie and John chose two of our farmers, Parker Farm & Vineyard and Sassafras Fork Farm, to provide the flowers for their wedding day bouquets and floral arrangements. All of the vendors at the South Durham Farmers’ Market work hard to bring the highest quality locally grown and raised products to the market, and it is tremendously rewarding when our shoppers enjoy our products enough to share them with loved ones and include them in their happiest moments.

Following their vows under an arbor built and decorated by the couple and friends, the newlyweds migrated back to the house and barn, treating their guests to a delicious feast of farm-sourced food, drink and smooth tunes from local musician Gregg Gelb and his jazz quartet.

Triangle-area food trucks CJ’s Street Food and Porchetta served tacos and burgers, respectively. The Korean BBQ tacos were stuffed with locally sourced pork, and the burgers were topped with local greens and hothouse tomatoes. Dinner was followed by the hard choice between a slice of sweet lemon chess pie or the fudgy chocolate chess pie, both baked by Durham’s Scratch Bakery.    

Guests were served mint juleps overflowing with mint from the Pickards Mountain Farm and beer from the Aviator Brewery. Plus, Natalie and John created several mixed cocktails, including ‘The Consummator:’ a mix of homemade ginger simple syrup, soda water, lemon juice and rum.

The bride’s grandmother and aunt used a texturally pleasing mix of snapdragons, foxgloves and dianthus from Parker Farm & Vineyard to create the floral arrangements. And, they crafted the bride’s bouquet and beautiful floral crown with fragrant sweet peas from Sassafras Fork and bachelor buttons from Lil’ Farm.

From the beginning, Natalie and John knew that they did not want a huge or hugely expensive wedding. When I asked about their choices for the big day, Natalie simply said, “I love supporting the community, and I love the farmers at the market. Plus, it was actually cheaper in most cases.”

As residents of the nearby Parkwood neighborhood, Natalie and John have been SDFM regulars since its inception. They shop the market to stock up on farm-fresh eggs and lots of vegetables. We thank them for spreading the local love.

Elizabeth Zander is market manager for the South Durham Farmers’ Market, open 8 a.m.to  noon each Saturday and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 NC Highway 55.