… just about any berry you can imagine: dewberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries are still hangin’ in, and peaches and a few cherries have been making the market scene lately. This is the peak of cobbler, crisp, crumble, and pie season (at least for me). On my Sunday brunch menu for this weekend is the Jumble Berry Breakfast Crisp (page 46) in Sheri Castle’s “The New Southern Garden Cookbook”. And for Father’s Day, I think Dad will enjoy the Blackberries and Peaches in Sweet Basil Syrup with Cornmeal Pound Cake (page 35). I like how the cookbook chapters are organized by produce type. When zucchini starts showing up in my CSA, I’ll flip right to the chapter on zucchini and start cooking and/or baking my way through.
So many great recipes, and so little time. So let’s get to what’s happening at some of the Triangle area’s farmers’ markets this weekend (and we can get cooking that much quicker).
In Holly Springs come hungry for the Taste of Holly Springs to sample dishes from local restaurants starting at 10:00 am. After you’ve finished shopping at the market, be sure to stop by the market information booth to get a punch card and chance to win a night on the town package. Each week you make a purchase at the Holly Springs Farmers’ Market, you earn a punch in your card. Six punches are all you need to enter to win a prize package including hotel stay, wine from Niche Wine Lounge, and massage from Bodywork Connection. Oh, and stop by the Niche vendor table too, to pick up a ticket for the “Pints for Pets” fundraiser event for Pawfect Match Rescue, on June 18th.
Another taste fest awaits at Western Wake Farmers’ Market. Try Kalawi Farms peach ice cream, the breakfast sandwich from the Farmhand Foods sausage wagon, and sample the Thai Chicken Coconut Soup at Olifant & Castelo, where you can pick up the Thai spice kit to make the soup at home. Though not edible, you might want to inhale deeply while lathering up with the strawberry swirl soap available from Moondance Soaps.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market is a produce and food artisan smorgasbord. Mere words won’t serve the market vendors justice, so take a look at images of the items found at Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Bet it makes you hungry enough to wake up extra early Saturday morning.
At Chatham Mills Farmers Market, Chef Dave Schirmer of Chatham Marketplace will be frying up some green tomatoes, and you’ll find many more tasty tidbits at the market this week too.
Durham has great restaurants and super chefs who love to cook up something special at the Durham Farmers’ Market. This Saturday you’ll find Chef Tim Lyons of Blu Seafood and Bar, and in a couple of weeks (June 25th), Andy Magowan of the newly opened Geer Street Garden will be there.
At the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market (formerly known as South Estes Farmers’ Market) they want you for the Fresh Chef Competition. Five customers of the market will be selected (by lottery), from those that enter between June 4th & June 11th, to battle it out “skillet to skillet” in the June 18th contest to create the freshest, best tasting entrees for the panel of judges. The first prize winner will take home a professional knife set. Stop in the welcome tent at the market, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We have so many great farmers’ markets each are worthy of a vote for America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market. Make sure you vote for your favorite and let’s get a Triangle area market some national recognition already!
See ya ’round the markets this weekend, Triangle!