Here’s a quick run down of what’s up at some of the Triangle area Farmers’ Markets, for Saturday, June 25th:
It’s Crawfish Day at the State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh. Beginning at 10:00 am, and continuing until they run out, market shoppers can purchase live crawfish for $5.00 per pound (five pound minimum), or cooked crawfish for $6.00 a pound (one pound minimum). There is a 40 pound maximum per person. I have no idea what forty pounds of crawfish would look like, but I’m certain the person that buys forty pounds must really love crawfish. You can read a bit more about North Carolina crawfish farming on the “In the Field” blog.
Speaking of crustaceans, Locals Seafood posted a very exciting update on their Facebook page last night. The NC shrimp season is a little late this year due to cooler than normal waters off the coast this spring. But it seems things have warmed up a bit, because Locals Seafood is bringing NC shrimp to Western Wake Farmers’ Market and The Saturday Market tomorrow. I’d recommend arriving early, as early as you can possibly manage on a Saturday morning. The good stuff always sells out quickly, and you wouldn’t want a little bit o’ sleepin’ keep you from getting the shrimp while they’re fresh… would you?
The Wake Forest Farmers’ Market celebrates the “Turning of the Season” in a different manner. You’ll still find all the fresh, summer produce you’d ever need, and you’ll find a potter, a wood worker, and a fiber artist turning and spinning the tools of their trades. Pay a visit to the market for a fresh perspective on hand crafted works of art and nature.
Durham Farmers’ Market brings a double-header to market this week. Master Beekeepers will be buzzin’ to share all the good work of bees for Pollinator Day, and Chef Andy Magowan of the recently opened Geer Street Garden will be cooking up something tasty (perhaps some fish tacos). Look for the food sample line up around 10:07 am, grab a bite to eat, then get your market *shop* on.
If you live in/around the Holly Springs area, you know that many of us have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Little Hen. The word’s getting around now, and you can sample some the new farm-to-table restaurant’s food at the Holly Springs Farmers’ Market this Saturday. Stop by the chef’s tent around 11:00 am for a sample of braised beef brisket on grilled toast.
Not this Saturday, but next Saturday (July 2nd) you can experience the “Thrill of the Grill” at Eno River Farmers’ Market. Then you can mosey on over to the Festival for the Eno for music, more food, and lots of sustainable fun, to help celebrate a long holiday weekend.
There ya go – just a little bitty sample of the local goods from all around our locality. And it’s all pretty awesome, ain’t it. 🙂
Hope to see ya at the markets this weekend. I’ll be the one perusing the peaches. I’ve got an upside down peach ginger cake recipe I’m working out. Come back soon for the recipe.