Many of the area Farmers’ Markets are shifting to winter hours, opening a bit later Saturday mornings, allowing all to catch a few more precious moments under our comforters in our toasty warm beds. Carrboro Farmers’ Market holds its Wednesday afternoon market for a couple weeks more, and now opens at 9:00 am on Saturdays. Eno River Farmers’ Market starts Saturday hours at 10:00 am (and you can catch the Chirba Chirba food truck at Eno River FM) this Saturday. Durham Farmers’ Market Wednesday afternoon market closed for the season and will transition to Winter hours (10:00 am to noon) on December 3rd. By the way, this Saturday at DFM, you can Chef Chuck from Worth It Cafe (a favorite RTP lunch spot) and see how he uses fall greens, like collards and bok choi, in tasty dishes. The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market (in the lot at University Mall, behind A Southern Season), is still open for Tuesday afternoon markets through November, and will open at 10:00 am on Saturdays, beginning in December.
Each of these markets, and Western Wake Farmers’ Market, once again are helping us all “go local” for our Thanksgiving meals this year. Mark this date on your calendar (and make sure you ask the boss for time off that day, if you need to… or better yet, invite the boss to come along!): November 22, 2011. Each of the five markets will host a special pre-Thanksgiving market, allowing us to include locally grown produce, artisan foods, cheeses, meats, eggs and seasonal flowers in our holiday celebrations. Visit the website Triangle Farmers Market today, tomorrow and often over the next couple of weeks, to get ideas and recipes for special dishes you can prepare. Each markets’ hours for this special event can be found on the Triangle Farmers Market website.
Speaking of Western Wake Farmers’ Market
I do believe I mentioned here that the skies would be clear for this year’s Craft Fair! As it turns out, the forecast is mostly sunny, with just enough chill in the air to make a cup of coffee (pre- or post- market shopping) a “must”. In addition to the markets regular vendors, fifty arts and crafts vendors will display baskets, jewelry, cards, natural soaps and lotions, birdhouses, pottery, glassware, knitted caps, and so much more. You really need to put this event on your errand list for Saturday, and block out a couple of hours for browsing. Market hours are 8 am to 1 pm – an extra hour! Plus, food trucks Ko Kyu BBQ, Will & Pops and Triangle Raw Foodists will be there for your market lunch dining pleasure (look for the trucks sometime after 10:30).
On the topic of food trucks at farmers’ markets
The Saturday Market (in downtown Raleigh, near Rebus Works) is hosting The Cookery, Durham’s “local culinary incubator” and home base to many a Durham food truck, or in the case of Monuts, a food trike. According to a comment on the market’s Facebook page, Monuts Donuts will be bringing out “Pumpkin Chai with Ginger Snap Crumbs, Sweet Potato with Browned Butter Maple Glaze and Chocolate Spumoni, which is a chocolate donut with cherry glaze topped with pistachios.” Yeah. Reread that last sentence. Let the words roll around your noggin. Started to drool a bit? I understand. And I’ll see you there, bright and early, at 9 am, so we don’t miss out, right?
So, here’s the plan. Breakfast at The Saturday Market (with Monut of your choice), pick up some other tasty bites and produce from the market vendors. Then off to the Craft Fair at Western Wake Farmers’ Market for a bit more shopping, and lunch from one of the visiting food trucks. Final stop, home and falling back on the sofa, with cookbooks and cooking magazines, to start making a list of farmers’ markets items to buy on November 22nd. Yeah, that’s the plan.
See you at the markets this weekend! Thanks for keeping it *local*, folks.