One Saturday in late October, in the early morning chill, I watched vendors and market volunteers at the Durham Farmers’ Market scurry around, setting up their tables with produce and wares for sale before the opening bell. Bundled in jackets, wearing hats, scarves and gloves, the extra layers didn’t appear to weigh down anyone’s activity.
The temperature forecast for farmers’ market opening hours tomorrow, in the mid 30s to low 40s range, promise to bring warmly dressed shoppers, their exhalations visible in frosty puffs of breath as they greet familiar farmers at favorite markets, in some instances for the last time this season.
- The Saturday Market ends its inaugural season with a “Pre-Vegetation Celebration” of local food, food artisans, yoga, local breweries and food trucks. See the Facebook event page for all the details. The extended market hours at 9 am to 4:30 pm should allow most everyone to find the time to visit this market, one last time in 2011.
- The regular market season for Midtown Farmers’ Market at North Hills in Raleigh, ends this Saturday (Nov. 19th), as well. Tarheel Foodie returns with samples and recipe ideas you can incorporate in your holiday menu, and Old Avenue, a favorite local band, returns to play from 10 am to noon.
- Another first-season farmers’ market closing out its normal Saturday market season this weekend is Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market, 8 am to noon, on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. Market shoppers will have a chance to pick up some local produce for Thanksgiving meals at the Pre-Thanksgiving market on Nov. 23rd, noon to 3 pm.
- Wake Forest Farmers’ Market, in historic downtown Wake Forest, transitions from a weekly Saturday market this week, towards special markets for Thanksgiving (Nov. 23rd), a holiday market on Dec. 3rd, then winter market hours on the third Saturday in the months of January through March. This Saturday, you’ll find Chef Chuck Hayworth, of Worth it Cafe, preparing special samples for market shoppers.
- Of course, a few area markets continue year round. Sheri Castle, cook and author of “The New Southern Garden”, will be at Carrboro Farmers’ Market to sign books and serve samples that might inspire market patrons to change up the holiday meals. Remember – the Carrboro Farmers’ Market now opens at 9 am.
- Durham Farmers’ Market opens at 8 am this Saturday, but will make the change to later hours on Dec. 3rd., opening at 10 am. This Saturday is both Customer Appreciation Day, where ten lucky shoppers may win a $10 certificate to shop the market vendors (stop in at the information table to enter the drawing), as well Craft Day. Market craft vendors and artists will demonstrate their techniques and make available their wares for the upcoming gift-giving season.
In case your Saturday agenda is already filled with art walks and/or parades, don’t forget the upcoming Local Thanksgiving market on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 22nd) at five area farmers’ markets! Shop Saturday, or shop Tuesday, and thank you for keeping it local.