Any regular attendee at one of the Triangle’s farmers’ markets knows that in addition to fresh produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods, speciality items are widely available from craft artists and food artisans. The December 7, 2011 issue of the “Independent Weekly” includes a special “Dish” section that features some of our local food artisans, and in many cases you can find their products in a local farmers’ market.
It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle at the farmers’ market and unintentionally pass over the crafts and artisan food products available. This weekend if you’re planning a market shopping visit, I’d suggest allowing a little extra time to look around for an artisan’s table or tent, to browse their goods for a special gift. Here’s a short list of a few vendors you might find this weekend or next.
Eno River Farmers’ Market – 10 am to Noon
Baby Dreams, a not-for-profit craft table, will have some sweet handmade dresses, tunics, pants, as well as knit items perfect for the infant on your gift list. While purchasing your naturally grown produce from Hurtgen Meadows, take a gander at their wood cutting boards, a very nice gift item for a home cook. Also an option for that cook, an apron from Susanne Vergara, as well as gift cards for the season. If you go to market hungry this Saturday, Boxxcarr Farms’ Local in Motion food truck will be ready to serve you something warm. And the Queen of Tarts, a market vendor, always has some sweet delight to share.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market – 9 am to Noon
There’s a parade this weekend in Carrboro, so be sure to check the farmers’ market website for alternate parking locations and traffic detours, as some streets will be blocked off. Many of the food artisans featured in the Indy Week “Dish” article are found at Carrboro Farmers’ Market: Farmer’s Daughter, Blessed Earth, Bonlee Grown Farm, Big Spoon Roasters, Melina’s Fresh Pasta, and Porcino. Next weekend, December 17th, is the Holiday Gift Market, where a collection of gift items from market vendors will be displayed at the gazebo and there will be live craft demonstrations throughout the morning.
Durham Farmers’ Market – 10 am to Noon
I *just* read that there will be kiwis at Durham Farmers’ Market! Personally, I would love a stocking full of locally grown kiwis for Christmas. Food artisans abound at this market too. Dur’m Pasta was another of the Indy Week “Dish” featured food crafters, and Dolly Mama Chocolates would make a sweet gift for someone that’s been extra nice. Terra Clotha is featuring a sale on “Longzees”, a hand-dyed onesie with long sleeves, for a special baby. If you’ve not already purchased some greenery to decorate your home for the season, stop by Meadow Lane Farm’s booth for holiday wreaths made from magnolia, boxwood, pine, cedar, holly or rosemary.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market – 10 am to Noon
Combine two gifts in one pretty package from vendors at Western Wake Farmers’ Market this weekend. How about filling a piece of handmade pottery from Cary Clay Coop with farm fresh eggs? Or stock a hand-woven basket from Rabbit Patch Baskets with jars of creamed honey from East Wake Apiaries, seasonal cookies from Annelore’s German Bakery, and coffee from Muddy Dog Roasting Co.
You get the idea. Make it special. Make it unique. And as always, thanks for keeping it local!