Last weekend I had high hopes of snagging some strawberries and asparagus. Alas, I just didn’t arrive early enough on Saturday morning at my nearest market. BUT the Durham Farmers’ Market Wednesday afternoon market was my salvation, at least partially. Though I was still too late to secure a pint of Lyon Farm strawberries, I did go home with two bunches of their crisp, fresh asparagus and lots of other pretty greens from Tiny Farms.
No worries about securing those strawberries this week. Vollmer Farm opened their farm stand last weekend and DJ’s Berry Patch (just down Davis Drive towards Apex) announced their opening this week. Soon, fresh strawberries will be a weekly (if not daily) treat and local strawberry patches will open for those who enjoy picking their own berries.
Besides the great fresh produce from our local farmers, here’s a run down of special events and activities planned at some of our area markets for the coming week:
- Much later in the day, after the Carrboro Farmers’ Market has closed, a special fund-raiser food truck rodeo is planned for the market grounds to benefit TABLE, a non-profit focused on emergency food aid for families in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, celebrating its 5th birthday! 10% of food truck sales benefit the program. Bands will entertain the grown ups, while kids can enjoy fun activities planned just for them. Learn more about the event and TABLE via the Facebook event page.
- Raleigh Downtown Farmers’ Market, on Fayetteville Street’s City Plaza, returns Wednesday, April 24th for mid-day market hours 10 am to 2 pm and boy, do they have some big plans for opening day. Join the Pig Pickin’ Kickoff event featuring Raleigh’s own Old Habits, $5 bbq sandwiches from The Pit and southern food expert Bob Garner sharing all he knows about that Southern dish, Brunswick stew.
- You can start your market shopping with a relaxing chair massage at South Durham Farmers’ Market (courtesy of Health Source of Chapel Hill). Then let the kids have fun with Open Arts activities while you peruse the produce. To maintain the relaxed frame of mind, check out one of the markets new vendors this season, Shorganics, and their hand crafted bath, body & home products.
- Waverly Farmers’ Market opens for its second season at Cary’s Waverly Place shopping center this Saturday (9 am to Noon). Balls Berries & Produce may have some of those juicy red berries we’ve all been craving. Mommo’s Sweet Potato Pies can be found at Waverly this Saturday too (and you really need to give that pie a try). Enjoy live music and fun activities for the kids too as the market celebrates its opening day for the season.
- The Wake Forest Farmers’ Market and nearby Herb Fest will satisfy anyone’s green thumb this weekend (Herb Fest continues next weekend too). At the farmers’ market expect to see lovely Spring bouquets from local vendor Homestead Flower Farm and a special demonstration from the Wake Forest Garden Club.
What else is coming in April? Why, the Piedmont Farm Tour of course, April 27th & 28th! Tickets are $25 (in advance, available online now) for a car load filled with your family and friends. Tour all the farms you care to over the weekend. Also, buttons and brochures are available at area Weaver Street locations.