The big Piedmont Farm Tour weekend is upon us once again! Farm fans will pack cars filled with family and friends April 27th & 28th (1 to 5 pm both days) and travel around the Triangle to see working farms. The “connection” between farmer, farm and market becomes clearer as we see exactly where and how our food grows. Tour all the farms you care to over the weekend, and pay just $30 as you arrive at the first farm (or pay $10 per farm if you plan on visiting just one or two over the weekend). Make sure you bring a cooler and extra cash to take home farm fresh goods and don’t forget to bring a (fully charged) camera too.
So, in addition to all the great food you’ll find on the farms, here’s what else you’ll find at a few of the Triangle area markets this week:
- Bring the kids to the 8th Annual Kid’s Seedling Event at Carrboro Farmers’ Market. From 8:30 am until they run out, kids can pick out their very own tomato seedling plant and all the information they’ll need to help that seedling grow through the summer. Find more information at the market gazebo.
- Eno River Farmers’ Market in downtown Hillsborough holds the first monthly Kids Cooking Club session at 9 am (and anyone can stop by for a sample). Also at the market this week will be lovely bouquets from Cut and Carry, lemon, whole wheat and olive oil pasta from Exclusively Fresh, plenty of fresh produce and transplants for your own home garden from Hurtgen Meadows, plus so much more. All that, and live music as performed by Blue Star Travelers.
- It’s going to be a Strawberry Spectacular sort of day at Midtown Farmers’ Market – I think you know what that means. 😉 Plus local cookbook author, Linda Watson (think “Cook for Good” and “Wildly Affordable Organic”), plans a cooking demo starting around 9:30 am. If you need a little java jolt to get your market mojo working, just look for Oak City Roasters at the market. They’ll hook you up with something dark, fragrant and lovely.
- Head’s up garlic fans. THE place to be this Saturday morning is South Durham Farmers’ Market as Elizabeth Turnbull & Alison Rudel, authors of the upcoming “Starting Fresh”, a Durham-based cookbook, will prepare a green garlic crostini and serve samples (make sure you bring a couple extra breath mints if you’re meeting up with garlic haters post market).
- Opening day for the Southern Village Farmers’ Market is Thursday, May 2nd (3:30 to 6:30 pm). Look for a special recipe booklet featuring a favorite springtime ingredient, strawberries and find all the fresh ingredients to make those recipes at the market. Keep eyes peeled for a special market visitor, the Carolina Brewery Brew Van is scheduled to make an appearance to add to the opening day festivities.
Mark your calendars for the Tour D’Coop 2013 on May 18th (rain or shine). This annual event allows the chicken-curious among us to tour backyard chicken coops in the Raleigh area, with donations benefiting Urban Ministries of Wake County. For those interested in details of chicken keeping, check out the Chicken Keeping 101 Spring class and browse the Tour D’Coop website for a lot of great resources.
That’s the farmers’ market news for this week folks. Remember, you can always find hours of operation and more market info on the Triangle Localista Farmers’ Market Map and Calendar whenever you like. Be sure to check back next week, as more markets open for the season. As always, thank you for keeping it local!