This hasn’t been our “normal” Spring. Cooler with more gray than blue skies. At least it feels that way. The one bright spot I’ve found is in the selection of fresh cut flowers available at the markets this season. I couldn’t resist a big mixed bouquet of white ranunculus, purple tulips, iris and sweet peas from Sassafras Fork Farm at the South Durham Farmers’ Market last Saturday. It’s been a treat having the cheery arrangement in the middle of my dining table. Then I spied hundreds of brilliantly colored gerbera daisies at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and wished I had a lawn filled with those pretty posies. If the gray gloomies got you a bit down too, I recommend indulging in a bouquet during your farmers’ market visit this week. You deserve it.
So, in addition to all the great food (and lovely flowers) you’ll find this week, here’s what else you’ll find at a few of the Triangle area markets:
- Quick note – The Apex Farmers’ Market takes a PeakFest hiatus for the week, but you can find their booth in the “Go Green” section (located in the same parking lot) to pick up coupons and market information. Register to win a free AFM Tote filled with market treats too. While you’re at PeakFest, stop by the mini food truck rodeo (an Apex first!) at Carden Farms (400 N Salem Street).
- Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market hosts a special Spring Craft Market this Saturday, the first of four special craft markets planned for this year. Expect to find cute & functional potholders from Craft to Table, hand crafted jewelry from Barbara Jones, Evelyn Ward Pottery, art glass pieces from Locally Grown Art and sweet kids’ clothing and accessories from The Green Elephant (just to name a few).
- The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina opens their 2013 season this Saturday with a BBQ cookout (lunch will begin around 11 am. Market hours are 9 am to 2 pm), live music and lots of fun activities for the kids too. The Growers Market is really growing too, with new vendors and programs – read this Southwest Wake News article for all the great things happening at the market this year.
- In another part of southwest Wake county, the Holly Springs Farmers’ Market celebrates opening day with 28 vendors this season offering seafood, baked goods, honey, eggs, meats and a lot of fresh off the farm produce. The market opens with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 and the “party” continues with live music, special customer appreciation drawings and activities for the little sprouts.
- It’s May, it’s a Saturday afternoon and you’re in Saxapahaw. So you must be at the kick off event for Saturdays in Saxapahaw (including a farmers’ market), the Haw River Festival! Aren’t you lucky, enjoying the beautiful river scenery during a paddle and all the fabulous entertainment on the Hay Wagon Stage. Then there’s the divine food at local restaurants and from visiting food trucks. Sheer. Bliss.
- Lest we not forget The Saturday Market in Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighborhood. This weekend expect to find market regulars, justCRUMB, Muddy Dog Roasting Company, Pinhole Farm, LoMoMarket and Double T Farm along with Barley Labs All-natural Dog Treats and House of Swank Clothing Company too. Stick around for brunch and enjoy Fullsteam Brewery’s El Toro and D’burrito food truck (and look for tables & chairs in the park for your al fresco dining pleasure).
Did you know that the chicken coops at The Saturday Market are part of this year’s Tour D’Coop 2013 (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, for what local markets have planned for Mother’s Day weekend (yes, next weekend is Mother’s Day – got that gift yet?). As always, thanks for keeping it local!