With the warmth comes the growth, as evidenced by the basil on my balcony that seems to have doubled in size in less than a week. 🙂 Further evidence can be found at your local farmers’ market in the form of new crops, like the peaches that appeared at the Durham Farmers’ Market Wednesday afternoon. I spotted one package of raspberries too. Soon there will be blueberries. Then there’s brocoli and pointy cabbage and summer squash and so much more coming soon! And market activities are plentiful too, so let’s get to it. Here’s what’s happening at our local farmers markets this week.
- Holly Springs Farmers Market celebrates its 7th Anniversary with food from local restaurants during the Taste of Holly Springs event this Saturday (beginning at 10:00 am). Then the party continues with live music performances by market favorites Beets & Jams.
- Get ready Locavores – Midtown Farmers Market has issued a Market Challenge! Shop at the Midtown Farmers’ Market this Saturday. Then during the week of June 2nd – 8th, prepare your meals using the products purchased at the market. Next, email your recipes for all those delicious dishes, listing ingredients and corresponding vendors, to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the end, the contestant who used the most products purchased from the Midtown Farmers’ Market will receive $100 Market Bucks to purchase goods from any Midtown Farmers’ Market vendor. Awesome!
- Apex Farmers Market welcomes new vendors this week: Po Hous Farms organically grown produce, SarahB’s Gluten-Free products and Jimmy’s Gourmet Popcorn. Enjoy “extras” like music from Kyle Scobie, tasting samples & recipes from Chef Claudio, and kid-friendly activities from Saffron the Fairy.
- Wake Forest Farmers Market Wednesday afternoon market hours return June 5th, 3 – 6 pm (and there was much rejoicing!). The market announced a Farm-to-Table Dinner for Monday, June 24 at 6.30pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local farmers during the special community event featuring a five-course menu prepared at The Fire Pit BBQ & Smokehouse. All proceeds from the event will benefit the farmers market. Find more information at the market’s Facebook page.
It’s almost here! Next weekend, food and farm fans will flock to the annual Farm to Fork Picnic in Hurdle Mills (just a bit north of Hillsborough) on June 9th. The farm and restaurant pairings have been announced (all 34 of them) and tickets are still available, though they may not be for much longer! If you’re looking for easy transportation to/from the event, The Bridge Bus will take picnic-ers from Durham out to the farm in Hurdle Mills and back (learn more here).
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. As always, thanks for keeping it local!