My Dad’s responsible for my deeply instilled appreciation for farming and farmers. He grew up on a farm in central Mississippi, where the family business was raising cattle and pig. Though he earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and worked in corporate America for most of his adult career, when he retired from corporate life he returned to farming life on land in Snow Camp, NC. As kids, my siblings and I were involved in 4H and Dad made sure we learned through hands-on experience what it was like to care for livestock of many sizes, from rabbits to sheep to quarter horses. They seemed like chores then, but now are cherished memories. Thank you Dad, for teaching me to respect and value the hard work of farmers. You’re a peach. 🙂
So we’re heading into the peak of summer where produce like corn, peppers and tomatoes will soon take center stage, along side peaches and berries. In addition to the bountiful local produce selection, here’s a short list of other activities and events happening this week at a few of our local farmers markets.
- Wake Forest Farmers Market invites us to a Taste of The Market this Saturday morning, featuring Chef Andrew Forster from The Fire Pit. Chef Andrew brings his grill and will use market ingredients to prepare some tasting samples. Also, stop by the market information tent to learn about the upcoming Farm-to-Table Dinner benefiting the market. The five-course farm-to-table menu featuring locally grown seasonal ingredients is planned for Monday, June 24, 6.30 pm at The Fire Pit BBQ & Smokehouse (950 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the market.
- Kids will have a ball at Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday, where Marbles Kids Museum has planned an obstacle course with some of Marbles’ best loved “Big Fun” activities. Everyone will enjoy the cooking demo with Chef Alyssa and live toe-tapping music from Back Porch String Band.
- Chef Adam Rose of Il Palio stops in the Carrboro Farmers Market this Saturday to serve his local blueberry pavlova, prepared with lime-scented Greek yogurt, blueberries, topped with rosewater meringue. Look for that taste treat around 9 am. In the market you can expect to find a plethora of produce including field grown tomatoes, artichokes, corn, as well as lots and lots of squash.
- At Apex Farmers Market it’s all about Dads. Sports dads can chat with new market partner I9 Sports in the Kidzone. Those of us planning to cook for Dad can pick up ingredients for the grill from, including veggies and free range chicken & meats from QueenB Farms. And you might find something sweet for dessert too. Next weekend the Peak City Pig Fest may take over the market, so watch for updates. Since you’re in downtown Apex, you should stop in the new location for The Beer Dispensary at 112 N. Salem Street (and don’t forget Dad!).
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!