As we enter this last weekend of June, we’re committed fully to Summer and the fruit it bears. This weekend, markets promise to be brimming with juicy berries, peaches and melons to quench warm weather appetites. Watermelon is my absolute favorite seasonal treat. I can recall many a family summertime gathering where we enjoyed a large, ripe watermelon that had spent the better part of a day nestled in a cooler filled with ice. I loved the sound of the “crack” as the melon split before the knife completed its stroke. Inevitably, someone would ask for the salt to be passed and the salted vs. unsalted watermelon “debate” would ensue. For the record, I fall in the unsalted camp.
No matter your preference, you’re certain to find your seasonal favorite at the area markets this weekend, along with some other fun and entertaining activities:
- This Saturday is the 4th Saturday Art Sale at Apex Farmers Market, the perfect opportunity to multi-task those shopping lists and take care of both food and gift shopping in one fell swoop. Browse local arts including mosaic garden art and pottery. Enjoy live music by St. Francis Brass Band (starts 10:30 am) too. Since you’re in the neighborhood, you might want to stop by The Beer Dispensary‘s new shop location on Salem Street, to replenish your beverage supplies for the weekend (or stock up for the upcoming holiday).
- You’ll be seeing red, white and blue at Midtown Farmers Market‘s Independence Day celebration on Saturday. Watch the Children’s Bike Parade (starting at 10 am sharp). Then try your hand at the Watermelon Eating Contest (10:45 am). Arrive early to take a free Pilates class (8 -9 am), and sample a Swiss Chard Saute & Stacked Beet Salad at the Whole Foods cooking demo (9:30 – 11:30 am). That’s more than enough fun for the whole family.
- At Durham Farmers Market market visitors will be treated to something delicious from this week’s Chef in the Market, Shane Ingram of Four Square (around 10 am). Between 9 & 11 am, Shanna Bierman (DFM’s Assistant Manager) will demo how to make and can Kosher Dill Pickles in the Pavilion. If you’ve shopped this market, you’re likely familiar with its great cheese vendors, like Chapel Hill Creamery and Elodie Farms. If you just can’t get enough cheese, you may want to head over to The Cookery for the Artisan Cheese Fest (1 – 4 pm) where things will get really cheese-y.
- Hillsborough Farmers Market celebrates Customer Appreciation Day (and an impressive 27 year anniversary of the market) on Saturday, giving away Maple View Farm sundaes (while supplies last!). Market shoppers can expect to find some blueberries this week, and even more the following week at the market’s Blueberry Pancake breakfast (on July 6th). Gotta love a market that loves its customers. 🙂
- Remember, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, which means ample opportunities to get out to early midweek markets at Fearrington Village, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Wake Forest and Downtown Raleigh for all your picnic and cookout ingredient needs.
That’s the farmers market update 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!