Farming is hard work even in the best of conditions. We’ve had a pretty damp Summer so far, dampening spirits as well as farmers’ crops. Yields may be lower as muddy, saturated fields make harvesting difficult. Those same conditions create a breeding ground for just plain yucky stuff (pardon my language) and prevent planting of new crops. Hopefully, the drying out streak will continue (with just enough intermittent showers to keep the good stuff growing).
Now’s the time we need to get out to markets to support our local farmers. Odds are pretty certain you will still find your seasonal favorite at the area markets this weekend. And there are some pretty fun and entertaining activities too – see for yourself:
- It’s Tomato Tasting Day at Durham Farmers Market this Saturday. Chef Shane Ingram from Four Square Restaurant will host this year’s tasting that promises a wide variety of tomatoes for market shoppers to sample. In addition, Chef Ingram and crew will be cooking all kinds of dishes featuring tomatoes. Best go hungry to Durham Farmers Market, tomato fans. In a related note, Durham Central Park has posted this year’s “Meals from the Market” event series. Tickets don’t go on sale until next month (August 16th), but you’ll want to peruse the list now to decide which of the enticing events you’d like to attend this year.
- Tomato fans in Cary can get their fill too at Waverly Farmers Market. The “Taste of Tomatoes Festival” offers tastings, recipe demos and a special tomato performance by the Traveling Teacher Show. Plus there will be a bounce house and rock climbing wall for the kids, as well as live music from Josh Hamilton.
- Speaking of fun activities for the kids, “Farmer Mary” of Winterpast Farm Petting Zoo will be bringing a cute baby goat, ducklings, fluffy bunnies, baby chicks and maybe a newborn baby lamb (cute overload!) to Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday. Everyone will enjoy the cooking demo (9:30 – 11:30) from Chef Sarig Agasi of Zely & Ritz (located in Downtown Raleigh).
- You know The Saturday Market in Raleigh and you love it, right? Well, this Saturday evening (after market hours) is another of their fun Wrestling & Food Trucks events, all to raise funds to keep the market growing. The scheduled food trucks include Chick-N-Que, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Big Mike’s BBQ, CJ’s Street Food, Barone Meatball Company, Baguettaboutit, Chirba Chirba, and Tar Heel Creamery. Look for local brews from Raleigh Brewing Co. too. The Gouge wrestling entertainment will begin when the bell rings at 6 pm.
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!