I’m getting way ahead of myself, I know. But a couple of day of cool temps, September in sight on the calendar and I’m thinking of Fall and all that comes with it: turning leaves, the state fair, the CFSA Eastern Triangle Farm Tour (with 6 new farms this year!), winter squash, pumpkins and apples in the farmers market. You may have noticed that pumpkin beer has been taking up more space on local bottle shop shelves, but I’m holding off for October before indulging in any pumpkin-esque beverages (my own personal tradition).
Anyhoo, all good things in good time, right? No need to rush into another season when there’s so much Summer left to enjoy. There are still tomatoes and summer squash at markets, perhaps a final few berries, as well as plenty of peaches and melons. So go on, get out to your local farmers market this weekend and enjoy some of these special events too:
- There’s a Summer Craft Market at Chapel Hill Farmers Market this Saturday. Intermingled with the regular produce/meat/cheese vendors will be this week’s guest craft vendors. Look for The Green Elephant, Locally Grown Art, Kate Pierce Designs and more vendors with hand crafted gifts, decor, jewelry and kids’ items. By the way ,in case you haven’t visited the market lately, Locals Seafood is now a vendor at the market on both Tuesdays and Saturdays (more reason to pay Chapel Hill Farmers Market a visit, and soon)!
- It’s all about Summer melons at Carrboro Farmers Market as the market features a melon tasting (starting at 8:30 am, until supplies last). Sample watermelon and cantaloupe varieties. Cool off with melon berry popsicles. Kidzu will be at the market this Saturday too, with fun activities for the kiddos culminating in a seed spitting contest! Another fun (and fundraising) event is set for Friday, August 23rd at the market. It’s Dinner and a Movie night, to benefit TABLE. Participating food trucks will donate 10% of proceeds (that’s the “dinner” part), while patrons enjoy a showing of “A Place at the Table”. The event runs from 6 – 9 pm (and the movie starts at 8 pm).
- It’s almost time to head back to school and Western Wake Farmers Market has you covered with a Back-to-School Health Fair during their regular farmers’ market hours (8am-12pm) this weekend. The event will feature vendors armed with information on how to use products found at the market in school lunches and for weeknight dinners.
- National Honey Bee Day is August 17th and Midtown Farmers Market vendor, The Pleasant Bee, has organized a very special event to celebrate. Find a live bee display, enter the kids coloring contest, collect fun stickers, see the bee equipment, join a Q & A session with Wake County beekeepers, and say “Hi” to a “bee girl”. Local honey and a limited amount of comb honey will be available from The Pleasant Bee. So get on over to the market and learn about the importance of honey bees as vital pollinators of the fruits and veggies you purchase each week at market.
Those are the highlights for this week at our area farmers markets. 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!