Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local food, farmers markets and farms.
The Durham Farmers’ Market, a producer-only market found in downtown Durham’s Central Park on Foster Street, is one of the Triangle’s larger farmers’ markets. Established in 1998, the market has a permanent home under the pavilion in the park where 70 vendors sell their wares. If you visit the pavilion on a Tuesday morning, you’ll likely find it empty. Return on a Saturday morning and you’ll find quite a different scene, a market packed with products and people.
Open year round on Saturdays, with additional market hours mid-week during Summer, this market enjoys a loyal foodie following. Before bakeries like Scratch and Loaf opened brick and mortar shops, their baked goods could only be found at Durham Farmers’ Market. Visitors can shop from local vendors, each located within 70 miles of the market, many of whom sell organic or sustainably raised produce. Market shoppers will find a variety of meats, eggs, cheeses and baked goods, as well as hand crafted items. The market hosts several special cooking demonstrations and events throughout the year, featuring well-known Durham chefs. Parents can sign up the kids for the Homefries cooking classes when in session.
In short, Durham Farmers’ Market offers a lot to its community, the freshest selection of local food. The community shows its appreciation by returning each week to support the market it cherishes.