Eat Local · Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

21 Days of Local Food – Chatham Mills Farmers Market

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… Continue reading 21 Days of Local Food – Chatham Mills Farmers Market

Eat Local · Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

{Eat Local} A Month for Peaches

August is National Peach Month - 31 days to savor those slightly fuzzy, ripe and juicy fruits of summer (and hey, remember this rockin' ode to the versatile fruit). How do you take your peaches? In pie or ice cream, paired with blackberries or blueberries, canned or jammed, grilled or "straight up"? Yes, peaches go both ways -… Continue reading {Eat Local} A Month for Peaches

Eat Local · Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

{Eat Local} A Season of Pinks and Greens

I've been waiting and watching for the familiar colors of my two favorite Spring produce items: deep pink shades of strawberry and the pale mossy green of asparagus shoots. I've been pestering my mom in Elon, inquiring about the status of the small asparagus patch in their back yard. Last weekend my mom told me… Continue reading {Eat Local} A Season of Pinks and Greens

Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

You Know You’re a Farmers’ Market Geek When…

It's the little things that excite me. Like the spate of updates from a handful of area farmers' markets announcing upcoming Spring hours and new vendors for the new season. The anticipation of waking early to explore area markets filled with fresh Spring crops equates to similar feelings I had as a child during those… Continue reading You Know You’re a Farmers’ Market Geek When…

Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market

Once a textile mill producing high-quality woven labels for well known brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Mercedes Benz, Chatham Mills has been redeveloped and repopulated with a coop market, a performing arts and special events center, a meadery and most  recently a farm-to-table restaurant. In April 2011, Chatham Mills Farmers' Market took up residence… Continue reading Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

Frosty Mornings at the Farmers’ Markets

One Saturday in late October, in the early morning chill, I watched vendors and market volunteers at the Durham Farmers' Market scurry around, setting up their tables with produce and wares for sale before the opening bell.  Bundled in jackets, wearing hats, scarves and gloves, the extra layers didn't appear to weigh down anyone's activity. The… Continue reading Frosty Mornings at the Farmers’ Markets

Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

Fast Food from the Farmers’ Market

This week, I've been cooking for one, while the other half was visiting far-off family over the holiday.  As a result, meals have been minimal, quick (under 30 minutes) & easy (stove-free too, when the AC was out), once the leftovers from the holiday weekend were consumed. I've been enjoying simple sandwiches of tomato and Okfuskee… Continue reading Fast Food from the Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Market · Uncategorized

To Market, to Market to Buy…

... just about any berry you can imagine:  dewberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries are still hangin' in, and peaches and a few cherries have been making the market scene lately.  This is the peak of cobbler, crisp, crumble, and pie season (at least for me).  On my Sunday brunch menu for this weekend is the Jumble… Continue reading To Market, to Market to Buy…