May 30th, 2017
Durham Farmers' Market Newsletter
Good, Local Food Year Round!
Saturdays 8 am-Noon
Wednesdays 3-6 pm
In This Issue
Fickle Creek Farm
Hurtgen Meadows Farm
Boxcar Handmade Cheese
DFM Accepts
SNAP Benefits
The Durham Farmers' Market  proudly accepts SNAP benefits. To use your EBT
card at the Market, please visit the Market info table
at the center of the Pavilion.

The Double Bucks Program allows SNAP customers to receive double the amount of money they spend on tokens for purchases up to $10. 

The Market is working
closely with RAFI as our fiscal sponsor. Read more about
the program and our partnership  HERE

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Double Bucks program! We couldn't do it without you!
Farmer Foodshare Donation Station 
The Donation Station
Program collects donations
of fresh food and cash from customers at the Durham Farmers' Market.  The
money is used directly 
at the Market to purchase food from farmers for
those who are hungry
in our community.
Farmer Foodshare's mission
is to connect our local
farmers with those
who need food! Please visit
or volunteer at our Durham Farmers' Market
Donation Station!

And don't forget to participate in the Donor Rewards Program. Give a suggested donation of $3-$5 and
receive a stamp on your card. Once you've collected enough stamps, you will proudly earn your Farmer Foodshare
T-shirt! Swing by the Donation Station for
more information!
















10% Campaign

Quick Links
Sprouts Kid's Club Campaign Update 

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite "ugly" veggie in our produce beauty pageant on Saturday. Your donations will help fund our Sprouts Kid's Club at the market. "Miss Bunny Berry" from Hurtgen Meadows Farm raised the most money for Sprouts Club, followed by the cute cross legged carrot from Phoenix Farm, and the curled heirloom tomato from Four Leaf Farm. Lots of folks came up to our table to say they think ALL vegetables are beautiful, and we couldn't agree with them more. Join the fight against food waste by supporting small farms and buying imperfect produce. 

If you missed this event but still want to contribute to Sprouts Club, please check out our crowdfunding site. We need your help to sustain this program, and we have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal! 

Molly Vaughan 
Assistant Market Manager
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Missives from a Market Farmer: Beets
Missives is a series of short articles by Judy Lessler, a DFM farmer, on the history, cultivation, and preparation of the items sold at market.
Do you think the flavor of beets has a pleasant earthy note or do you think beets taste like dirt?
Your answer depends upon your reaction to a geosmin, a compound that is responsible for the aroma of wet, freshly turned soil. Beets contain geosmin. Your answer may also depend upon the variety of beet-some types have more geosmin than others. It may depend upon how the beets were prepared-removing the peels and adding lemon, vinegar, or another acid denatures some of the geosmin. Finally, your reaction to beets may be due to a genetic makeup that makes you especially sensitive this compound. Scientists think the ability to detect geosmin may have been important evolutionarily because it facilitated locating damp places full of edible plants. If beets remind you of dirt, you may be descended from an esteemed leader who could smell geosmin in the air and lead her tribe to plants, saving them from vitamin deficiency. Scientists have not settled on the answers to these questions; however, there is no doubt that geosmin is the source of the fragrance (or stench) of beets.
When I was a girl, my mother "put-up" beets for winter. By summer's end, 30 or more pint jars of dark, red pickled beets lined the shelves in our storage shed. Often on Thursday or Friday, she served a low-cost meal of pinto beans, cornbread, and pickled beets. I was never sure if this meal appeared because money was scarce-my dad was paid at noon on Saturday-or because it was less work-after lunch, put a pot of beans on to simmer; at 6 pm, spend 10 minutes mixing up the cornbread and pop it into the hot oven; at 6:20 pm send Judy to the storage shed to get a jar or two of beets; voila, every nutritional imperative is met, 20 minutes of prep, and all done by 6:30 pm.
My mom never served fresh beets. Maybe they tasted like dirt to her.
I eat fresh beets often in many delicious forms. If my mother was a still around, I am certain the following recipe would make her a beet fan. I call it  Amazing Beet Salad because it is has no fat, is amazingly easy to prepare, keeps and gets better in the refrigerator, and tastes amazing. 

Amazing Beet Salad
4 servings
2 cups beets, boiled, peeled, and cut into pieces
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix and refrigerate. Notice the pattern here: For every cup of beets, add 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon wine vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. That way you can just boil, skin, and cut up however many beets you have, measure the amount, and then add the other ingredients in the proportions indicated.

Upcoming Market Events

Saturday, June 3
  • The annual Running of the Bulls 8K race will take place around downtown Durham. Please note that parking at the Market will be affected until 8:30 am - check out their website for more information.
Saturday, June 10
  • Join Erin for a home pickling demo and learn everything you need to preserve your favorite fruits and veggies! 
Saturday, June 17
  • Chat with the Master Gardeners from 8 am-noon.
Saturday, July 15
  • Save the date for Tomato Day, one of our favorite celebrations of the year! 

Fresh this Week

VEGETABLES:  Arugula, Asian Greens, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Cucumbers, Dried & Fresh Herbs and Spices, Fennel, Garlic, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Hakurei Turnips, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (many varieties), Radishes, Scallions, Spring Onions & Garlic, Squash, Zucchini, Squash, and more!

FRUIT: Strawberries

Pork, Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Chicken, Veal, Duck Eggs, Chicken Eggs

Baptista, Bachelor Buttons, Peonies, Tulips, Snapdragons, Sunflowers, and more!

CHEESES:  Fresh and Aged Goat and Cow Milk Cheeses
Vegetable, Flower and Herb Starts, Bedding Plants

Kombucha, Granola, Nut Butter,  Pasta, Flour, Cornmeal, Baked Goods including Pies, Breads, Cookies, Pastries, Empanadas, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, and more!

Produce availability depends on weather conditions.
Fickle Creek Farm

Please  pre-order here  by **11 AM** and we will hold your order at market until 5:30.

Fire up the grill! We will have all types of fresh and frozen sausages, smoked boneless pork chops, bone in pork chops, beef steaks, ground beef, and hot dogs, 

THIS WEEK: ** FRESH -never frozen- Pasture & Woodland Raised, Free Range PORK **

Also, LIMITED quantities of FRESH 100% Grass Fed MUTTON

Click   here  to see everything we have: 
  • Free Range, Pasture-Raised ** CHICKEN ** Fed Certified Organic Feed
  • 100% Grass Fed, Pasture Raised ** LAMB & YEARLING MUTTON **
  • 100% Grass Fed, Pasture Raised ** BEEF **
  • Free Range, Pasture-Raised ** BRAISING DUCK **
  • Deli Meats: Salami, Bologna, Sliced Ham, & Hot Dogs
  • Soup, Stew, & Stock ingredients
  • Never Sprayed Produce
  • Ground Chicken Pet Food
  • Free Range and Pastured Hen & Duck Eggs
Sign up for our Warm Season CSA and save 10%!

10% off purchases of $100 or more!  

Hurtgen Meadows Farm

We are now harvesting our spring cabbage.
The berries are still producing, so get our PESTICIDE-FREE strawberries while they are still available.  
We will have cabbage, sweet onions, potatoes, lettuce, celery, green garlic and eggs.
Last call for our starter plants (while supplies last). We will have a selection of tomatoes, peppers, pickling cucumbers, herbs and blackberry plants for your garden. 
Jams and Jellies!  We have our award-winning strawberry jam and blackberry jelly.  Also available are apple jelly and peach mango and sweet onion jam.
All of Hurtgen Meadows produce, plants, fruits and flowers are naturally grown using sustainable practices - no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers are ever used on our farm.  We'll see you at the market!

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese 

We are a small, family-operated creamery in Cedar Grove making Italian-inspired Cow and Goat-milk cheeses. We hand craft all our artisan cheeses, packing each with love. We bring the whole family to the market so get ready to meet the kids and our cheese-makers!

Come taste all of our  delicious cheeses including
our  Freshen  ( cow milk)  Pimento, Herb Garlic,  and Chive flavored; our bloomy-rind cheese,  Cottonbell   ( cow milk) ; our lightly smoked, meltable fan favorite,  Campo   (cow milk) ; our decadent ash ripened and award winning,  Rocket's Robiola   (cow milk) ; our milder take on a beer washed Taleggio,  Lissome   (cow milk) Nimble ,   beer washed   (cow & goat milk) ; and our aged, bees wax dipped,  Winsome   (cow & goat milk) .

For more about our cheeses, creamery, and us, please visit our  website  and join our newsletter mailing list. E-mail questions and special orders to  or call 919-732-9079.

Austin, Dani, Samantha, Alessandra, & Lily

Parking & Street Information
The Market is located at 501 Foster Street in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park.  Parking can be found along the street around the pavilion. There are also public parking lots along Foster Street and on Morgan Street near the Carolina Theatre.  

Handicap parking is available on Foster Street, right next to the south entrance of the pavilion.
Durham Farmers' Market Animal Policy
Please note that the Durham Farmers' Market does not allow dogs or other pets in the Market area during Market hours.  Service animals are exempt from this rule.

Leashed pets are welcome elsewhere throughout Durham Central Park.