June 27th, 2017
Durham Farmers' Market Newsletter
Good, Local Food Year Round!
Saturdays 8 am-Noon
Wednesdays 3-6 pm
In This Issue
Fickle Creek Farm
Flat River Nursery & Farm
Hurtgen Meadows Farm
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
We are so excited to announce that we will host Sprouts Kid's Club every Wednesday from June 28 through August 16!  As a reminder, the Sprouts Club  is a weekly club for children ages 4-12 years old that educates them about healthy eating, environmental stewardship, where their food comes from and much more. Every week, children participate in an activity and sample a fruit and vegetable in the two-bite club. After completing these two activities, each child earns $3 in Sprouts Club Bucks to spend  only  on fruits and vegetables at the Durham Farmers' Market. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to our crowdfunding initiative. The campaign doesn't end until the end of this week, so if you want to contribute so we can expand the program you still can! If we can raise sufficient funding, we will host the Sprouts Kid's Club once per month at the Saturday Market, too. 

See you tomorrow!

Molly Vaughan 
Assistant Market Manager
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Missives from a Market Farmer:  Solanaceae
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.

Brassicaceae family (aka  Cruciferae because of their flowers are cross shaped) are leaving the market and the  Solanaceae are coming. The  Brassicaceae family includes kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collards, watercress, tatsoi, arugula, bok choy, and other similar plants. Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and eggplant are in the  Solanaceae family. These solanaceous plants are important food, particularly potatoes which, worldwide, are the fourth most important staple crop, proceeded corn, wheat, and rice. However, this famous, important, family also has a dark side in that it contains some of the world's most poisonous plants. 
The common name for  Solanaceae is nightshades. The etymology of the family name is not clear. Maybe it comes from the sun-shaped flowers, maybe it comes from a once-held belief that the plants grew at night; maybe it comes from fear of the poisonous members of the family.  Real killers are belladonna, mandrake, angel's trumpet, and tobacco.  
Belladonna means beautiful lady in Italian. One of its effects is to dilate the pupils which supposedly made women more attractive in that this indicated a woman was aroused or interested in her company. It contains tropane alkaloid compounds that can cause hallucinations, delirium, and convulsions. Mashed berries and tinctures were used as medicines in the past to relive pain, relax the muscles, and as an anti-inflammatory. However, correct dosing was difficult and it was a known poison, hence, its other name-deadly nightshade. 
And then there is tobacco with its addicting psychoactive compound nicotine, once one of my favorite poisons. It is  Solanaceae's most successful killers. It is estimated that 5 million people die each year from the effects of tobacco use.  
But to end on a more positive note-consider potatoes. They were brought to Western Europe in the 16 thcentury and quickly became a key staple which, according to the  Cambridge World History of Food, was responsible for eliminating famine in Europe by the 19 th century. Staple foods are those foods the traditionally provide the most calories in a population's diet, and potatoes were such a boon because they provide nearly 3 times more calories per land area than wheat, barley, or rye. Thus, potatoes, greens, and meat, milk, or eggs from farm animals provided a basis for a nutritious diet, and by the 1840s rural subsistence farmers in Ireland were eating from 5 to 10 pounds of potatoes per day.    
Next week-mandrakes and tomatoes.

Upcoming Market Events

Saturday, July 1
  • Join  C'est si Bon's teen chefs for a demo on the Market Lawn from 10-11 am! All children are invited to participate in the demo and learn cooking skills.
  • Join us for a Market Tour at 9:30 am!
Saturday, July 15
  • Save the date for Tomato Day, one of our favorite celebrations of the year!
  • Chat with the Master Gardeners from 8 am-noon.
Saturday, July 22
  • Celebrate all things pickled in Durham! Join us for a Home Pickling Competition from 10-11:30 am and submit your best pickled goodies. And don't forget to swing by Picklefest on Sunday, July 23 at The Rickhouse!
  • Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance on a leisurely 10-mile cruiser ride touring Durham's community gardens and markets. Mingle at the Durham Farmers' Market before biking to SEEDS Community Garden, Briggs Avenue Community Garden and the Durham Food Co-op. 
Saturday, July 29
  • Join Susan Sink, Tarheel Foodie, for the Homefries Kid's Cooking Class. Registration information will be available in the upcoming weeks!

Fresh this Week

Asian Greens, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherry  Tomatoes , Corn, Cucumbers, Herbs, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Onions, Pea Shoots,  Radishes , Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Peppers! 

FRUIT: Strawberries, Blueberries, Black RaspberriesRaspberries, Cantaloupe 

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

Zinnias, carnations, 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.

Let us know if you have any special requests for cuts we don't usually offer... we can get what you want within a few weeks!

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 **
  • Deli Meats: Salami, Bologna, Sliced Ham, & Hot Dogs
  • Free Range and Pastured Hen & Duck Eggs
  • Soup, Stew, & Stock ingredients
  • Never Sprayed Produce
  • Ground Pet Food
Pro-rated rolling sign up for our Warm Season CSA- Save 10%!

10% off purchases of $100 or more!  

Flat River Nursery & Farm

We will be at market with Greenhouse Tomatoes, Sungolds, a few field tomatoes, squash, cukes,  Bedding Plants, Vegetable Plants, Hanging Baskets, Herbs, Potted Flowers, Ferns,   and a  few Greens.   Green Tomatoes to make your favorite fried  Green Tomato recipe dish. 

Charles and Joan Holeman
1548 Holeman Ashley Rd.
Timberlake NC,  27583

Hurtgen Meadows Farm

We have an abundance of pickling cucumbers.  If you are interested in quantity for canning, send us an email for special pricing.
We will have summer squash (patty pan, zephyr, yellow, zucchini), pickling and slicing/salad cucumbers, carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, cabbage, eggplant, sweet onions, potatoes, and garlic available.
Jams and Jellies!  We have our award-winning strawberry jam.  Also available are apple jelly, 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!
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.