May 16th, 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!
















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Contribute to our Sprouts Kid's Club Crowdfunding Campaign! 

We launched our Sprouts Kid's Club Crowdfunding Campaign on Friday, and we need your help to raise money for a successful Sprouts Club this season! Sprouts Kid's Club is a wonderful program that benefits local children, farmers, and the Durham community. We hope to have this program at Wednesday and Saturday markets this summer, but the Durham Farmers' Market does not have the resources to sustain the costs of the club without contributions from the community. Please visit our crowdfunding page for more information, and help us get the word out by e-mailing friends and family, sharing the link on social media, and posting to your neighborhood listservs.

Thank you in advance for considering supporting this great community cause. 

See you tomorrow!

Molly Vaughan 
Assistant Market Manager
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Missives from a Market Farmer: Kale
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.
In the past six years, kale has displaced lettuces as favorite green for DFM customers. Kale is called a super food because of its high nutritional value, and chefs and home cooks have recently developed many ways to prepare it. The 1959 edition of the Fannie Merritt Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook has a single entry for Greens, a category encompassing, "young tender beet tops, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, collards, kale, chicory, escarole, lettuce, spinach, turnip tops, and mustard green." The cook is instructed to wash, salt, and cook the greens until barely tender using little water; to drain and chop the cooked greens; and to season then with butter, pepper and salt. This is not a bad recipe, but a quick internet search will yield sites, such as, 101 Cookbooks or Real Simple with recipes for chips, smoothies, soups, salads, stir-fries, stews, casseroles, and so on. I have included my favorite Kale Wake-Up Smoothie Recipe below, and I am looking forward to trying:  Slow Cooker Sausage and Kale Stew with Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes , which sounds both creative and simple to prepare. 
Kale is a member of the  Cruciferae family. The majority of the edible varieties are in the genus Brassica, and Brassica oleracea includes cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and kohlrabi. A variety is a type that is found in nature. Like various dog breeds created by people for specific purposes, e.g., Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, and St. Bernard's, a cultivar is a variety created by farmers and agronomists. This can be done by selecting and cultivating naturally occurring varieties or purposely creating crosses. 
You will find many cultivars of kale at market. I interviewed vegetable farmers last Wednesday, and most grew three to four cultivars. On the whole, our DFM farmers start seeds in their greenhouses and then move transplants to the field. A few also scatter seeds on tops of beds and rake them in, which works particularly well for fall crops and cool weather.
In future weeks I will write about the 2500 year documented history on cultivation of kale and about recent scientific research in how human genetic variations result in different reactions to kale's bitter flavor. 
Kale Wake-Up Smoothie Recipe
6 to 8 cups
1 cup seedless grapes
1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into thick slices
1 cup apple or pineapple
1 cup strawberries or banana, frozen if desired
2 cups spinach or kale
Water or green tea as desired
Honey or sugar (optional)  
Place 1/2 cup water or green tea in blender. Add remaining ingredients in order listed.  Blend at a low speed and quickly increase speed.  Blend to desired consistency.  Add additional water or tea as desired for a more liquid drink.  Taste and add sugar, honey, or lemon to taste. Store extra in jar with top in refrigerator.  Shake before serving stored smoothie.  

Upcoming Market Events

Saturday, May 20
  • Join The 360 Approach for an old-school, family-friendly Field Day from 10-11 am. There will be prizes!
Saturday, May 27
  • Ugly Veggie Beauty Contest! Vote for your favorite ugly veggie from DFM farmers in our Ugly Veggie Beauty Contest fundraiser. 
Saturday, June 10
  • Join Erin for a home pickling demo and learn everything you need to preserve your favorite fruits and veggies!

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, 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.

FRESH -never frozen- Pasture Raised, FREE RANGE PORK

Get a FRESH pork Boston butt, boneless loin, or picnic shoulder roast for the smoker... or some sausages for the grill! 

First harvest of DILL, SCALLIONS, and RED BEETS!

Click   here  to see everything we have: 
  • 100% Grass Fed BEEF
  • 100% GRASS FED, PASTURE RAISED LAMB (no legs left)
  • Artisan Deli Meats: Salami, Bologna, Sliced Ham, & Hot Dogs
  • Soup, Stew, & Stock ingredients
  • Produce
  • Ground 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 starting to dig our new red potatoes (limited availability).
The season is winding down, so get our PESTICIDE-FREE strawberries while they are still available.
We will have potatoes, lettuce, chard, celery, green garlic and eggs.
Last call for our starter plants (while supplies last). We will have a selection of tomatoes, peppers, okra, vine crops (including pickling and burp-less slicing cucumbers), herbs, blackberries, catnip and flower plants for your garden. 
Jams and Jellies!  We have our award-winning strawberry jam and blackberry jelly.  Also available are apple, peach and peach mango and 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.