July 25th, 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
Flat River Nursery & Farm
Boxcarr 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
Tomorrow in Sprouts Club, the kiddos will get to work with soil from some of our farmers' land. Just within in our 70-mile member radius, there is a lot of variety in color, texture, and grain size of soil. This week's lesson is sure to be a memorable one, so bring the whole family out tomorrow afternoon for a little local shopping and local learning. 

The colors at market are as fiery as the recent temperatures have been in Durham. Brighten up your week with us tomorrow from 3-6 PM at Durham Central Park! 

See you soon! 

Molly Vaughan 
Assistant Market Manager
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Missives from a Market Farmer: 
Non-Paying Customers

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.

All the DFM farmers are troubled by non-paying customers, and these are not people who spirit lettuce and kale away from our tables. No, most everyone who shops at the marked is a delightful person who is appreciates the  food we grow. At market, I have only had one non-paying human customer-a young woman who nervously hung around our tomato table, asked about prices and varieties, and, when I was speaking to another customer, grabbed a tomato and took off at a fast walk. I was so stunned, I never even considered pursuing her but stood staring at her skinny back and her swinging, long brown hair as she disappeared into the crowd. Maybe she was just really hungry and had no money.  No, it's not even people. It is the multitude and multitudes of nonhuman critters who come, uninvited to our fields and barns to eat the food we grow. 
Uninvited, non-paying customers include deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, ground hogs, crows, sparrows, and other small birds, snails, slugs, and turtles-mammals, birds, mollusks, roundworms, and reptiles. And insects. Yes insects, always insects. 
Insects specialize in eating a certain plants and, often, acquire the name of their preferred plant. For example, the Colorado potato beetle, the Mexican bean beetle, the cucumber beetle, the cabbage moth, and the tomato horn worm. Aligned with our recent focus on Solanaceae, I have been reading about the tomato horn worm and the tobacco horn worm. Both of these critters eat plants in the Solanaceae family, and, if you find one of these voracious caterpillars in your garden, you need to examine it closely to determine which it is. 
The characteristics you must use to distinguish the two vary from place to place. This is because insects in the Lepidoptera family exhibit what is known as polymorphism, that is, different forms from place to place. Several articles on the internet espouse this little mnemonic for distinguishing the two: 
  • Tomato horn worms have V-shaped white markings. V for vine ripe tomatoes. 
  • Tobacco horn worms have straight white markings, like cigarettes.   
Apparently the species in NC are somewhat different. Here is a link to a wonderful video by NC State on how to distinguish the two species in NC: TOBACCO OR TOMATO HORN WORM? Seems like the color of the horn and the decoration of the stripes are distinguishing in our area. 
Both of these caterpillars can denude our tomato plants in a matter of days and do not pay us farmers a penny. They are only one of the many pests and diseases of tomatoes. 
The scientific names and moths of the tomato and tobacco horn worms are, respectively, Manduca quinquemaculata (five-spotted hawk moth) and Manduca sexta (Carolina sphinx moth). One has, TA-DA, five spots on the adult body; the other six spots. Ah, to have really studied my Latin in high school.
When I first started farming, I was still working at an office job and picked flowers at night using a head lamp. I used to see what I, in my naiveté, believed to be some sort of bee with a long proboscis hovering over flowers like a humming bird and sucking nectar. I gave it my own name-hummingbird bee. But, now I know this was a nocturnal sphinx moth, probably the Carolina Sphinx Moth fortifying herself to lay eggs on my tomato plants. 
DANGER: If you start reading about Lepidoptera and perusing videos of them on the internet, you are in danger of falling down the proverbial "rabbit hole" of endlessly fascinating information leading you further and further from the daily tasks you should be completing. For example, there is the story of the Death's Head Hawk Moth, which I might tell you about since apparently there is no popular demand for me writing about the details of phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables.     

Upcoming Market Events

Every Wednesday
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, Watermelon 

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.

LOTS of SUN SUGAR CHERRY TOMATOES... by the $4 pint... or the $3 pound if buying more than 3 lbs

Mid Week Special!! Tomatoes for making sauce... 10 + pounds for $2 / lb; All high quality tomatoes!

This Week:   FRESH -never frozen- Pasture & Woodland Raised, Free Range ** PORK  **

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

Click   here  to see everything we have: 
  • Free Range, Pasture Raised ** CHICKEN ** fed only USDA Certified Organic Feed
  • 100% Grass Fed and Grass Finished, Pasture Raised ** BEEF ** (never fed any grain!)
  • Deli Meats: Salami, Bologna, & Hot Dogs 
  • Free Range and Pastured Hen & Duck Eggs
  • No Nitrate Beef Snack Sticks, Bites, & Jerky
  • Soup, Stew, & Stock Ingredients
  • Never Sprayed Produce
Pro-rated rolling sign up for our Warm Season CSA- Save 10%!


10% off purchases of $100 or more!  

Hurtgen Meadows Farm
We will have plenty of TOMATOES (slicers, cherries, heirlooms, and hybrids), pickling and slicing/salad cucumbers, carrots, beets, bell peppers, cabbage, eggplant (classic and fairytale), sweet onions, potatoes, and garlic available. In limited quantities: okra, beans, raspberries, blackberries, summer squash
Did your basil plant give up too early?  We have more new basil plant starts so you can enjoy the combo of tomatoes and basil again!
Happy eggs from our happy hens
Come by for a lovely bunch that highlights: dahlias, zinnias, limelight hydrangeas, lisianthus, statice, gomphrena, and bachelor buttons. 
Jams and Jellies!  We have our award-winning strawberry jam.  Also available are apple jelly 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!
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

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  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.