July 5th, 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
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
Happy belated 4th of July to everyone! We hope one way you express patriotism is by supporting our local farmers. Small farmers across the nation work hard every day to feed their communities. Cheers to them!  

Today at the Market, Kamal Bell of Sankofa Farms will be leading our Sprouts Club activity. Sankofa Farms' mission is to create a sustainable food source for minorities in both rural an urban areas located in Durham and Orange County, North Carolina. They also have an Agriculture Academy that seeks to educate students on the existing problems within agriculture. We can't wait to see what wonderful lessons Kamal brings to the Sprouts Club this afternoon! 
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. 

See you TODAY!

Molly Vaughan 
Assistant Market Manager
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Missives from a Market Farmer:  Solanaceae II, Mandrake and Tomatoes
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.

As I noted last week, the  Solanaceae family, which contains tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and eggplant, also contains some of the world's most poisonous plants. One of the poisons members of Solanaceae is the mandrake,  Mandragora officinarum. (Officinarum is the species name for the official medicinal version of a plant). Members of the genus  Mandragora contain tropane alkaloids which block certain neurotransmitters causing hypnotic and hallucinogenic effects. In ancient times it was used as a narcotic and aphrodisiac. As a narcotic (or analgesic) it was used to treat many painful conditions-abscesses, bone pain, cramps, complications of labor, and so on. Dosing was iffy, and people were aware that it was deadly.

The mandrake plant is a rosette with a large taproot that resembles the human body. This human shape and the deadly properties gave rise to numerous superstitions and supposed magical powers. In the medieval times, people believed one could die from pulling the plant up with his or her hands, but that it was safe to handle once removed.  Some of the recommend methods for removing it involved tying a black dog to the plant, either dead, mad, or starving. If starving, one then scattered fresh meat near the tethered dog who extracted the plant as it rushed to retrieve the meat. For a dead dog, one merely pulled on the dog.

I prefer the staving dog version, and, since I love dogs, would posit the use of merely a hungry dog. 
There has been a long history of people attempting to discount superstitions surrounding mandrake. Some 350 years ago Theophrastus wrote  that it was f ar-fetched and irrelevant  to believe one should draw three circles round mandrake with a sword, and cut it with one's face towards the west ; and, at the cutting of the second piece, one should dance round the plant and say as many things as possible about the mysteries of love.

Nevertheless, belief in magical powers of mandrake persists to this day. You can buy it on Amazon in various formulations, and one product contains the following description: ... a whole mandrake root can be placed on the mantel in the home and will give the house protection, fertility and prosperity. Mandrake is also hung on the headboard for protection during sleep, carried to attract love and worn to prevent illness Mind you, it has been over 2300 years since Theophrastus cautioned against superstitions surrounding mandrakes.

So what does this have to do with tomatoes? When tomatoes were first taken to Europe from the New World, people recognized they were in the nightshade family. An Italian herbalist considered it to be an aphrodisiac along with nightshade (belladonna) and mandrake. The French called the tomato pomme d'amour. And, many people assumed tomatoes were poisonous-like the mandrake and belladonna.  

Next week: tomatoes and the correct mayonnaise for a tomato sandwich. 

Upcoming Market Events

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

Sunflower season!  We'll have bunches available.


July is here and the gardens are exploding with fresh produce.  We will have summer squash (patty pan, zephyr, yellow, zucchini), pickling and slicing/salad cucumbers, okra, green and yellow beans, carrots, beets, radishes, bell peppers, cabbage, eggplant, sweet onions, potatoes, and garlic available.


Jams and Jellies!  We have our award-winning strawberry jam.  Also available are apple jelly and sweet onion jam.  Peach and blackberry will be back in stock as fruit for jam becomes available.

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  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.