October 10, 2018
Durham Farmers' Market Newsletter
Good, Local Food Year Round!
Main Season Market Hours:
Saturdays 8:00 am-Noon
Wednesdays 3:00-6:00 pm
In This Issue
Hurtgen Meadows
Spicy Hermit
Fickle Creek 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 
Farmer Foodshare's 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; that food is then donated 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. Get a sticker on your card every time you make a donation of cash or food. Once your card is full, you can redeem it for a free  item at one of Farmer Foodshare's local sponsors!















Happy Wednesday Market Community! Today marks the final Wednesday market of the 2018 season! Our Wednesday market started strong with juicy, bright strawberries and is ending with the signs of Fall bringing butternut squash and tasty kale. During the summer we invited out Master Gardeners and spent time with our youngest shoppers during Sprouts Kid's Club! This really has been an amazing season and we are so grateful to our fantastic customers!

We look forward to seeing you today to celebrate the end of the Wednesday market season! 

Charlotte Minguez
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Missives from a Market Farmer: Pepo Myths 
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.
The online dictionary says a pumpkin is: " a large rounded orange- yellow fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds."  If you have been following along for the last few weeks, you know the pumpkin is a variety of  Cucurbita pepo , a native of the new world which quickly spread to all corners of the earth. There are many folk tales and myths about pumpkins. Jack o' Lanterns, Cinderella's pumpkin/carriage, and the headless horseman who terrorized Ichabod Crane in the  Legend of Sleepy Hollow  all spring immediately to mind.  Each of these has its own history, for example, consider the Cinderella Story. 
I just learned there is a classification system for folktales called the Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales. Cinderella is tale type 510A: Persecuted Heroine. Currently the most popular version of the tale is the one developed by Charles Perrault in 1697, which is based on a series of tales that extends back over 2000 years. The first know written version was recorded by a Greek geographer, Starbo, who wrote Geographica in about 7 BC. In that version, a bird drops a beautiful shoe in to the lap of a Greek Sultan who takes it as an instruction from the universe (or the gods) to go search for its owner. The Sultan undertakes an arduous journey, finds a beautiful, good, and adventurous young woman toiling in the family garden and who has the matching shoe. With the blessings of all, he marries her soon afterwards. 
In his version of Cinderella, Perrault added the fairy-god-mother, the turning of mice into horses, a pumpkin into chariot, and the transformation of ash-covered and dirty Cinderella, into a clean well-dressed, and well-mannered young woman who wore glass slippers to the royal ball.  Cinderella loses one slipper in her haste to leave the ball where she whirled the night away dancing with the rich, entitled prince. He retrieves the slipper and travels through his lands until he finds the woman it fits. Cinderella and the prince marry.  
In some versions, Cinderella has one or more "wicked" stepsisters whom she serves. Cinderella wears their hand-me-down clothes until they are in tatters and is covered with ashes (cinders) because she cleans their fireplaces on hands and knees. Depending on the author, these sisters are redeemed somewhat and, through the intervention of their good and forgiving sister, marry men with lesser titles than that of prince. In others, Cinderella's sisters cut off parts of their feet to fit into the shoes, are discovered and rejected, and later have their eyes pecked out by some small birds who were special friends of Cinderella. 
Fairy tales can be pretty grim. 
The Jack-o-Lantern is also a story in which the pumpkin appears later in a long told tale. Again there are multiple origin stories. One concerns Stingy Jack who engaged in various unsavory acts and also tricked the Devil twice! When he died, he was refused entrance into heaven and also rejected by the Devil. Thus, he wanders he earth forever continuing his misdeeds. To somewhat protect the public, heaven and hell specified he must carry a lantern with him at all times. Originally the lantern was said to be made from a hollowed out turnip or beet, but later this became a pumpkin. There are other versions. Check the internet by searching for Stingy Jack and Jack-o-Lanterns. 

Fresh this Week  
VEGETABLES:  Eggplant, Garlic, Corn, Squash, Onions, Beans, Cucumbers, Okra, Zucchini, Beets, Peppers, Dried & Fresh Herbs and Spices, Tomatoes,  and much more!

FRUIT:  Grapes, Apples, Pears & More

MEATS AND EGGS:  Pork, Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Chicken, Chicken Eggs


SPECIALTY ITEMS:  Baked Goods, Breads, Jams, Jellies, and more!

Produce availability depends on weather conditions.
Hurtgen Meadows Farm
On this last Wednesday market, we will be bringing arugula, eggplant (classic, fairytale, mini Hansel and Gretel), potatoes, colorful bell peppers, sweet lunchbox peppers, hot peppers, fall squash, garlic and some of our beautiful dahlias. 
We'll have fresh eggs from our free-ranging happy chickens that are fed organic grains.
Current varieties available include peach, pear, kiwi, strawberry, sweet onion and pepper jam.  Our award winning jams and jellies are made in small batches using local ingredients. Our family has made jams for multiple generations and we are happy to share with our customers.
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!
The Spicy Hermit
The Spicy Hermit crafts traditional and seasonal kimchi using fresh produce from local farms (including those at Durham Farmers Market!) and time-honored fermentation methods. What is kimchi? Simply put, kimchi is a delicious product resulting from seemingly magical alchemy of vegetables and spices. All kimchi from The Spicy Hermit is raw, gluten-free, and vegan, and manufactured at each produce's seasonal peak. 

Our current offerings are: green cabbage and butternut squash. Come early to get best selection! Try them as a side dish, like pickles, or as seasoning for dips or sauces. We are still patiently waiting for the greens to grow for our other varieties. 

Fickle Creek Farm

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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.