August 15, 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
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
Please join us tomorrow for the last day of Sprouts Kid's Club for the 2017 season! Thank you to everyone who supported the program this year during our crowdfunding campaign. It was a great summer with some wonderful guest activity leaders, and we enjoyed seeing the Sprouts kiddos learn about local food, farming, and healthy eating. 
See you tomorrow!

Molly Vaughan 
Assistant Market Manager
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Missives from a Market Farmer: 
Okra- Fibers and George Washington Carver's Tomato and Okra Soup Recipe 
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.

Okra is in the Malvaceae family. Many plants in that family are used for their fibers. For example, cotton, a Malvaceae member, is the world's most important textile. Plant fibers are derived from many parts including seed hairs, stems, leaves, and husks. Cotton is a seed hair; flax and hemp are from the stem; sisal is from leaf fibers; and coconut fibers are derived from the husks. Okra fibers come from the inner bark or phloem.  They are long and silky and easy to extract. The cellulose fibers in the phloem support vesicles, which move nutrients produced in the leaves to all parts of the plant.  

Natural fiber composites have become important to modern manufacturing. The European automobile industry has lead the way in the use of natural fiber composites,  spurred on by regulations in Europe requiring all automobile parts to be recyclable in the near future. India produces 73% of the world's okra, some 5.7 million metric tons per year. Indian scientists have recently investigated the use of okra fibers in composite materials and the concomitant potential for increasing income of small farmers. 

In 2008, India's Institute of Technology developed a method for small farmers to extract okra fibers on their farms.  Plant cellulose fibers are separated from the other tissues by retting- a soaking and fermentation process. Indian scientists focused on extraction on ordinary farms. They soaked okra stems in a pit of muddy water for six days, and then used a simple washing protocol that yielded 5 to 7 foot long fibers. In addition, the scientists wove okra fibers into mats and reinforced them with a polyester resin to create a composite material which was subsequently used to build furniture and interior doors. The online journal Composites World noted in 2014 that plant fiber composites have high tensile strength and weigh less than alternatives.  

George Washington Carver, a famous American, was born a slave, graduated from what became Iowa State University in plant science, and worked for the remainder of this life at Tuskegee University, which was founded by Booker T. Washington. He devoted his career to improving agriculture and the lives of poor farmers in the South.  He taught farmers how to use what is now known as organic agriculture to reclaim depleted farm land and dramatically improve yields. Like present day Indian scientists, Carver developed non-food uses of agricultural products-paints, oils, ropes, and building materials. He constructed mats, ropes and wear resistant rugs from okra fibers and dyed then with extracts from Alabama clays.  

I had planned on giving you George Washington Carver's recipe for Tomato and Okra Soup before the horrendous march by white-nationalists, the KKK, and Nazis in Charlottesville VA. Now I think it is more important to do so. Make it and eat it in honor of Carver and all our follow Americans, whatever their race. 

George Washington Carver's Tomato and Okra Soup
6 or more servings
3 cups tomatoes, peeled and chopped 
1 green pepper, seeds removed, chopped fine
2 quarts water
2 cups sliced okra
3 Tablespoons rice
3 Tablespoons mince onion
3 Tablespoons salt
ΒΌ teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons green corn (substitute yellow corn kernels or omit)
Put all the ingredients into the soup pot, and cook gently for two hours; then add two tablespoons butter or sweet drippings, and serve. The bones from roast meat or broiled meat adds to its flavor. This recipe is from: Bulletin 36, April 1918: HOW TO GROW THE TOMATO; 115 WAYS TO PREPARE IT.

Upcoming Market Events
Wednesday, August 16
  • Join us for the Sprouts Kid's Club!
  • Don't forget to get your Customer Loyalty Card stamped at the Info Table. After 10 visits, you'll receive a prize!
Saturday, August 19
  • Join chefs Jeff Crane and Meredith Antunez for the final Homefries Kid's Cooking Class of the season. Register today!
  • Chat with the Master Gardeners from 8 am-Noon.
Fresh this Week
VEGETABLES:  Beans, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Dried & Fresh Herbs and Spices, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Lettuce, New Potatoes, Onions, Pea Shoots, Peppers,  Squash, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and much more!

FRUIT:  Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Melons, and Raspberries

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

FLOWERS:  Zinnias, L isianthus , Celosia, Sunflowers, and more!

CHEESES:  Fresh and Aged Cow Milk Cheeses
Vegetable, Flower and Herb Starts, Bedding Plants

SPECIALTY ITEMS:  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 YUM YUM peppers and OKRA this week!  


100% GRASS FED & FINISHED GROUND BEEF $6 / lb (save $2 / lb);  Buy 20+ pounds at only $5.60 / lb     30% off
PASTURE RAISED FREEDOM RANGER CHICKEN $5.40 / lb  Whole Bird, Half Bird $6.30 / lb     10% savings

PASTURE & WOODLAND RAISED, FREE RANGE PORK $9 / lb Smoked Polish AND Smoked Green Pepper & Onion Sausage          10% savings

TOMATOES $2 / lb for 10 or more pounds Bulk Red Tomatoes; $3 / lb for 3 or more pounds Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes

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!)
  • Pasture & Woodland Raised, Free Range ** PORK  **
  • 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


Sign up for our 11 week FALL CSA begins in August, with first pickup September 9. Save 10% on MEAT!

10% off purchases of $100 or more!

Hurtgen Meadows Farm

Many of you who have been asking will be glad to know our jams and jellies produced in small batches in our kitchen are back in stock.  We will have our blackberry and apple jelly and strawberry, peach, and sweet onion jam available this week.
On our tables you will find lots of delicious field-grown sun-ripened tomatoes (slicers, cherries, heirlooms, and hybrids).  We will also have green and yellow beans, okra, summer squash, carrots, beets, bell peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant (classic and fairytale), sweet onions, potatoes, leeks and garlic.
Eggs from our happy hens will be available this week.
Come by for a lovely bunch that highlights our dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, statice, and gomphrena.

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 g reens. Green Tomatoes to make your favorite Fried Green Tomato recipe dish. 

Charles & Joan Holeman
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.