August 15, 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
Flat River Farm & Nursery
Fickle Creek Farm
Hurtgen Meadows
Boxcarr 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 
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!


















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August is half way done and it seems like the month has flown by! School is starting back up and the last few weeks of summer are ready to be enjoyed.

At the market, we have been busy preparing our last couple of Sprouts Club activities and gearing up for Fall kid's activities and Saturday morning events. We are so excited to share all of our hard work with you!

Our Sprouts Club meeting this week will be hosted by market friend Chris Apple. Chris will be sharing a fun activity about seeds and every kid that participates will receive $3 to spend at market when the activity is completed.

There are just a few spots left for our last Homefries class of the year on Saturday, August 18! Homefries cooking class is for kids ages 8 -13 and meets from 9:30 to 11. Sign up here!

See you this afternoon!

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Missives from a Market Farmer: 
Eating Grass-Corn 
   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.
Corn or maize is a member of Poaceae, the grass family. Since the dawn of agriculture, cereal grasses or grains have been staple foods for large populations of humans. The cereal grasses include barley, rye, oats, rice, wheat, sorghum, and sugar cane, as well as maize or corn.  In British English, corn denotes either 1) maize or 2) any of the cereal grains. In particular, it denotes the dominant staple grain in a specific region and could be wheat in one part of Britain or barley in another. In British English translations of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts, corn denotes grain in general. In North American English, corn = maize. 

Corn is part the iconic trio of mutually beneficial companion plants known as the Three Sisters (maize, beans, and winter squash). This combination was grown for centuries by Native Americans. The corn stalk supports the twining, climbing beans; the beans fix nitrogen for all three crops; and the large-leafed vines of the squash plant shade out weeds. 

Corn or maize is a grown worldwide and is the preferred staple crop in Latin America and Africa. (Staple crops are the ones that provide the most calories and include grains and starches, such as, potatoes, manioc, yams, and so.) Corn originated in the Americas and was introduced in Africa and Asia in the 1500s and 1600s. For years it was a staple food in Central Europe where it was used to feed slaves and lower-class workers. 

In the 20 th century, the production of corn increased rapidly. In Africa it replaced rice and sorghum as the preferred staple because it adapts well to various climates and because agronomic breeding and fertilization programs have increased yields per acre. Of the three major grains grown worldwide, namely, wheat, rice, and corn, corn is the only one for which the majority of the production is not directly consumed by humans. Humans consume some 20% of the maize production; animals consume approximately two thirds, and the remainder is used in manufactured food and no-food products. The highest per capita intake of maize is in Central America-Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras-where it is eaten as tortillas. In Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia it is also a staple but is eaten as a porridge. 
In honor of its exalted place in Latin American cuisine, here are two recipes for Elotes, that is, Corn-o-the-Cob.  In Mexico, street-vendors impale the boiled cob vertically on a stick, slather it with a chili mayo sauce, and sell it to customers who eat it while walking down the street.

Elote (Corn-on-The-Cob) Recipes 
Servings: Allow one or two ears per person
Elote Natural
Trim shucks but do not remove. Boil un-shucked corn in salted water for 20 minutes.  Pour water off and let cool.  Pull shucks down to serve as a handle. Add more salt or a combination of salt and chili powder.  Eat with your hand grabbing the shuck-handle.
Elote with Chili Mayo Sauce
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoon lime juice (optional)
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoons chili pepper
¼ teaspoons ground red pepper
¼ teaspoons cumin
Spread sauce on cooked ears of corn-on-the-cob. If you want to, you can impale it on a skewer and stroll through your neighborhood. Rumors will spread. 

Upcoming Market Events

Wednesday, August 15
  • Sprouts Kid's Club meets throughout the entire market! Join us when you stop by to shop and every kid gets $3 to spend on fruit and veggies at the market when they are finished with the activity!  
Saturday, August 18
  • Join us for the last Homefries class of the summer! Homefries cooking class is for kids 8 - 13. Sign up here!

Fresh this Week  

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

FRUIT:  Peaches, Watermelons,  Blueberries,  Blackberries, Cantaloupe


MEATS AND EGGS:  Pork, Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Bison, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Duck Eggs, Chicken Eggs


SPECIALTY ITEMS: Ice Cream,  Baked Goods including Pies, Breads, Cookies, Pastries, Jams, Jellies, and more!

Produce availability depends on weather conditions.
Flat River Farm & Nursery

We will have lots of Field Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Beit Alpha Cucumbers, Herbs, Hanging Baskets and Potted Plants, Green Tomatoes, Sungolds  and Juliets.  See you at the market!

Charles & Joan Holeman
Fickle Creek Farm

Please pre-order here by **11 am** and we will hold your order at market until 5.30 pm!.

Fickle Creek Farm at Market AUGUST 15...
FRESH THIS WEEK: Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grass Fed BEEF
Early orders filled first!
AUGUST Specials - Pre-order Only!
**Pasture & Woodland Raised, Free Range Pork
Bacon Ends now 33% Off at $6 per pound
Bone In Pork Loin Chops, $2 off any double pack of pork chops 
Pre-order all standard cuts of beef, chicken, and pork using this  simple order web link!

  • Pasture & Woodland Raised, Free Range ** PORK  **
  • 100% Grass Fed & Finished, Pasture Raised ** LAMB & MUTTON ** (never fed any grain)
  • Free Range, Pasture Raised ** CHICKEN ** fed only Non-GMO Feed
  • 100% Grass Fed and Grass Finished, Pasture Raised ** BEEF ** (never fed any grain!)
  • Deli Meats: Bologna (Pork or Beef), Salami (Pork & Beef), Pate, Roast Beef
  • Free Range and Pastured Hen Eggs
  • No Nitrate Beef Snack Sticks & Bites (Mild, Hot, or Sweet) & Jerky
  • Soup, Stew, & Stock Ingredients
  • Never Sprayed Produce
10% off purchases of $100 or more!  
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Hurtgen Meadows

We will be bringing a variety of cherry and slicing tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, eggplant (classic and fairy tale), sweet onions, and garlic.
Hurtgen Meadows Farm will be bringing basil starts to refresh your summer garden for the fall.  We'll also have large potted herbs including rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano and lemon balm (natural mosquito repellent).  Plant these perennials now for use throughout the upcoming months.
We will have limelight hydrangeas by the stem.
Current varieties available include peach, 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!
Boxcarr Handmade Cheese

We are a small, family-operated creamery in Cedar Grove. We make Italian / European-inspired, Cow & Goat-milk cheeses. We hand-craft all our artisan cheeses, packing each with love.

Come taste all of our delicious cheeses including:  Freshen(cow milk) Pimento, Herb Garlic, and Chive flavored;  Cottonbell (cow milk) bloomy-rind cheese;  Cottonseed (cow+goat milk) award winning, bloomy-rind cheese;  Campo (cow milk) lightly smoked, melt-able fan favorite;  Rocket's Robiola (cow milk) award winning, decadent, and ash ripened;  Lissome (cow milk) milder take on a beer washed Taleggio;  Nimble (cow+goat milk) beer washed;  Winsome (cow+goat milk) aged, bees wax dipped; Occasionally we bring  Weanling Button (cow+goat milk) chive and geo.

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, Samantha, Alessandra & Dani

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.