As the Spring market season begins, we can often find a new-to-the-market vendor or two at our favorite farmers’ market. I subscribe to all the area farmers’ markets email lists (you could say I have a little OCD issue regarding farmers’ markets, I suppose ), so I can keep up with seasonally available items and learn about special events. At the turn of the season, those emails sometimes include announcements about new vendors who have joined the market. Below is a summary of new vendors you’ll find at a few markets this season (though those vendors may already be present at another area market), along side your current favorite market vendors.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market – Opens 7:00 am
New Saturday market vendors will include produce vendor Tiny Farm, speciality baked goods from Imagine That Gluten Free, and Lazy Moon Smoked Fish (that’s right, smoked fish from the North Carolina coast). When the Wednesday market is up and running (April 11th), you’ll find more local fish (tilapia) from Cates Corner Farm, speciality vegetables and eggs from Sweet Pea Farm, and local honey from Just Bee Apiary out of Orange County.
Durham Farmers’ Market – Opens 8:00
Durham Craft Market will return to Foster Street (just across from the pavilion) on Saturdays 8 am – noon, and the Art Market at Vega Metals (just around the corner on Hunt Street) will be open 9 am – 1 pm. Durham Farmers’ Market Wednesday market resumes on April 18th (3:30 – 6:30 pm) with new vendors including Chicken Bridge Bakery and Farmers’ Daughter Pickle & Preserves (you may recognize those vendors if you frequent the Carrboro Farmers’ Market), along with Farm 42 and Melina’s Fresh Pasta. With all those super vendor additions, I may make Wednesday afternoons my new farmers’ market shopping day.
If you hang around the Durham Central Park area, a bit later in the afternoon (2 – 4 pm) on Saturday, you and the kids can enjoy the “gigantic” Easter egg hunt (read more about the fun here).
Western Wake Farmers’ Market – Opens 8:00 am
WWFM welcomes a new cheese vendor in Chapel Hill Creamery and speciality food vendor Two Pounds Mustard. For the pampered pooch in your household, you can now bring home treats from Good Graces Homemade Dog Treats. I purchased a package of treats from Good Graces during last year’s special craft market, and my dog give the treats high marks for both crunch factor and taste.
Eno River Farmers’ Market – Opens 8:00 am
New vendors at this farmers’ market found in downtown Hillsborough include Cedar Grove Windy Hill Farm, Exclusively Fresh (fresh made pasta and baked goods), Golden Age Bakery (featuring baked goods using Lindley Mill flour, Maple View butter, organic eggs and sugar), Intimate Boutique Beauty (hand-crafted soaps), Sweet Pea Farm (found in Hurdle Mills), Tempeh Girl (featuring traditionally crafted, double fermented tempeh), and The Village Baker.
If you’re not traveling out of the area this weekend, stop by your local farmers’ market on Saturday for fresh supplies to incorporate in your Easter feasts. Asparagus, beets, carrots, greens and lettuce are plentiful and easy to incorporate in your menu, as are fresh strawberries for dessert. If you’re so inclined to serve a tasty beverage along with your meal, stop in your local wine shop for a perfect-pairing recommendation.
One more reminder, before we all run off for the weekend, April 28th & 29th is THE big farm tour weekend for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 2012 Piedmont Farm Tour. Have you got your tour button yet? 40 farms (including 8 new farms) for just $25 per car load makes for a fun afternoon in the countryside with family and friends. Just sayin’.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and thanks, as always, for keeping it local!