Durham Farmers' Market Proudly Accepts SNAP!
The Market is now able to accept SNAP benefits. Customers who are interested in using their SNAP benefits can come to the Market's Info Table (at the center of the Pavilion) to swipe their cards and receive tokens to shop around the Market. If you have questions, please email Jenny.
Double Bucks Program The Market is currently in the process of raising money to create a Double Bucks Program. With this program, the Market will be able to match SNAP benefits up to $10 per customer in order stretch SNAP benefits a little further at the Market.
Our fiscal partner for the Double Bucks Program is RAFI, the Rural Advancement Foundation International. All donations to the Double Bucks Program are tax deductible. If you are interested in making a contribution, you can DONATE HERE.
Upcoming Market Events
Wednesday July 16th, 3:30pm-6:00pm: Tomato Tasting Day
Come and taste over 50 varieties of tomatoes, all grown by Durham Farmers' Market farmers in the Piedmont of NC.
Saturday July 19th, 8:30am-Noon: ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING!
Come and taste over 50 varieties of tomatoes, all grown by Durham Farmers' Market farmers in the Piedmont of NC. Vote for your favorite variety and learn some tomato trivia!
Wednesday July 23, 3:30pm Chef in the Market - Jason Smith Harvest 18
Saturday July 26th, 10am: Canning Demonstration and Tasting with Andrea Weigl
Andrea Weigl, author of Pickles and Preserves will be at the Market to talk about canning and sampling recipes from her new book.
Saturday August 2nd, 10am: Chef in the Market - Ben Adams Piedmont Restaurant
Wednesday August 6th, 3:30pm: Chef in the Market - Matt Lardie Matt will make a simple dish that features the freshest market ingredients. Stop by for a recipe and a taste!
Durham HomeFries Cookin' Team
The Durham HomeFries Cookin' Team is a class for kids age 9-13 who want to learn to cook with local food! The HomeFries meet the 2nd Saturday of the month from June-September on the central Market lawn under the big tent. Classes are led by different local cooking instructors and chefs who teach the kids how to shop for local ingredients, follow recipes, and basic cooking techniques, while having lots of fun in the process!
2014 Homefries Schedule
Saturday, June 14th Chef Dorette Snover from C'est Si Bon Cooking School Chef Dorette will be teaching the kids how to make Raw Zucchini Noodles!
Saturday, July 12th>Susan Sink, Tarheel FoodieSusan and the kids will be making several recipes that feature melons. To register your child, click HERE
Saturday, August 9th TBA
Saturday, September 13th Susan Sink, Tarheel Foodie
Classes start at 9:30am sharp on the second Saturday of the month during the summer. The classes will meet on the Central Lawn area of the Durham Farmers’ Market under the big tent. For more information about the class or to sign up your child, please email Erin.
Past teachers include Seth & Cece from Bull City Burger & Brewery, Chef Al and Students from The Art Institute of Durham's Culinary School, Chef Chuck Hayworth from Worth It Cafe, Marco Shaw from Piedmont, Phoebe Lawless from Scratch, Justin Rakes from Four Square Restaurant, Seth and Craig from Wine Authorities, Chef Aaron Vandemark from Panciuto and Fletch and Summer from Locopops!
Follow the Home Fries on their blog: durhamhomefries.tumblr.com
Annual Chef Challenge
Every fall, the Durham Farmers' Market hosts its annual Chef Challenge. Each year, 3 local chefs compete for the title of Chef Challenge Champ! On the morning of the challenge, the secret ingredient that they must cook with and feature in their dishes is revealed, then the chefs shop the market for the rest of their ingredients and the cooking begins!
Last year, on October 5th, Chefs Katie Coleman of Durham Spirits Co., Mike Hacker of Pie Pushers, and Justin Rakes of Salted Pig took the challenge. Their secret ingredient was eggplant. The panel of judges tasted all of their creations and named Justin Rakes the 2013 Chef Champ. Mike Hacker won the Peoples Choice Award.
Details about the 2014 Chef Challenge will be posted later in the summer.
Past Chef Challenge Champs
2013 Chef Champ: Justin Rakes, Salted Pig
2012 Chef Champ: Billy Cotter, Toast
2011 Chef Champ: Billy Cotter, Toast
2010 Chef Champ: Billy Cotter, Toast
Past Chef Challenge Participants include Dave Alworth of Guglhupf Bakery, Patisserie and Cafe, Andy Magowan of Geer Street Garden, Christy Quirk of Bull Street Gourmet and Market, Justin Rakes of Four Square Restaurant, Chris Stinnett of Pop's, and Aaron Vandemark of Pancuito.
Our members are farmers, bakers, artisans, cheese makers, vintners, and crafters who travel twice a week to the Durham Central Park Pavilion to bring high quality food and crafts to our customers. We work to sustain the connection between growers, prepares, and eaters and to sustain the land, the environment, our businesses, and our community.
Currently, DFM is focusing on:
-Community education—events, cooking classes, demonstrations
-Raising the awareness of the market among the public, and
-Providing local, high quality food to a more diverse population
Come to the market. Bring a friend. Participate in Food Share. Volunteer. Help us create a dynamic community at the heart of Durham!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why shop at the Durham Farmers’ Market? Oh, there are lots of reasons .
To see what’s in season, check out our Produce Calendar.
Saturdays 8am to noon, April through November
Saturdays 10am to noon, December through March
Wednesdays 3:30 to 6:30pm, Mid-April through Mid-October