Farm Fresh Food and Community


Author: Jen Snider

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After market meal, thanks to Sassafras Fork (ranunculus flowers), MamaSpring (pea shoots), Down 2 Earth Farms (asparagus is hiding in there), Dig It Farm (arugula) and Parker Farm and Vineyard (green onions).

After market meal, thanks to Sassafras Fork (ranunculus flowers), MamaSpring (pea shoots), Down 2 Earth Farms (asparagus is hiding in there), Dig It Farm (arugula) and Parker Farm and Vineyard (green onions).

I have a bright, shining love that’s always alight for the farmers and sustainable farming advocates and educators of the world. Our farmers are nothing less than the talented, committed, resourceful and incredibly hard working people who week after week connect us with the healthiest food around.

We’ll be visiting area farmers markets nearly every week this year to meet new friends and allies as we all build toward healthier futures.

This week I kicked off our visiting scheduling at South Durham Farmers Market on a chilly, off-and-on-rainy morning. Locals in the area, if you haven’t yet visited, I hope you’ll head over there this week. You’re sure to find what I found – delightful people selling products so healthy and pleasing you’ll be smiling for the rest of the day. Here are a few snapshots from SDFM. Hope you’ll enjoy and connect with the farmers and community innovators in your area!

Grow Well Farm Table If you stopped by and grabbed one of our new health inspiration cards or just said hello, I’m so glad. Thank you! Our team, with help from the wonderful Debb Hepp (check out her work), has been chipping away at designing our banner and printing these love notes to our community for the last month or so (meditations, movement, recipes, inspirations). We hope they’ll inspire some gentle health in your kitchen, at your desk or anywhere else in your life you’d like to use them as a reminder.

Beautiful Plants and Veggies (and Terrific People)

Dig it Farm

Dave at Dig It Farm

Sassafrass Fork

Sassafras Fork Farm with Stephanie and Mike

Bushy Tail Farm

Liz at Bushy Tail Farm

Spring onions - Parker Family Farm

Spring onions from Ashley at Parker Family Farm and Vinyard

Down 2 Earth Farm

Plants and beautiful veggies from Cecilia at Down 2 Earth Farms

Greens at MamaSprings

MamaSprings Farm

Sassafras Fork Flower display

Sassafras Fork Flowers

A Few Shots for the Meat Eaters

Bull City Farm meat chart

Samantha at Bull City Farm (Animal Welfare approved) Educating people in how to eat healthy, well-tended animals and eggs.

Fickle Creek Farm

Mary at Fickle Creek Farm (Ben and Noah are leaders in our area’s sustainable farming community)

Health Advocates and Entrepreneurs

Farmer Foodshare (connecting people who grow food with people who need food-  AWESOME)

Cooking club

Community Cooking Club (showcasing delicious bamboo!)

SDFM Gale's morning glory muffins

Gale of Gale’s Gluten Free Muffins was one of my favorite people to meet at the market!

Worm compost - Our Worms Our Compost

New Soil demonstrating the difference worm compost can make (robust tomato plant on the left!).

Fillaree soaps and stuff

Amanda with Flillaree. Fun, local and amazing smelling soaps, cleaners, skin products and more! (I bought beer soap for a friend!)

Good Fun!

Play area

Fun and popular play station.

SDFM t-shirt

Agreed about the superpowers.

SDFM sign

And thanks to South Durham Farmers Market for being my community and helping me kick off our farmers market outreach with such joy.


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