Easter Egg Hunt at Market

                     

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail. Hippity Hoppity!  Hop on in to market and bring your baskets.  While you fill your basket with goodies to make Easter dinner and dinner all week long a healthy treat, the kids can find a few hidden Easter Eggs around market filled with treats!*

*Please note this is a very low key Easter Egg hunt and not intended for mobs of kids.

The weather is finally starting to warm up and stay warm.  With that comes a lot more fresh, local produce.  Look at some of the goodies from last week:

  

These photos are from our Instagram page.  You can link to our Instagram and follow the photo journal of the market season.

This Saturday we will be entertained by the Celtic Mariners a traditional band that plays music of Cape Breton, Ireland, Scotland, and other celtic regions.  The band takes its name from the Maritime Provinces of Canada and from the strong Celtic tradition in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  The band members are:  Alison Arnold (wooden Flute, tin whistle), Trish Hornick (fiddle), Julie Gorka (Celtic harp, piano/keyboard), and Gordon Arnold (cello, cittern).

  Congratulations to our 3 market bucks raffle winners!

Now you can be a friend of the market!  Your favorite farmers’ market is a non profit organization and is seeking monetary donations to help fully realize our mission.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation please click here to donate.  Of course we also gladly accept cash donations at the information table.

Please consider volunteering your time and talents to the market.  This is an awesome way to give to the market.  To see a list of our volunteering needs, please click here to see our Volunteer At Market page.  

We’re really looking forward to being at the 4/24 “What’s On Your Plate?” film screening brought to you Advocates for Health in Action at the new Cary Theater!  Stop by and visit our booth before the film and discussion, then take home a $5 Market Bucks coupon you can use at the market!  Seating is free, but limited so reserve your ticket- click here!

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2014 Season in Full Swing!

Opening day was a great success!  You can read a recap about opening day here.  We must not lose momentum!  Market runs through November and we’d like to continue to see extraordinary turn out each week!

Here are a couple of pictures of the goodies from opening day.

    

Doesn’t that make your mouth water?

This week at market we will have a guest table for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.  This organization is a strong supporter of local farmers and farmers’ markets.  They will be providing information about their 19th Annual Piedmont Farm Tours April 26th and 27th.  If you haven’t done the farm tours, it is an awesome opportunity to see real working farms and truly connect with your farmer and your food.  Our very own Coon Rock Farms will be participating so sign up and stop by Coon Rock Farms to say Thank You for joining our market.

Cole Koffi will be performing at market this week.  Cole is a French pianist/vocalist. Originally a classically-trained pianist, Cole plays the piano/keyboard and sings in French (his first language), English, Spanish, Italian, and French Creole. He specializes in French chansons from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, and well known Edith Piaf songs. Also songs by Charles Trenet, Dalida, Joe Dassin, Garou, Moustaki, Guy Beart, and Nana Mouskouri. Songs about the beauty of Paris, about Love, and some very old popular traditional songs.

We are proud to be partnering with Farmer Foodshare this year at market.  The Donation Station will be located next to the CDFM Information Table.  This is a wonderful non-profit organization that collects food and monetary donations.  Any monetary donations are spent directly at market on fresh foods.  Farmer Foodshare works with a local charity to distribute food directly to the food insecure.

If you missed the April 9th screening of “What’s On Your Plate” brought to you by Advocates for Health in Action, there’s another opportunity.  You can catch this family-friendly documentary about where food comes from and how what we eat affects our health on April 24th at 7 p.m.  While the show is free, you must reserve a ticket.  You can do that here.  At the screening you will receive a flyer that offers $5 in market bucks.  Be sure to reserve your seat today.

Congratulations to Ted Boyd who won the CDFM T-shirt for sharing and liking all of our Facebook posts and Twitter feeds.  We appreciate all of Ted’s support.

Also, congratulations to Jane Womack, Jeff Mazza, and Laura Katz.  These three are the lucky raffle winners, each to receive $10 in market bucks.  If you see them at market, be sure to say congratulations… or become friends with them so they’ll share the wealth.  :)

We are in desperate need of volunteers.  We need people both regularly and intermittently.  You can see an extensive list of volunteer needs here.  If you think you can help, please stop by the information table to discuss how to put your talents to good use for our non-profit organization or send an email to manager@caryfarmersmarket.com.


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I Love Our Little Market

Yesterday was Opening Day and I think overall it was a great success.  Our new location was a big hit with both vendors and customers alike.  We were a full house yesterday with 16 vendors on site and a customer count of almost 500!  There was a lot of traffic going down Chatham St. and people were definitely trying to see what was going on.  I can’t wait until we get some signage up!

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Mayor Harold Weinbrecht came and officially declared our 2014 season open.  His short words on health and fitness and the importance of eating healthy and local were on point and we greatly appreciate him coming out.  I’d like to see the Mayor in attendance at our market more often just to shop, but more importantly to show his support for the market.  Perhaps having Fortnight Brewing as a vendor will help… I hear he’s a beer geek.  :)

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Our vendor turn out this Saturday was really great.  We had many returning vendors this season including Spahr’s Produce Farms, Parker Farm & Vineyard, Custom Confections, and Mind Your Own Beeswax just to name a few.  We also had some new vendors.  Good Grace’s Dog Treats was very well received.  Every dog in Cary, it seemed, was dragging its owner over to Good Grace’s table.  There were some very happy pups at market.  Good Grace’s had a beautiful display too.

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As I already mentioned, Fortnight Brewery was in attendance yesterday.  They are new to our market and new to Cary.  When I met with Fortnight they said something that really hit home with me- they are the only *CARY* brewery.  This struck a chord with me because it seems like I say that we are the *CARY Downtown Farmers’ Market* a lot.  Yes, there are three markets in Cary, and each market is a good market and has unique and wonderful things to offer, but I feel it’s important to remember that when it comes to supporting Cary- Cary businesses, Cary residents, Cary life- we are fully committed to that end, as is Fortnight Brewery.

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Coon Rock Farms and Queen B Farms are also new vendors that were in attendance this Saturday.  I’m excited to say they both have a variety of meats to offer.  I was impressed with Coon Rock’s cooked sausage and their overall display.  Queen B has turkeys which is exciting because I always have a big Thanksgiving Day family blow out and this year I can get a turkey from someone I know and trust.

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We are really happy that The Cultured Cow Creamery came back this season with their variety of cheeses, and we are ecstatic to have added Paradox Farm Creamery with their goats cheese products.  I’d never had goats cheese, but it was really good.  Plus, they had the cutest little goat statue on their table.  I don’t know why that amused me.  I wonder if customers were as amused.

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The new Cary downtown manager, Ted Boyd, was at market with his daughter, a real cutie (the daughter, not the manager… I mean, he’s ok, but… oh.  nevermind.)  Anyway, Ted was very much an integral part of our securing the new location.  He’s also been a huge asset to us as far as knowledge and understanding about markets and how they work and marketing.  Ted won our CDFM t-shirt for sharing all of our Facebook posts and Twitter feeds.  (I will refrain from discussing the frustrations of learning this whole social media thing.)  I think even if he hadn’t been so very proactive in our social media realm, we owed him a t-shirt just for all he’s done for us so far.  I’m really pleased with the positive relationship I think we’re building with Ted and the Town of Cary.

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I’m going to leave you with a bunch of pics of the highlights of yesterday.  After months of prepping and hard work it was really nice to see opening day really come together and be a success.  I had a very brief moment around 11:00 a.m. to sit back and just watch the bustling activity of market.  The vendors talking with customers, the kids getting their faces painted, the families enjoying a hot cross bun or cinnamon roll and coffee, the pirates being truly entertaining…  the cool spring air showing signs of the blooming plants and fresh season to come.  I smiled and realized that I love my vendors.  I love our customers.  I love our town.  I love our little market.

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Opening Day 2014

Opening Day is Finally Here!

If you don’t already know, Opening Day is finally here!  We’ve emailed, Facebooked, Twittered, snail-mailed, hung posters, put out cards, and talked, talked, talked.  Hopefully we’ve gotten the news out there that this Saturday April 5th is opening day at the Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market.

To help us celebrate, we have invited several special guests including Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and new town manager Ted Boyd.  Both gentlemen should be at market to welcome our new season around 9 a.m.

The Motley Tones singing Pirates will be at market performing.  If you haven’t seen them play, you should come check them out.  They begin with a pirate parade and continue with engaging and fun pirate songs that make children of all ages smile.  Here is Ed Gawf smiling at last year’s opening day:

We are also excited to have ABC123 Face Painting with us to celebrate opening day.  Last season ABC123 was with us for our Back to School market and she did such an awesome job on the faces of our little (and some big) marketers.  Celebrate market with a new fun look… or just let your little ones.

 As if this is all not good enough… let’s talk about the vendors this season!  We have such an awesome lineup of vendors this season.  A lot of great returning vendors like Spahr Produce FarmsParker Farm & VineyardAnnelore’s German Bakery, and Bethesda Roasting Company will be in attendance this season.  We’ve also been blessed to bring in some new vendors that we are very excited about like Good Grace’s Dog TreatsParadox Farm Creamery, and Coon Rock Farms.

In an effort to work with local businesses and continue being an integral part of the Cary community we are very excited to have Fortnight Brewery as a vendor this season.  Fortnight Brewery is a new business in Cary- the only brewery in Cary- and is committed to supporting the local community.

If you’re not excited about this season yet, check out our newly designed website to read about the other vendors that will be at market as well as the exciting events planned for each week.  Check in regularly because we will be updating to include all of the fun!

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The Final Countdown

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter then you already know about all of the farms we’ve been inspecting to gear up for the 2014 season.  These farm inspections have been a lot of fun for us.  Not only have we gotten the chance to see our farmers in action, but we’ve had the opportunity to really spend some time talking with our farmers, meeting their families and solidifying what our market is really all about:  supporting the small family farmer.

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We’ve worked all winter long to make our market the best experience we can.  This year we have a wonderful assortment of fresh produce.  Tomatoes, spinach, kale, corn, pole beans, peas, okra, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, strawberries, peaches, pumpkins, watermelon,… the list goes on… and on… and on.  But that’s not all.  We have been able to bring in two new vendors that we are very excited about.  Coon Rock Farms and Queen B Farms have wonderful assortments of meats- all pasture and ethically raised.

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If lots of produce and a wide assortment of meats isn’t enough to entice you to come out to market, perhaps you are cheesy.  That’s right.  Cheesy.  We have two cheese vendors this season- Cultured Cow Creamery is returning with their assortment of cow cheese and Paradox Farms is joining us this season with their wonderful goat cheese.  Mmmmm…. cheese.

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While we are a farmers’ market and our focus is clearly the farms, let’s not forget our other wonderful vendors:  Bethesda Coffee, Annelore’s German Bakery, Custom Confections, 8PM Beauty, Donna Walker’s Recycled Totes and Beeswax Candles, and Eun Young’s Pottery.

Yep.  This season is definitely going to be a good one.  See you next week!

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