So, we’ve been on the road 3 days, in Durham 2, and boy are we tired. However, we’ve set ourselves to do at least one cool Durham thing a day. Tuesday, our first day here, Jess showed me the Duke campus and, let me tell you, I felt like I was in England, or at Hogwarts, or both. That place is lovely, especially to a romantic little artist poet like myself. Sooner or later I’ll get to get out of the library archives and sit outside and draw some of the beautiful old campus buildings. Be on the lookout, but probably on the art blog I have, jrocketibanez.com.
Today we stopped by the Durham Farmer’s Market, on Foster St. downtown, on the way home. The cool thing about the market is that it goes on twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the Saturday market being the bigger one but the Wednesday market being quite lovely. They have 67 vendors, all within a 70 mile radius of the city, so it is uber local. They’re open year round, have a market cooking teaching series, and even an annual chef’s challenge. Now, Jess’s approach to any farmer’s market is to walk through, twice, and then the third time do the shopping. Today, we might have gone more than twice, just to take everything in. But we did do some shopping. Let me tell you a bit about the places we got some things from, and one we were about to.
We got some beets and fennel at Everlaughter Farm. In their own words: “Ever Laughter Farm began in 2008 as a collaboration between Will Cramer and Sam Hummel. Today, it is a small, diversified farm that uses sustainable methods to grow a wide variety of vegetables for market year-round. Heritage breed hogs and laying hens are also raised as part of a rotational system that tries to produce many of the farm’s organic fertilizer inputs naturally and on-site. We hope you will come visit us at one of the markets we attend, or visit the farm during one of our farm events. You can ensure you hear about events at Ever Laughter bysubscribing to our weekly newsletter.”
We then stopped over at Chapel Hill Creamery and got a wonderful brie-type cheese that, I have to admit, we’re really fighting to eat completely right now. I just have one thing to say to illustrate how cool they are: the cheese they were selling today, at least some of them, was made today from a cow they milked in the last few days. I’m not kidding. Isn’t that neat?!
The other thing we got, which we really can’t help but devour, is an Olive Boule from Loaf, a local bakery. They just opened a store front recently, apparently, and are amazing. Rustic brick oven breads and pastries, absolutely amazing. We were seriously missing our Gainesville locally baked breads from Vine Bread and Pasta, Flour Pot Bakery, and Uppercrust Bakery, but boy are we excited to enjoy some of Loaf’s amazing breads while we’re here. We’re also super looking forward to trying some of Chicken Bridge Bakery’s breads, which we are saving for Saturday. We tried a fennel bread which we almost died about.
So we are super excited about the Durham local scene, and super excited to be able to use our travels to scout out local, sustainable culture scenes from where we’re going to tell everyone about. Durham, from what I’ve seen, is a place to be if you have any interest in a community that values locally and independently made foods, supporting your community, and working together to have a culture rich with art, love and tasty food. Go check out the Durham Farmer’s Market website, and check out the page they have devoted, in their words, to people they like. Some neat recourses there.
See you around!