Have you hugged your farmer this week?

Visit your favorite farmers market this weekend and give those folks growing the goodies extra smiles – it’s National Farmers Market Week (so proclaimed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

I always arrive home from a trip to the State Farmers Market in Raleigh with way more vegetables than you’d think two carnivores could consume. But the Neon eggplant is such a gorgeous violet (purple is my favorite color). Just one more quart of blueberries for the freezer. And stacks of fresh corn as high an an elephant’s eye.

There are so many markets now, and that’s wonderful. The Western Wake Farmers Market at Carpenter Village is new this year, with more than 30 vendors offering locally produced goods for residents of Morrisville and western Cary. On Saturday, Chef Sarig Agasi of Raleigh’s Zely & Ritz restaurant will offer gazpacho samples. The market’s open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, so don’t sleep in.

If you’re looking for empanadas of a different filling, visit the Durham Farmers Market and look for Scratch Baking. And pie. ‘Nuff said.

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2 Responses to “Have you hugged your farmer this week?”

  • Comment from Mary

    Yes! Come to the Durham Farmer’s Market and hug me! Scratch is truly worth the effort to get there. Buy some goat cheese too!

  • Comment from Debbie

    Most definitely, have some of my friend Mary’s lovely goat cheese from Celebrity Dairy!

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