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Durham Farmers’ Market opens later this month

Durham Farmers’ Market opens later this month

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Durham’s 10th annual Farmers Market will open later this month, featuring fresh produce, live music and fun foods.

New Market Master Jon Scagnelli said 10 years is a special milestone for the market, which will open on Thursday, May 16, on the town green. It will run every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. until Sept. 12, except July 4.

About eight vendors are lined up, and Scagnelli is looking for more. All vendors are Connecticut based and as local as possible.

“The goal of the farmers market really is to provide fresh, local, Connecticut ingredients to our patrons,” Scagnelli said.

Returning favorites include Dondero Orchards and Starlight Gardens, along with Sweet Sage Bakery and Pisgah Mountain Primitives’s kettle corn. Chet’s Italian Ice will also be back.

There will also be some new faces and foods, like Andie’s Cookies, made with natural ingredients, and a new food truck called Food Extrovert, which will serve items like grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and vegetarian beet sliders.

Chatfield Hollow Farms of Killingworth will be set up for the first time this year as well. The farm grows a wide variety of mushrooms, all herbicide and pesticide-free, all edible, and some medicinal. Some are foraged, some are grown on logs. They participate in about seven seasonal markets across the region.

“Often we’ll have a line at our table before the market opens,” said owner Ken Metz. “People are just really starting to really get into mushrooms and starting to cook with them.”

Opening day of the market will include live music from Quinn Miller, a Higganum-based musician. As bands and artists are scheduled for the rest of the summer, updates will be posted on Durham Farmers Market Facebook page. 

The library will continue offering an all-ages storytime at 5 p.m. each week. 

Scagenelli hopes to add a full list of vendors to the Farmers Market website and said he is working to improve parking for all patrons.
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