As that smell of spring enters the air—that green aroma that makes you want to breathe a little deeper when you step outside—local growers are gearing up for another season of farmers' markets, the first of which begins Saturday, March 24, in Carrboro.
In downtown Raleigh, the Moore Square Farmers' Market that started last summer opens Wednesday, April 4, and continues weekly from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Whole Foods has become a sponsor and will be selling sandwiches and other noshes in addition to crafts, live music and chefs' demonstrations—and, of course, produce.
The Durham Farmers' Market (www.durhamfarmersmarket.com), which has been running all winter on the first and third Saturday mornings at the Central Park School for Children, begins its weekly schedule Saturday, April 7—hopefully in its new, covered marketplace on Foster Street.
But this week's news is the Carrboro Farmers' Market (Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro, www.carrborofarmersmarket.com) which opens for its 29th season featuring radishes, lettuce, watercress, arugula, spinach, kale and collards, turnips, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, farm fresh eggs, cow's milk, goat's milk, cheeses, locally raised meats, cut flowers, baked goods and crafts.
The Saturday market is open through Dec. 22. The Wednesday Carrboro Farmers' Market, also on the Town Commons, opens April 11 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The Southern Village Farmers' Market, Fridays on the Village Green across from the Lumina Theatre, opens May 3, 4-7 p.m.
The Lantern Restaurant (423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 969-8846, www.lanternrestaurant.com) is hosting two local American cheese-makers, Flo Hawley and Portia McKnight of Chapel Hill Creamery, for a six-course menu Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., inspired by their recent trip to the Italian Piedmont. The evening will benefit Slow Food Nation—a festival to promote and reinvigorate America's diverse food traditions in San Francisco, May 1-4, 2008. The dinner will include Chapel Hill Creamery's farmstead cheeses along with their whey-fed pigs and local produce and will be paired with wines from the Italian Piedmont. Hawley and McKnight will discuss their approach to farming, their cheeses and long-term goals. $90 per person, including wine.
There will be a free artist's reception Monday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Panzanella (Carr Mill Mall, facing N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 929-6626, www.panzanella.com) in honor of Richard Kinnaird, whose acrylic paintings and other work have been on display since March 13.
The Grape at Cameron Village (403 Daniels St., Raleigh, 833-2669, www.yourgrape.com) is hosting an Iberian Fusion Wine Dinner Monday, March 26. Five wines will be paired with a four-course menu. Tickets are $50, call to purchase.
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