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April through November

Eclipse Day is Coming!

As I'm sure you've heard, we're in for a pretty exciting event next Monday, August 21.  A total solar eclipse will cross the United States for the first time since 1979 (and the first time since 1970 in the Carolinas).  So, if you remember the 70s, you know it's not quite a once-in-a-lifetime event, but it's still pretty darn special!  Thrice-in-a-lifetime, maybe... there will be another one in 2024.  

The eclipse's "path of totality," where you can watch the moon's shadow sweep across the ground and completely block the sun for nearly three minutes, crosses the very western part of our state this time.  Gorges State Park, in Transylvania County, will be hosting special events all day.  (Sidenote: I highly recommend Gorges for hiking and waterfall-viewing -- it's spectacular!)

In our area, the eclipse will only be partial (90-95%), so you'll need a pair of "eclipse glasses" to view it safely.  These are strong solar filters, approved for direct viewing of the sun.  If you haven't already purchased a pair, Chatham County libraries will have some available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event.  Don't just stare at the sun in regular sunglasses -- you'll damage your eyes.  And you need to keep those eyes in good working order, so you can continue to come see us at market every Tuesday!

Kristen

This Week's Featured Vendors

Angelina's Kitchen

Hello wonderful Fearrington Market supporters :) 
 
August 15 is a HUGE holiday in Greece.  The religious are celebrating the dormition of the Virgin Mary. The not-so-religious still get in on the celebrations! 😎  Athens is a ghost town and all the islands and villages are full.  One thing is certain, the Greeks still love to party no matter what the political and economic conditions present!
 
Our menu this week will include the very popular Rosiki Salata, our version of the delicious Russian potato salad.  We'll also have fresh-baked mushroom moussaka and vegetarian shepherd's pie.  Easy to take home and enjoy for dinner!
 
We'll have a few avgolemono and lentil soup.  Also going to bring a few xortopita and greens bake for the regulars.
 
And finally - there will be a few key lime pies.  
 
Thank you so much for your ongoing support - we appreciate it!
 
Barbara, Becca and Angelina
 
Cane Creek Farms will be at market with red tomatoes, German Johnson, Yellow Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, an assortment of cherry tomatoes, okra, eggplant, a variety of peppers, Roma tomatoes, butternut squash, yellow squash, zucchini, cukes, sunflower sprouts, pea shoots, eggs, ground beef, pork chops, bratwurst, honey barbecue links, hot and mild breakfast sausage, bacon, and whole chickens!
 
Chatham Cider Works will be at market this week with small-batch, unfiltered hard cider made from North Carolina apples!  The cider is naturally sparkling through bottle fermentation, and is dry with an alcohol content between 9 and 10 percent.
 
Cool Springs Farm will be there!  We will have watermelon, cantaloupe, okra, assorted squash, Asian eggplant, garlic (hard and soft neck), Sweet 100 tomatoes, and the last of our figs for this year.
 
Gramma D will be at market Tuesday with all your sweets and treats.  We will also have FIGS.  See you there!!
 
Heartstrong Farm will be there with a few melons, eggplant, hot peppers, delicata squash, and tulsi and Thai basil.
 
Paradox Farm Creamery will have our seasonal flavor of Sundried Tomato.  Also our Feta is still on sale for $2 off!  Oh!... and I'll have a few of our aged Southern Comfort cheeses to delight your taste buds!
 
Peaceful River Farm

This week we'll have heirloom tomatoes -- Brandywine and Cherokee Purple and Red Slicers along with basil for a great summer dish. Also, we'll have Squash -- Zucchini, Zephyr (banded), and yellow; Okra -- a mix of red and green; Eggplant -- Italian bell-shaped and long Asian; Peppers -- Shishito, Banana, Carmen Italian Roasting, Poblano, and Bell;  Red Beets; Slicing Cucumbers; and "Candy" Yellow Onions.

Our Fall farm dinners and healthy cooking classes are posted on our website where you can directly register: peacefulriver.farm  On September 28th Lee leads a class on "Mediterranean Cooking for Joint Health," and on October 1st Executive Chef Cate Smith, back by popular demand, prepares our first farm dinner of the season.

Larry and Lee Newlin
 
Perry-winkle Farm
 
Michael and I want to thank those loyal customers who braved the rain last week to support the market and its farmers.  It is always so validating to see folks and hear them thank us for coming out in the rain as well -- thank you.   
 
A new bed of arugula is ready for harvesting, so we plan to have a full cooler for market this week.  We will have more eggplant, both oriental and globe varieties. There will be 6 different varieties of potatoes -- let us know which ones are your favorite.
 
We will have a cooler full of frozen Freedom Ranger chicken; we will have whole birds and all of your favorite cuts.  These birds are raised on pasture so they get plenty of exercise which means they develop great flavor.  They get moved every day to ensure they have fresh forage and a clean environment.  We will also have some eggs -- Jumbo, Large, Mediums and Pullet-sized.  
 
Look for a bucket of zinnias, bunches of sunflowers and celosia this week along with a rack full of colorful mixed bouquets.  Plan on taking home some "local color" this week.
 
gratefully,
Mike Perry and Cathy Jones
Growing for our neighbors since 1991
 

Poverty Hollow Farm Kitchen

We will be at the market this week with sourdough bread, pumpernickel bread, and focaccia. The sweet breads are undecided but there will be pound cake, and of course big cookies. The stock of jams and pickles continues to grow. New this week is blackberry jelly and apple butter.

See you all Tuesday,
Joan and Ellie 919 742-5442
 
Red Roots Farm will be at market this week with Shishito frying peppers, green Italian sweet peppers, fresh basil, and red onions.
 
Sweet Flowers and Fruits

It's more of the same here on the Sweet Farm while we wait for fall crops to come in.  We'll be at Market this week with Giant Marconi, jalapeno, green and orange peppers along with Black Beauty and Asian eggplant, red and green okra, elephant garlic and white candy onions.  We'll have some mixed bouquets and a bucket of tuberoses for you to choose from also.  See you Tuesday!
 
Twelve Oaks Farm will be there this week with sweet corn, tomatoes, pole beans, and zucchini/squash.
 
The following vendors also plan to be at market this week:

Eco Farm
Four Oaks Farm
Grand Hope Farm
Katherine's Garden
Pomegranate Kitchen
Valley View Farm

 
Visit our website to learn more about all of this season's vendors.
 
Even if you're not traveling to the "path of totality," you'll still see something pretty cool -- just make sure to protect your eyes!

Master Gardeners


The Chatham Extension Master Gardeners will be set up at market this week to answer all of your gardening questions!  They're here every first and third Tuesday of the month throughout the market season.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Farmer Foodshare


Don't forget to stop by the Farmer Foodshare table and say hello to Beth!  Your donations are greatly appreciated and go directly toward providing fresh, healthy food for those in need.

For more information, visit their website at www.farmerfoodshare.org.

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