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This Week at Davidson Farmers Market: Sept. 19

by | Sep 17, 2020 | Davidson Farmers Market, News, Nonprofits

Bring your wagons and load up at the Davidson Farmers Market.


Hello DFM Shoppers,

One of many benefits of eating local food is becoming more in tune with the rhythms of seasons.  We savor the last tomatoes and melons of the summer as the mornings become cooler, then we greet new crops of apples and acorn squash like old friends returned after some time away.

Being on the board of the Davidson Farmers Market has its rhythms, too.  Board members serve three-year terms, renewable for a second three-year stint, and may join at any point in the year.  We have four officers – president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer – who also serve in staggered terms.  The current board has an impressive range of skills: health care, finance, catering and food service, legal, graphic design, marketing, education, and engineering.  In my time with the DFM, board members have ranged in age from early twenties to early eighties.  This diversity of perspectives and life experiences ensures vibrant approaches to everything from weekly market operations to long-term strategic planning.

Current board members are Julie Alexander (vice president), Brooke Basinger, Jamie Boraks, Matt Davis, Carol Lackey (secretary), Michael McFadden, Tracey Ratté, Betsy Verhey, Chuck Warren (treasurer), and me.  We are a working board – you’ll see every one of us in a Green Team volunteer t-shirt working a shift at the market.  We also liaise with the Town of Davidson, plan and manage the budget, make sure the market grounds and equipment are in good working order, reach out to other local non-profit organizations, approve vendors, and set market policy.  We support our amazing DFM staff members Justin Burke, Market Director, and Courtney Spear, Market Coordinator.

In return, we learn just how much effort goes into running the weekly markets and keeping the DFM solvent and thriving.  We get to know our vendors, who work long hours to bring their products to the market, and whose combined knowledge of local food production and artisanal talents make the DFM one of the very best markets in the state.  We also have a lot of fun along the way!

We are always looking for new board members, so if you have talents and time to share, let us know.  Any one of us would be glad to tell you more about the DFM Board!

Happy eating,

Annie Merrill

DFM Board President

Recipe Box: Skillet Green Beans

Green beans will be around until frost. Here is a simple and quick recipe for dinner this week.


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*

½ teaspoon red pepper flake, or to taste

1.5 pounds green beans, trimmed**

2 cloves garlic, minced***

½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

2 tablespoons water


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add red pepper flake and stir to coat the pepper in the oil. Add green beans and cook, stirring often until the beans are blistering and browning in areas, 5 to 7 minutes.

Add garlic and salt and cook, stirring constantly until the garlic is fragrant and browning, about 30 seconds.

Add water and immediately cover. Cook covered until the beans are bright green and crisp tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


The Vendors | Saturday, September 19

Swiss chard is here, plus many more of your fall favorites! Don’t miss these fun items available at market this week: Bleu Barn Bistro has jams, spices and hot sauces; Gilcrest Natural Farm has beef and chicken plus lamb from Sun Raised Foods; and Renn Bee Farm has plenty of honey (cash only).

This week’s full list of vendor offerings below.

Vendors away this week: Correll Farm and Uno Alla Volta.

Vendors done for the season: Kathryn’s Cottage, Peaches N’ Cream

If you choose pre-order and do not plan to shop in-person, you can skip the line and pick up your pre-order from the Market Tent (the red tent to the right of the Market entrance). Just give your name and who you pre-ordered from and our DFM volunteers will get your order for you.

All DFM vendors are offering in-person shopping.
Some vendors will allow shoppers to pick their own products with proper hand sanitation, ​please ask vendors before touching items.

Vendors offering pre-order options are indicated with ​*PO​ next to their name.


 Barbee FarmsA variety of fresh produce

Available this week:​ As we transition toward fall, cooler weather means new choices available at market. This week will be the first of our Swiss Chard and new crop sweet potatoes! Butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash and some mixed lettuce will be available. We will have green beans, tomatoes (heirloom and red), cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, okra, watermelons, canary melons, and cantaloupe. There will be many varieties of peppers including sweet bells, sweet banana, poblano, and jalapeno, as well

as white potatoes, shelled peas, and the last of our red onions. Don’t forget to pick up some farm fresh eggs!

To Know:​ ​At our Davidson Market vending site, customers will be able to choose their own produce after proper hand sanitization.​ We will not be offering online ordering this weekend for Davidson market pick up but will have staff available to assist you with your shopping if requested. Online shopping for ​farm stand pick-up​ is available as a “no contact” shopping option. ​Visit our website (​​) for more info!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for those last minute additions to our market inventory!


Coldwater Creek Farm​​ ​*PO – Variety of produce, whole wheat flour, grits, and cornmeal

How to order:​ email at ​​[email protected]​ or preferred text to 828.406.0849
Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, 5:00 pm

Available this week:​​ Banana peppers, hot peppers including jalapeno, hot wax, and volcano. Bell peppers including green, orange, red, ivory, and purple. Red okra, yellow and red onions, white potatoes, new potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, basil, squash, zucchini, maybe the first radishes of the fall. In the coming weeks we will have winter squash and eating pumpkins. Also fully stocked with pork.


Fair Share FarmGreens, roots, garnish, and specialty items

Available this week:​ Lettuce and micro greens.


Heritage Harvest Farm*PO – Wellness honey, mushrooms, heirloom produce, and flowers

How to order:​ Order via ​online store​ & don’t forget a la carte add-ons! Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, 2:00 pm
Available this week: ​Several boxed and a la carte options
Farmer’s Friend Food Boxes:

Chef Series Box featuring Michael Spencer of Rooster’s a Noble Grille: $40
Mix & Match Cheese Plate: pricing varies
Big Box: $47-50
Pre-order via our ​online store​ + loads more produce and goods to add-on (including paw paws, melons & hemp leaves!)

Local Mushrooms: ​Lion’s Mane, Black Pearl, Velvet Pioppino, Shiitake, Oyster & dried mushrooms.

Local Specialty Honey: ​Wellness honeys (6oz and pint), Wicked Whiskey, Creamed & Raw

Broad Spectrum Full Double Mushroom Extracts (2oz): ​Reishi, Cordyceps & Chaga + Turkey Tail

Artisan Cheese & Bread:​ Meadow Creek Dairy craft cow cheeses: Mountaineer (Alpine-style, dense & complex), Extra & Regular Aged Appalachian (tomme-style), and Grayson (semi-soft, washed rind).

Wide variety of​ fresh bread ​available from our bakery partners to enjoy! ​Challah this week only for Rosh Hashanah!

To Know: ​Free home delivery available for orders within 5 miles of Davidson. Enter code​ STRONGERTOGETHER​ to bypass shipping & note pick-up or delivery preferences at checkout.


Twin Oak Farm – A variety of fresh vegetables and fruit

Available this week:​ Tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, bell pepper, okra, sweet corn, onions, potatoes, and cantaloupe.



Big Oak *PO – A variety of beef and pork products

How to order:​ Email at ​[email protected]​, include order, name, and phone number
Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, 5:00 pm
Available this week:​ Please visit ​​ for a full list of products.


Gilcrest Natural Farm*PO – Pasture raised meats (no hormones, antibiotics, or gmo’s)

How to order:​ Please place pre-orders on our website, ​​​. Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, 1:00 pm

Available this week: Chicken:​ Whole birds, leg quarters, drumsticks, wings, split breast, boneless/skinless breast, livers, hearts, feet, backs and necks for stock.

Beef. Steaks:​ ribeye, NY strip, filet, sirloin, Philly. ​Roasts:​ chuck roast, brisket, eye of round. ​Good stuff:​ ground beef, stir fry strips, stew beef, liver, short ribs, chorizo, sweet Italian sausage, soup bones. ​Check the website for ground beef shares (10# or 20# each) available 9/12.

NEW Lamb (from vendor partner Sun Raised Foods).​ Shank, loin chops, shoulder steaks, ground lamb, neck steaks, bones for stock.

Free Range Eggs:​ (gmo-free feed) large and jumbo. Limited supply. To Know:​​ Questions? 704-308-1431 Amy or ​​[email protected]


Flying Fish SeafoodFreshly caught NC seafood

Available this week:​ Golden Tilefish, Flounder, Scallops & Shrimp


Two Pigs Farm*PO – A variety of pork, beef, and chicken

How to order:​ Shop ​online​ and pre-order for pick-up
Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, Noon
Available this week:​ Please visit Two Pigs Farm website for a full list of products.



Blue Goat Dairy Assorted goat cheese products

Available this week: ​Sampler packs of all types with chevre, crackers, and spoons. Tango and Samba pints plus the “Dancing Duos” pack of both, “Deciders Dozen” includes 12 samples of the most popular cheese flavors, along with all of Blue Goat Dairy favorite chevre flavors.



Butter Crust Bakery​​ ​Freshly baked morning pastries

Available this week:​ ​​Plain croissant, chocolate croissant, almond croissant, cheese danish, lemon danish, raspberry bun danish, morning bun, apple crumb danish, pumpkin bear claw danish, pistachio chocolate danish, pesto croissant, and crème bun danish.


How Sweet It Is Freshly baked cookies, bars, pies, and more.

Available this week: ​Butter pound cake (lemon and chocolate), Sour cream cinnamon coffee cake, Banana nut bread, pumpkin bread, lemon blueberry bread, Chocolate pecan brownies, butterscotch blonde brownies, Muffins (lemon, blueberry, harvest, lemon raspberry), Pies (apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, mixed berry), Cookies (Chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, kitchen sink), and Cinnamon Buns.


Your Moms Donuts*PO – A variety of fresh baked breads, pastries, and delicious donuts!

How to order: ​online ​

Deadline:​ Thursday, September 17, 10:00 pm
Available this week:​ Visit online store for current available products



Cannizzaro SaucesAuthentic Italian sauces

Available this week:​ (16oz & 32oz) Marinara sauce, Arrabbiata sauce, Mushroom Marinara sauce, Vodka sauce, Vegan marinara, Piccata sauce, and Variety 3 pack.


Toro Loco Party Salsa Fresh salsa and guacamole

Available this week:​ Guacamole, mild and medium salsa, and mango salsa.



Bleu Barn BistroDelicious farm to truck food, breakfast and lunch

Available this week:​ In addition to delicious breakfast and lunch options, Bleu Barn Bistro will also have their Bleu Barn Pantry items which include: jellies, jams, preserves, pickles, spice blends, and hot sauces.


Hercules Kettle Corn – Freshly popped kettle corn

Available this week:​ Big Herc bag of kettle corn ($10), Lil Herc bag of kettle corn ($6).



Batistini Farms​​*PO – Organic & Real Family Estate Olive Oil, Thick & Aged Balsamic, No Artificial or Additives, NON GMO & Gluten Free

How to order​​: Pre-order ​​online​ ​or text Tom at 919-740-0998
Deadline:​​ Friday, September 18, 5:00 pm
Available this week:​​ Visit website for available products
To Know:​​ During checkout, under shipping, click Flat Rate and select LOCAL for $0 charge. Under notes add DFM


Renn Bee FarmLocal honey by the pound and the quart


Updog KombuchaWomen owned, handcrafted kombucha

Available this week: ​3 flavors on tap (including Carolina Strawberry). Selling 16oz cups and 64oz growlers, mix and match 4 packs, and Updog Kombucha canvas tote bags.
To Know:​ Updog be ​refilling ​any size growler (32oz or 64oz)—customers will receive an alcohol prep pad to wipe their growler and cap before refilling.



Herr Fresh Flowers *PO – Fresh cut flowers and arrangements

How to order:​ Order online ​ Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, Noon
Available this week: ​$10, $20, $30 floral bouquets. Bunches also available: sunflowers or gladiolus.


Raceway Berry Farm ​​*PO – A variety of wildflowers in mason jar arrangements or bouquets.

How to order:​ Shop ​online​ and pre-order for pick-up
Deadline: ​Friday, September 18, Noon
Available this week:​ Seasonal Arrangements: Mason jar ($10), White ceramic ($20), Hobnail glass container ($45)



Essential Soap Company*PO – Handmade, all-natural skin care products

How to order:​ ​Email​ order
Deadline:​ Friday, September 18, Noon
To Know:​ For a complete list of available products for pre-orders and in-person shopping, please visit Essential Soap Company’s ​Facebook page


Lavender Garden Health and beauty lavender products

Available this week: ​Lavender hand sanitizer, lush fern skin restore, lavender spa lotion, lavender linen spray, lavender essential oil, lip balm, dried lavender sachets, lavender flower bundles, balm of Gilead, sweet dreams sleep aid


Mood Indigo SoapsHandcrafted small batch, all-natural bath and body products

Available this week:​ All your favorite Scrubs, Butters, Lip Balms (in tubes as well) Bath Bombs, Loo Bombs, Face oils, Face Masks, and Essential Oil Perfumes.


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