The Durham Farmer's Market Board has decided to extend the Wednesday market hours through October 9th. The Wednesday market has been open since 2008, as an additional window for farmers to sell surplus produce and products during the summer months. Traditionally, it has closed in September.
However, this season market growth has prompted a reconsideration of the structure of the Wednesday market. In the past, the second window for shoppers has meant a carefree way to stop by and pick up mid-week produce.
At this point, the Wednesday hours are fostering a full compliment of offerings, from traditional seasonal goods to specialty items such as pastas, nut butters, tempeh, and gluten-free foods.
It is now open to some possible revision. The board will be taking views from market goers. Erin Kauffman, market manager, had this to say in their press release:
"The Market’s Board of Directors decided to give it a try and extend the Wednesday Market for acouple of weeks into October”, says Erin Kauffman, Manager of the Durham Farmers’ Market.“Over the winter, they will get feedback from both customers and vendors to see how to proceed in future Wednesday Market seasons.”
In addition, the market is hard at work to make shopping there easier for everyone, regardless of the day.
When asked about the new ATM with EBT/Snap program connection, Kauffman had this to say:
We are making lots of progress in setting up our system to be able to accept EBT/SNAP benefits at the Market. There are so many steps in the process and we are working through each one of them. As we have been working on this, we've built up a really strong relationship/partnership with the Durham County Health Department.
They have connections with people and organizations that can help us work through some of the more difficult and confusing steps. They have provided strategy, energy, support, and assistance all through the project so far. The addition of the ATM will cover the costs associated with the program (most of the costs will be in staff time). We don't have any dates set at the moment, but we hope to have it all up and running early next year.
Here is hoping the Durham Farmer's Market, and many markets like it, continue to grow, thrive, and benefit the communities they serve.
Happy Local Shopping!
Durham Farmer's Market
Durham Farmer's Market Press Release, September 20th, 2013