Hoedown at the Farmers Market

by Jennifer Courser, EMGV

Extension Master Gardener Public Events went wild with Halloween Spirit at the Saturday, Oct. 28 South Durham Farmers Market. The team created a rootin’-tootin’ Old West trading post (complete with wildflower seeds and soil test kits!) to assist with consumer horticulture inquiries.

Team members included: EMG Interns Mike James, Jackie Knight, Jayne Boyer and Captain Jennifer Corser (Class of 2013). photo: Jennifer Courser

EMG Intern Jayne Boyer started the Western theme with her inherited cowgirl costume and Event Captain Jennifer Corser took it a step further by making a Trading Post out of the table and tent. “I just went through my husband’s junk in the garage and his kitchen junk drawer and found several rusty treasures,” she said. Among them were an Indian blanket, rusty gas can, powder horn, pioneer clothing irons, rusty potato masher and kitchen tools…you get the picture.” She created a chrysanthemum floral arrangement inside a cowgirl boot for the table and used other kitch-ey Southwest souvenirs as paperweights. “My favorite by far was the crochet cactus dish that EMG Emeritus Sharon Campen gave me years ago.”

The Ask a Master Gardener booth can be found at the Bahama Farmers Market at the Ruritan Club, 8202 Stagville Rd, Bahama, NC on November 5,  the Durham Farmers Market (November 18 is the last one of 2017), at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens (check https://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/ for dates and times), South Durham Farmers Market (the last Saturday of the month from April – October), and at other public events around the county.

Farmers’ Market Week

Have you visited one of the Farmers’ Markets in Durham? This week is Farmers’ Market Week, so why not make a trip? Support local agriculture and add some delicious items to your menu. A list of some Farmers’ Markets can be found on the official Durham website, or check the Growing Small Farms site to search for growers-only farmers’ markets in surrounding counties. At two Durham markets, the Ask a Master Gardener booth operates at certain times each month.

Durham Farmers’ Market

Master Gardener Volunteers are available to answer questions at The Durham Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturday of each month from April-November between 8 am and noon.  During June, July and August, we are at the Wednesday market 3:30-6:30 pm
The market is located at 501 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701
(just 2 blocks from the extension office

South Durham Farmers’ Market

Master Gardeners are also available at the South Durham Farmers Market on the last Saturday of the month between 8 am -12.  South Durham Farmers Market is located in Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, corner of NC 55 and Sedwick Road.

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In these photos, Master Gardener Volunteers Jennifer Corser and Maggie Dolbow are ready to provide information and answers to visitors to the South Durham Farmers’ Market. The Ask a Master Gardener booth is stocked with seasonally relevant handouts (check out our Fall Gardening resources this month) and soil test kits. Bring your questions – we are happy to help.

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

-Ann Barnes

Thanks to Sharon Campen for the photos