Bailey Basiel (left) and a representative from the Fresh Food Network dressed as peas and carrots to attract attention to the Farmer's Market on the Durham town green. (Photo Credit: Melynda Naples)

Farmer’s Market plans for busy summer

Organizers of the Durham Farmer’s Market have been planning for a busy summer with more visitors and more options to keep those visitors on the green.

“What we’re really encouraging is people coming for dinner,” said Tina Hurlbert, one of the market coordinators. New food trucks have been set up to tempt visitors to picnic on the green.

On a recent Thursday - the Farmer’s Market is open from 3-6 on Thursdays at the Durham town green - food truck options included the GMonkey truck, the new Perk on Wheels, and Frank’s Wood Fired Pizza from Clinton.

“We love it here. The place is awesome,” said Frank DeMusis, former owner of Frank’s Wood Fired Pizza, who was preparing a variety of pizzas in a mobile kitchen with his stepson and current owner Max DeMusis. Frank’s Wood Fired Pizza, which is based out of Clinton, exists only as a mobile entity, specializing in farmer’s markets, fairs, and private parties.

The Farmer’s Market opened in May with some rainy Thursdays, but Frank DeMusis said that the summer in Durham was still off to a good start. “Everyone is welcoming here. There’s a lot of warmth here.”

Frank DeMusis said that as often as possible, they use ingredients from local and organic farmers and also participate in Connecticut’s Farm to Chef program. This keeps in line with the ethos of the Farmer’s Market of emphasizing local and healthy.

Farms from Durham participating include Naples Farm, Deerfield Farm, Tuttle Ridge Farm, and Starlight Gardens, in addition to other regional farms. There are also local, non-food offerings, such as goats milk soaps made in Durham.

The Farmer’s Market is also hosting different organizations and non-profits this summer. On June 5, UConn’s Middlesex County Extension Center had a representative on the green to talk about their Master Gardener program and a representative of the new Fresh Food Network also worked a table.

Hurlbert said she would like to see more non-profits using the Farmer’s Market. Contact information for the Farmer’s Market committee, in addition to a vendor list, is available at

The presence of organizations on the green is part of an effort to turn the Farmer’s Market into a place to linger, instead of a place to buy your tomatoes and leave. “I’d love to see families come and to see more kids really using the green for its intended purpose - community gathering,” said Hurlbert.

Children’s Librarian Christine Michaud from the Durham Public Library hosts a story time at the market at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The Farmer’s Market will also partner with the library’s summer reading program to draw a crowd in July.

“We hope to get different entertainment. We’d like to see more activities,” said committee member Claudia White, who said things like cooking challenges, recipe swaps, and performances were possibilities for the future.

Back to AllNews || Back To Top

Latest Comments