Each month I am honored and excited to have a brief spot on the My Carolina Today show. Usually it is to discuss details about upcoming food events, but this month we decided to feature and sample some of our local artisan food and craft producers. This segment covered mostly Chapel Hill, Durham and the RTP area, but look for Raleigh and Cary next month.
Waterdog Farms – Teas and Fresh Flowers
Grown in Hurdle Mills, NC using only sustainable practices, no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.
The farm is named after the Neuse River waterdog, a rare salamander that lives in the Flat River adjacent to the farm.
Waterdog Farms specializes in teas grown and processed as whole leaf teas right on the farm.
Also sell lots of flowers and specialty produce at the farmers markets.
The flowers from Waterdog are beautiful and perfect for a special event or wedding.
You can also buy the tulsi and wild bergamot teas at A Southern Season and Weaver Street Market stores.
You can find owners Rickie and Christopher at Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market (at University Mall) on Saturday and Durham Farmers Market on Wednesday ‘s
Brings regional flavors and local ingredients to the party in your tummy, featuring whole-hog barbecue, cola-braised pork belly sandwiches and Mee-Ma’s low-country, house-smoked, chicken-fried tofu
They buy only whole hogs from local farmers who raise their pigs on open pasture without the use of added hormones or antibiotics.
In addition to the hot dogs they also make pulled pork and bacon, which is available at any of the Weaver Street Markets.
They will soon be adding heat-and-serve BBQ ribs, Hawaiian style breakfast links and smoked pork chops to the lineup of products.
The restaurant is open Mon-Sat 11:00-9:00 and has several vegetarian options including locally made tempeh, chicken fried tofu and fried shiitake po’boys
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You can find Sam Suchoff (Owner/Chef) at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market both Wednesdays and Saturdays
Creates handcrafted farmstead cheeses, breads, produce and farm-crafted specialty items on a 97-acre farm in rural Rougemont, North Carolina. The family farm, owned by Dave Krabbe and Kathryn Spann is centered on a pastured raised Animal Welfare Approved goat herd.
The “Marinated Feta” is a best seller and often referred to as “crack cheese.”
You can purchase their products form the South Durham Farmes Market and Raleigh State Farmers Market.
You can also find Prodigal Farm goat cheese at various restaurants across the Triangle including Mandolin, 18 Seaboard, Harvest 18 and G2B Gastropub.
Prodigal Farm recently ran a kickstarter campaign to raise 45,000 to build a new cheese making facility, which will allow them to age cheeses and therefore make new types of cheeses. They rose over $48, 000. That is how much people love their products.
Evelyn Ward Pottery
Potter Evelyn Ward lives in nearby Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. She makes functional salt-fired pottery for the home. Evelyn earned a BFA from Cal State Fullerton and studied at Penland School of Crafts. Her work can be found in galleries around the Triangle including North Carolina Crafts Gallery and Cedar Creek Gallery.
Each of her whimsical goat mugs is hand-made on a potter’s wheel and salt fired, and has a beautiful feel in the hand. Each goat is drawn by hand so no two are exactly alike.
The mugs are made from durable stoneware pottery and are safe for both dishwasher and microwave. They hold approximately 12 ounces.
There are always several local crafters at every market that are definitely worth checking out.
Big Spoon Roasters
Founded in January 2011, Durham, NC-based Big Spoon Roasters was the first truly handcrafted, small-batch nut butter business since the mass industrialization of the peanut butter industry in the early 20th Century. Big Spoon continues to innovate, working with NC peanut growers to encourage sustainable agriculture and sustainable pricing for their crops.
Big Spoon Roasters makes every batch to order – as opposed to pulling from an existing inventory – so customers get the freshest possible nut butters.
Founder Mark Overbay’s first recipe was Peanut Pecan Butter, which he calls the “quintessential Southern nut butter.” It is handmade with only 4 ingredients – NC peanuts, NC pecans, NC raw wildflower honey, and sea salt.
One of Big Spoon’s bestselling recipes, the Chai Spice peanut & almond butter blend, was created as a favor for Mark and Megan’s wedding. Megan drinks masala chai tea almost every day, and Mark obviously makes nut butter, so he wanted to create a wedding favor that represented them both. Their guests flipped out over the flavor combination, and it became an immediate hit!
On Big Spoon’s website, you can read the story behind every recipe, get updates on special events and farmers’ markets, and see a list of retailers where Big Spoon nut butters are sold.
Rustic brick oven breads and pastries, once found only at the Durham Farmers’ Market, are also available daily in the heart of the Bull City.
Loaf carries wonderful (and local!) items such as Chapel Hill Creamery Cheese, Elodie Farms Goat Cheese, Blakemere Company Clotted Cream, Farmer’s Daughter Kimchi and Sauerkraut, Maple View Farms Milk, Firsthand Foods Sausages, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, home-made jellies and marmalades, and more.
My stepson Adrien and I agree whole-heartedly, that the ham and cheese croissant is the best we’ve ever eaten.
Cilantro Mediterranean Grill
Cilantro Mediterranean Grill is a family run restaurant near RTP (Hwy 54 and Miami) serving Mediterranean kabobs, salads and vegetarian dishes made from scratch using the best locally sourced ingredients. Every meal comes with freshly baked bread from their clay oven!
Prepared salads like beet salad, edemame hummus and potato salads are available weekly at the South Durham Farmers Market and Western Wake Farmers Market. Perfect for picking up for lunches during the workweek.
They also regularly have at the market: potato salad, tabouli, tatziki, traditional hummus, cilantro hummus, jalapeno hummus, baba ganoush, dolmeh, baklava, lentil rice, and a cold vegetable soup (varies).
They have also started taking single size servings of some of our Persian Stews available as specials at our restaurant through out the week (a take home and warm up prepared meal)