Welcome! Durham Co-op Market is a new cooperative grocery store opening on West Chapel Hill Street near downtown (Read more about our location).  Durham Co-op Market is community owned, similar to other local co-ops including Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Deep Roots Market in Greensboro.  If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! The store will be opening in early 2015. 

The co-op will be open to all shoppers, and offer natural, organic, and local food and other products. It will reinvest profits back into the community, practice sustainability, and foster a positive, respectful workplace. We are built by Durham and dedicated to serving Durham. Contact us at info@durham.coop or find us on Facebook. 

We look forward to seeing you at the market!

Call for Artists for Upcoming 3rd Friday dates

DCM hosts artists for Durham's 3rd Friday art event at our Liberty Arts office, 538 Foster Street. We are seeking requests from artists for the following upcoming 3rd Friday dates - 8/20/10, 9/17/10, 10/15/10, 11/19/10, and 12/17/10. While we understand that art can cover a broad range of media, our space only works well to show art that can be hung on the wall, such as paintings or photographs. If you or someone you know would be interested in exhibiting work at our office, please contact Heather Tunnell, at volunteer@durhamcentralmarket.org

3rd Friday (6/18/10) - Photography by Beatrice Yaxley

Durham Central Market presents photography by Beatrice Yaxley!

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market at 538 Foster Street, 6-9pm this Friday, 6/18/10 and view a photography series by local artist – Beatrice Yaxley!

Medium: Digital Photography
I shoot with a Nikon D700. I chose this camera for its superior low light capability and the clarity of its glass. I do all of my post-processing on my iMac using Aperture and Photoshop. I print the majority of my photographs on either Fuji Crystal Achieve paper or Fuji Pearl paper. I believe that Fuji paper delivers superior color compared to the other papers I have tried. I photograph and process all of my images without the use of apprentices or assistants; however, I do use Buckeye Color Lab for printing. My work tends to focus on finding the personality within the subject. My influences are: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jerry Uelsmann, and Sally Mann.


Durham Central Market presents Local Night at Fullsteam Brewery, June 12th

Durham Central Market is excited to announce Local Night at Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Riggsbee Ave., on Saturday, June 12, 2010; doors open at 6 - show starts at 6:30. There will be great local music featuring Mount Moriah with an acoustic set, The Jackets rocking out, and Durham's very own punk rock marching band, Scene of the Crime Rovers. After the bands – the dance party starts with DJ Jason Perlmutter spinning his unique collection of Carolina Soul Records! Local Indian food will be for sale from the amazing Vimala Rajendran (soon to be from Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe in Chapel Hill) including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options! Also – see Durham's newest brewery before it opens. The owners will be giving tours during set changes and should have a little something to taste! All ages are welcome. $5 at the door.

Durham Central Market Announces Location!

We are very pleased to announce today that DCM has acquired an option to purchase a vacant lot for our new cooperatively owned grocery store near the Farmers’ Market, on the southwest corner of Mangum Street and Broadway Street. You can view the location on a Google Map here.

Owners received an email today, with a link to a survey where they can send us their thoughts and feedback about the location. If you are not currently an owner, and would like to participate in the survey, you can join online here at the website and be included in the survey.

Beyond the owner survey, our plans include working with the city on their community development plan for the surrounding area and determining how the site will meet city requirements. Additionally, we will be working with neighborhood churches, community groups and local leaders.

And of course, we must find the means to pay for it. This is our biggest task. Board member Stephen Hren, who will be heading up the capital campaign, has stated that he’s pleased to have the site under control so that the market can move to the financing phase. According to Hren, “Now we have to raise the money to build this store. We’ll be looking to our owners, banks and other funders to help us make this dream a reality.”

We are very excited to be at this momentous juncture in Durham Central Market's development, and want to say a big THANKS to all the volunteers and owners who have carried us to this point with their support and enthusiasm!! Stay tuned!!

3rd Friday (5/21/10) - Mixed Media by Franco

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market, 538 Foster St., and view a mixed media series by local artist – Franco!

Franco will be doing his art opening during this Third Friday event.

Luis Franco is a visual activist awakening his audiences through conscious and exciting art and design. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Art at North Carolina Central University with a concentration in Visual Communications and a Certificate in Multimedia at The School of Communication Arts. Commenting on the reality of American Urban Realism, Franco seeks to offer an antidote to class and race issues using acrylic on canvas and digital art. Many of Franco’s thought-provoking images center around the iconic fist hair pick symbolizing the ‘70’s theme of peace, love, and revolution.

Franco lives and paints in Durham, North Carolina.

I work primarily in the digital environment but also enjoy acrylic and other mediums. My artwork tends to focus on social, political and cultural issues. I enjoy expressing my views about major past and current events through bold colors and iconic imagery. My influences are the civil rights movement, music, american pop and hip hop culture. I wish to take my audience on a creative journey that will relax their minds and allow their conscious to be free.

Elodie Farms Update

Some of you may have heard that last week the donkey at Elodie Farms tested positive for rabies. We’re working closely with the Durham Public Health Department to determine if there is any reason for concern for the people who attended our Family Farm Day on March 27.

There is no risk to anyone unless they had direct contact with the donkey, and Dave Artigues, the farmer, has told us that the donkey was pastured away from where any attendees interacted with the farm animals. None of the goats have tested positive.

If you have any concerns, please contact Kacy Johnson at kacy@durhamcentralmarket.org

Our sympathy goes out to the Artigues family. The donkey, Eddie, was a beloved pet. As farmers the Artigueses have to deal with the concerns and issues of all of their customers, as well as the welfare of their family members and animals. Dave acted quickly and responsibly to ensure the safety of his customers, family members and animals as well as our attendees. We are thankful for his care.

It was an extraordinarily rare occurrence, and could have happened to anyone with animals. We love Elodie Farms and their products and we look forward to seeing them at the Farmers’ Market!

-Durham Central Market Board