Lauren Alston
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Durham Farmer’s Market

The Clarion Content has had a long, successful history of motivated, creative interns. Ms. Lauren Alston is carrying the banner forward with verve and enthusiasm. She is a vivacious rising senior at Chapel Hill High School who’s curiosity and perseverance led her to cross the distance, physical and social from to Durham to Chapel Hill before she was even old enough to drive. She has written about Girls Rock, the Carrack’s Community Show, Saltbox Seafood, and more.

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The Durham Farmer’s Market

by: Lauren Alston

I woke up early this past Saturday morning, and headed to the Durham Farmer’s Market at 8:30 AM, not sure what to expect. Durham is constantly surprising me. There are so many different sides and facets to Durham that I wasn’t sure what I would experience or see, so as I parked my car, I headed down Foster Street with an open mind.

The first thing I noticed is that by 9AM it was already 80 degrees. In addition to the heat, the scorching sun made it necessary for me to find a cool spot and cold drink immediately. My first personal encounter was with Fahsyrah’s Lemonade cart, where I purchased a cold beverage. Although the lemonade was refreshing, what I loved the most was the sense of family. I knew the company’s story from the “about us” section of their website, but seeing their familial interactions first-hand, through father-son teasing, reminded me of my own family relationships.

photo by Lauren Alston

photo by Lauren Alston

After finding a place in the shade to enjoy my lemonade, I started my search for breakfast. There was a plethora of options from Pie Pushers (pizza) to Soomsoom Pita Pockets, but as a newly established vegan, and due to the blistering heat, I went with a pineapple orange blossom fruit pop from Citizen Pops. The service was great and it’s important to support your community and local farmers. Citizen Pops encompasses the meaning of a farmer’s market.

photo by Lauren Alston

photo by Lauren Alston

While snacking on my fruit pop, I explored the indoor section of the farmer’s market which houses the farmers and crafters. I saw and purchased a bunch of blue and purple hydrangeas for my mother for only $6, and was tempted by the bright pink godetias around the corner. My sister, who joined me on this outing, enjoyed an apple fritter from a local bakery and we browsed each vendor together. Aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, there were any number of artisans and crafters selling their goods as well.

photo by Lauren Alston

photo by Lauren Alston

Some of my favorites were the paintings and pictures of views from our one and only Durham, handmade jewelry from Renee Gaudet Designs, and character bookmarks from Ophelia Lilly. Ophelia Lilly’s shop interested me the most because they offer a variety of uniquely handmade bookmarks of characters from popular TV shows and movies, from science fiction to Disney princesses, that would appeal to not only children, but avid readers of any age.  I come from a family big on reading, and my sister and I couldn’t resist purchasing bookmarks for ourselves and an extra one for my little brother. While we stayed in the realm of superheroes with Captain America, The Flash, and Harley Quinn; I plan on returning in the summer to pick out Princess Jasmine or Harry Potter bookmarks, or purchase from Ophelia Lilly’s Etsy shop.

photo by Lauren Alston

photo by Lauren Alston

The Durham Farmer’s Market is a medley of people and their passions, located on Foster Street every Saturday morning from 8AM to noon. You never know what you’re going to see and the only sure thing is that you’re going to love it. My sister and I strolled and enjoyed an hour and a half at the Farmer’s Market spent only about $12 each, and it was the perfect start to our Saturday. Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, Citizen Pops, and Ophelia Lilly’s were my three favorites this time around, but I cannot wait to return soon to continue to explore what else the Durham Farmer’s Market has to offer.

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