Durham Roots


What is Durham Roots Farmers Market?

The DRFM will open for it’s third season located in the parking lot right outside Stadium 10 Theater.

What can you expect to see at the Durham Roots Farmers Market?

Fresh produce, eggs, meats, vegetable starts, ornamental plants, blueberries, mushrooms and more. This market is open to urban farmers, community or cooperative gardens and traditional farmers in Durham, Orange, Person and Granville Counties.

When will the Durham Roots Farmers Market operate?

Returning April 2018!

We’re Hiring – Become a part of the DRFM team!

The mission of the Durham Roots Farmer’s Market at Northgate is to preserve Durham County’s farmland, endangered by urban development, by providing opportunities for farmers and horticulturalists to sell their products. We heartily welcome vendors from small and beginning farms to large and established producers, as well as church, school, and community gardens. Our vendor area includes all of Durham County and the Orange, Person, and Granville County portions of the Upper Neuse Watershed.

Role and Responsibilities:
The Market Manager (MM) will serve as the market host and must be present during market hours, Saturdays from 8AM to 12 noon. The MM must also be present a half-hour before and after market hours for setup and teardown. During market hours the MM will ensure that market rules are followed while welcoming consumers and recording consumer attendance, addressing questions and complaints, gathering consumer contact information, collecting vendor fees, seeking donations, recruiting volunteers, and in the future, selling T-Shirts and other DRFM items and handling EBT/SNAP/Double Bucks transactions.

During the week, the MM must communicate with vendors via email/text/phone to obtain the previous week’s sales figures and confirm upcoming market attendance and products for sale. The MM will then use various media platforms (Facebook, listserves, email, flyers, ads, etc) to announce weekly vendor lists. The MM will also attend monthly board meetings, various community events to promote the market, and seek educational organizations to attend the market. The MM is expected to rapidly communicate with the all-volunteer DRFM Board and Northgate Mall to keep them informed of issues as they emerge.

To leverage the MM’s limited time, the MM will work with DRFM’s newly created Publicity and Education Committees to recruit and direct volunteers to help with the above tasks and to assure the presence of a back-up manager in the case of a planned or emergency absence.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:
Candidates must be organized, reliable, self-motivated, have their own transportation, and be interested in talking with the public about their wishes and desires with regards to the market and about issues surrounding local foods and farmland conservation. Ideal candidates must be able to motivate and lead vendors and volunteers to carry out the DRFM mission. Excellent writing skills are required for media tasks. Candidates need to be able to carry and setup the market tent, table, and chair, to move trash carts and road block structures, and to lift 30 lbs.

Work Schedule:
Schedule includes market attendance on Saturdays from 7:30 AM till 12:30 PM, April 7 until November 17. Attendance at monthly board meetings (1st Wednesday evening of each month) is also required. Various preparation activities prior to April 1st are also required.

Market Manager Application

The Durham Roots Farmers Market is in need of community members willing to volunteer their time and expertise.

Contact the Durham Roots Farmers Market at durhamrootsmarketmanager@gmail.com for information on becoming a vendor, volunteering, and more.

Visit durhamrootsfarmersmarket.wordpress.com for more information.