Welcome! Durham Central Market is a new neighborhood cooperative grocery working to open a store located near the downtown area (Read more about our location).  Durham Central Market follows the owner/member model of local co-op groceries like Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro, but with a distinctively Durham flavor.  If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! Building a full-service grocery store is a big project, and we need your help to get the doors open. We're looking for investors who want to keep their money local and help get a true community organization off the ground, while still getting a return on their investment. If you're already an owner and are interested in participating in this great opportunity, you can find out more or send us questions about becoming an investor.

Our goal for the store is to offer high quality, mostly local food and other products, to reinvest profits back into the community, to practice sustainability, and to foster a respectful, professional workplace. We invite you to learn more about the ideas and the planning that has gone into the development of the Durham Central Market cooperative. As a grocery store dedicated to serving Durham and built by Durham, Durham Central Market got to this point through the great work of volunteers from local Durham neighborhoods. We continue to need volunteer help and hope that you will consider volunteering your time and talents. You can contact us by email at info@durhamcentralmarket.org or send us mail at P.O. Box 25216, Durham, NC 27702-5216.

2012 Family Farm Day at Elodie


DCM enjoyed another successful Family Farm Day at Elodie Farms last Sunday!  Thanks to Dave Artigues for hosting the event, to Pie Pushers, Only Burger, and Fullsteam for the delicious food and drink, to 360 the Band and Actual Persons Living or Dead for the rockin music, and to Dan Squires for capturing the day in photos (see more photos here).  Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers who made it all happen - Dan Singer, Deb Hawkins, Sandi Gray-Terry, Steph Grant, Don and Isabel Moffit, Pam Campa, Shelley Beason, Drew Peng, Michael Bacon, Heather Tunnell, and Beth Fowler.  

Family Farm Day at Elodie Farms - Sunday, April 29th

For the 3rd year, we are thrilled to be holding the DCM Family Farm Day at Elodie Farms, hosted by Dave Artigues.  Many of you will know Dave from the Durham Farmers Market.  Elodie Farms is a 21-acre farm owned and operated by Dave. Started in 2003, Dave built the dairy by converting a tobacco packing house into a cheese kitchen and milking room. Part of the fun of Family Farm Day is taking the tour with Dave as he explains how the operation works.
In addition to the farm tours & cheese tasting, this year we'll also be featuring live music from Trepak, 360 the Band, and Actual Persons Living or Dead.  Fullsteam will be selling beer, and Pie Pushers and Only Burger will be selling delicious food.  Locopops and baked goods will also be available.  There will be activities for the kids and a bonfire late in the day.  It's always lots of fun in a beautiful and relaxing setting, and no place better to spend a spring afternoon.
Prices are $10 (21+), $5 (under 21), FREE (3 years and under)
Directions to the Farm   From I-85

  1. Exit 176B DUKE ST / US-501 N  toward ROXBORO.
  2. Stay STRAIGHT on US-501 N / N DUKE ST for 9.3 miles
  3. Turn RIGHT onto BAHAMA RD. for 4.2 miles. You will cross over Lake Michie.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto HALL RD. for 1.4 miles
  5. End at 9522 Hampton Rd.   Elodie Farms is across the street from the stop sign.

This event is for everyone, not just owners, so bring a picnic, your family, and your friends.  Everyone's invited!  We hope you'll join us.

January 2012 Newsletter

Here is DCM's January newsletter, including an update from Project Manager Don Moffitt.

Museum of Life & Science Fall Harvest - DCM will be there!

Durham Central Market will be in attendance at the Museum of Life & Science's Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12th from 10-4.  There are many fun activities planned throughout the day highlighting gardening, public transit, environmental conservation, livestock and wildlife, and more.  We'll have activities for the kids showing where food comes from.  Food, music, dancing, and a beautiful forecast.  It looks to be a great event. Hope you can make it!

Not Your Run of the Mill Annual Meeting!

You know the DCM Annual Meeting is this Sunday.  But what you may not know is that a big chunk of the meeting will be devoted to a guided focus group/discussion in small groups, facilitated by Meredith Emmett.  The purpose of this exercise is to get feedback from owners on their preference for which criteria are most important for decisions going forward.  In other words, it won't be your usual run-of-the-mill speechifying.  This is *your* co-op, please come and contribute your voice.  You may be sorry if you miss this opportunity.  We would love you to come for potluck as well (starts at 5), but if you can't make that, please join us for the business portion, beginning at 5:45.  We surely hope to see you there !
Durham Central Market's
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 5–7 PM
The Chameleon, 2013 Chapel Hill Road, Durham
(Google map link here)

Reminder: Annual Meeting - Sunday 10/23

Durham Central Market's


Sunday, October 23, 2011, 5–7 PM

The Chameleon, 2013 Chapel Hill Road, Durham

(Google map link here)

Plans for Durham Central Market are changing.

Come to this important meeting. Offer your input and elect board members.

Bring a dish to share (and your own plates and utensils.)

Eat at 5PM

Meeting and Elections at 5:45PM

DCM Board Candidate Statements

We have six candidates in the running for the six vacant Board seats.  Please take a moment to read over the candidates' statements here.  Remember, the meeting will be held at the Chameleon, 2013 Chapel Hill Road (near the Lakewood Shopping Center) from 5-7 on Sunday, October 23rd.  Potluck will be at 5, and the meeting will begin at 5:45.  In addition to the Board election, we have some important decisions to make about the direction of the store, and we will be discussing some of these at the meeting.  You don't want to miss this one, folks!  Stay tuned for full details.

DCM 3rd Annual Meeting - October 23, 2011

Durham Central Market's 3rd ANNUAL MEETING AND POTLUCK Sunday, October 23, 2011, 5-7 PM The Chameleon, 2013 Chapel Hill Road, Durham Save the date! Sunday, October 23, 2011 will be the third annual meeting of Durham Central Market. We will be celebrating our achievements for the year and looking forward to our plans for advancing the project. At the meeting, owners will receive a progress report, consider any non-binding questions, and elect the next board of directors. As to the board of directors, five seats are open for election. During the next two years the board will be actively involved in deciding the direction of the project, raising capital, expanding community involvement, monitoring design and construction of the store, hiring a general manager and developing the cooperative's governing policies. Anyone wishing to put forth his or her name for consideration on the board should contact Robin Arcus for submission details - robin@durhamcentralmarket.org. The deadline for board nomination submissions is midnight, Thursday, September 15, 2011. Board members must be owners of the cooperative and able to serve for a two year term. Voting will take place at the annual meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a provision will be made for you to submit an absentee ballot in advance of October 23rd. To present any non-binding questions to the owners, please send these to Robin Arcus robin@durhamcentralmarket.org. Submission deadline for questions is midnight, Thursday, September 15, 2011. In the coming weeks be on the look out for details on our gathering along with information on our board nominees.

Transition Durham - Feeding the Bull City

DCM is happy to be one of the sponsors for a film and discussion series presented by Transition Durham and centered around ideas for expanding access to local, healthy, and sustainable food for Durham communities. The five events in the series will be going on at various locations around Durham through November. Check our upcoming events, or visit the Transition Durham website for more details.

Durham Lemonade Day - Saturday, May 7th

Be on the lookout for lemonade stands staffed by Durham kids at various places around town on Saturday, May 7th. Durham Central Market is happy to support the YMCA in this effort to give these young Durhamites a chance to put their business plans, recipes and marketing into action. Over 1000 kids have registered to participate, so there should be a stand near you. You can learn more locations and about the campaign here, and be sure to get out and Buy some Lemonade!!

2009 Memorial Day BBQ

Join Online!

You can now become a Durham Central Market Owner via the website. We offer individual ownerships and business ownerships. Become an owner today by filling out the online DCM Ownership form and pay using a secure Paypal connection, and thanks!! If you would prefer, you can also fill out and print the individual ownership form (pdf) or business ownership form (pdf) and mail it in. Follow the instructions on the form.

Contact Us

Durham Central Market
P.O. Box 25216
Durham, NC 27702-5216

Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @DurhamCentMkt.

The Owner Investment Campaign is ongoing, offering our owners the opportunity to invest in the co-op. Details on your options for investing are available here.
Email your intention to pledge to invest@durhamcentralmarket.org
We'll walk you through the rest. Together we can build something wonderful!

Upcoming Events

April 12 & 26  - Durham Farmers Market

May 10 & 24 - Durham Farmers Market

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