Recipe: Spicy Green Beans with Blueberries

3 cups fresh green beans or snow peas

1/2 red onion

1/2 tbs green garlic

1 cup fresh blueberries

1-2 tbs (real!) butter

In a grinder: pink sea salt, bitter chocolate, hot curry and a few coffee beans.

Melt butter, and add onions; cook about 5 minutes. Add beans and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then grind a good 2 tbs of the grinder mixture and toss to coat. Add the blueberries last and eat!

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Derek St. Romain of Backyard Bow Pro

Fresh Roots Festival: October 20th, 2012



Hillsborough, NC –  The Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough [DTMHH] are pleased to invite you and your family to their Fall Event – Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough’s Fresh Roots Festival [October 20th ] and the Fresh Roots Feast [October 21st].

Saturday, October 20th brings a day-long assortment of activities to enjoy all around Historic Downtown Hillsborough.  From The Eno River Farmer’s Market Pavilion, to the West End of Hillsborough, a veritable trail of shopping incentives, The Hand Made Parade, musical entertainment, good eats and numerous other events give you and your family a fantastic reason to be a part of the Fresh Roots Festival.  Details of Festival events are at Here are some highlights:

Spend a literary morning at Eno Gallery as they present “Coffee with the Authors”.  John Claude Bemis, Allan Gurganus, Ed and Janet Howle, Elizabeth Matheson, Michael Malone, James Maxey, A.J. Mayhew and Nancy Peacock will see you at Eno Gallery for a special meet and greet.  Purple Crow books will be selling books signed by these authors.

Orange County Library will host a Literary Hour, spotlighting local author Jill McCorkle.  McCorkle will entertain everyone with readings from her popular books.

The Library and The Eno River Farmer’s Market will also have children’s events.  Pinewoods Montessori will sponsor more children’s activities on the South lawn of the Historic Courthouse, while the North lawn of the Historic Courthouse offers music throughout the day.

Music on the Courthouse Lawn begins at Noon to kick-off the pre-parade festivities.  The Hand Made Parade begins to march at 2pm and moves from Margaret Lane to Churton Street, traveling north to the Historic Burwell School.

Music on the Courthouse Lawn resumes after the parade and carries everyone into the evening with performances until 10pm.  Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for some great bands featuring; Yarn, Sirius B., James Justin & Co., Onward Soldiers, Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work with special guests The Bulltown Strutters.

Stop in the Visitor’s Center and purchase advance sale tickets for the fun “Spirits of Hillsborough” haunted walking tour.

Take the free shuttle bus from downtown to the Shops at Hillsborough Station, where you will find everything from shopping incentives, to a Chili Cook-off, to music and more.  The Depot will have a Chili Cook-off from 4 – 6 pm – enter your best recipe and see how your chili rates with the judges!  Jim Adams will have a blacksmithing demonstration in the afternoon and the Bulltown Strutters perform from 6-8pm, followed by the Doc Branch Band at 8:30.  The Depot also has local breweries on tap, a lovely selection of wines, sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream and coffee.

Buy your tickets for Sunday’s Fresh Roots Feast – a collaborative fund-raiser by local farmers and local chefs.  This headliner meal is something to look forward to!  Seating is limited to 60.  For a complete listing of participating restaurants and farms and for ticket information, go to:  Tickets are only $65 per person. DTMHH forecasts tickets for the Fresh Roots Feast will sell out very quickly.

The Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough are supported in part by a grant from the Hillsborough Tourism Board.  The DTMHH is a 501(c)3.  Visit the DTMHH website for more information:

Recipe: Lamb Stuffed Peppers

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
6 medium bell peppers, all colors
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup cooked rice
8 ounces ground lamb
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon white sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, add onion and cook for four minutes until soft. Stir in garlic and cook one minute.
3. Slice tops off peppers and remove seeds. Stand peppers upright in a a 9×12-inch baking dish.
4. In large bowl, combine onion mixture, dill, salt, allspice and pepper. Mix in rice and lamb, fold in feta cheese. Stuff peppers with mixture.
5. Mix tomato sauce with water, lemon juice and sugar. Pour half over peppers, and half over bottom of dish. Cover with foil.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking 15 minutes, basing occasionally with sauce, until a meat thermometer inserted in center of filling reads 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
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Recipe: Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

1 (2 pound) butternut squash
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
2 firm ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored,
and cut into 1 inch dice
1/2 cup half and half
1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until very soft, about 45 minutes. Scoop the pulp from the peel, and reserve.
3. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder, and salt. Cook and stir until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth into the pot, and bring to a boil. Stir in the pears and the reserved squash, and simmer until the pears are very soft, about 30 minutes.
4. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender. Puree in batches until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the half and half, and reheat.

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Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers

  • 6 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (or other soft, flavorful cheese)
  • 12 slices bacon

Fill each pepper half with cream cheese. Wrap with bacon slice, and secure with tooth pick. Place on hot grill and cook until crispy.

All ingredients can be found at Eno River Farmers Market.

Market Press Release: Thrill of the Grill

Hillsborough, NC (June 13, 2012) – Summer is here and it’s time to grill! Veggies, chicken, beef, pork, tempeh, even fruit! On June 30th from 8am-12pm, Eno River Farmers Market at 144 E Margaret Ln in Historic Downtown Hillsborough will be celebrating summer and grilling and great food. We’ll fire up the grills and cook up delightful samples all morning long. Pair the samples with some delicious sides and sauces!

We hope you’ll join us in the Farmers Market Pavilion on the 30th for good food, good community, and good fun! You’ll leave with great ideas for your 4th of July celebrations!

Recipe: Blueberry Ginger Bellini


  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups blueberry juice
  • 2 cups sparkling wine, divided


  1. Mash blueberries with ginger, sugar and lemon juice. Add blueberry juice and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain; divide among 4 champagne flutes. Top each with 1/2 cup sparkling wine.

Recipe Courtesy of Eating Well

Recipe: Strawberry Salsa

3-4 cups fresh chopped strawberries
1 ½ cups chopped sweet peppers (green, red, yellow, orange)
2 cloves finely chopped garlic

¼ cup chopped onion
1-2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

1/2 cup orange, mango, or pineapple juice

1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

In a medium bowl, whisk together jalapenos, cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and sugar. In a large bowl, combine strawberries, sweet peppers, garlic, and onion. Combine liquid and fruit/pepper mixture. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Fresh Food Fling

Buy beautiful food-themed art by Mayor Tom Stevens, and 40% of the proceeds will benefit Eno RIver Farmers Market and our Farmer Foodshare station! You can order online, or purchase prints at the Welcome Table or at the Depot. What a fun way to support local art, local food, and the community!

Gift Certificates

Stumped on what to give a friend or family member? Give them the gift of great, local food and high quality handmade items! Stop by the Welcome Table and purchase an Eno River Farmers Market gift certificate.


Did you know that most of our vendors accept pre-orders? Talk with them about your needs for special events, dinners, care packages, etc.

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