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.

3rd Friday (3/19) at DCM Office - Rachel Freeman

Durham Central Market presents mixed media by Rachel Freeman!

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market , 538 Foster Street, this Friday from 6-9, and view a mixed media series by Rachel Freeman!

3rd Friday (2/19/10) at DCM Office - Sci-Fi Digital Photography by Alan Welch

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market (538 Foster Street) this coming Friday - 2/19/10 - from 6-9pm and view a sci-fi digital photography series by local artist, Alan Welch!

DCM's on Facebook!

Are you a Facebook user? Consider joining the Durham Central Market group on Facebook. It's another way for you to keep up on events and join other DCM owners online. Join the DCM Facebook group by going to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32881816670

Give a DCM Share or Tshirt/Tote for the holidays!

Looking for a meaningful gift that supports your community, keeps your money local, and brings joy to the recipient for years to come? Give an owner share in Durham Central Market this holiday season! Gift share form and instructions are available HERE.

Third Friday 12/18 - DCM hosts artist Robert Olason

Durham Central Market presents Durham History Paintings by Robert Olason !

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market (538 Foster Street) on Friday, Dec. 18th and view a new painting series by local artist, Robert Olason, about the history of Durham!

This series is titled: "Studies and Ephemera for 'The Birth of Hattie Scarlotte's Child'." At 7:15 pm the artist will make a brief presentation -- "Durham after Reconstruction: Hattie Scarlotte's Story" -- and answer questions about the project.

The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium - December 4-5, 2009 in Durham

THE ART OF FARMING: A Public Symposium on Farming
Presented by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in conjunction with the national documentary project Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families (www.fivefarms.org)

December 4-5, 2009 at the N.C. School for Science and Math

Keynote Speaker: Verlyn Klinkenborg - Farming and the Problem of Complexity

More details here.

3rd Friday (11/20) at DCM Office - Mixed Media by Denee' Black

Durham Central Market presents mixed media by Denee' Black!
Friday, 11/20, from 6-9 pm, 538 Foster Street

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market and view the wonderful mixed media artworks by local artist Denee' Black!

Denee’ Black is an artist based in Raleigh, NC. She primarily works in mixed media; involving acrylic, polymer transfers, photography and collage. Having a background in design, her work is also highly influenced by typography, lines, shapes and form.

CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Lecture by Will Allen - Monday, Nov. 9th

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems will present a lecture by Will Allen, recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Genius Award and founder of the Growing Power farm in downtown Milwaukee, a model for how to create sustainable agriculture and build stronger communities in urban areas. The lecture, to be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, is free and open to the public and is part of the Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture workshop series. Visit their site for more information.

DCM By-Laws available online

The current version of the DCM By-laws, the rules by which the co-op operates, are now available in the Who We Are section. We invite you to read them over, and as always, let the Board know if you have any questions.

DCM Receives $25,000 Sprout Fund loan

We're proud to announce that DCM has been awarded a $25,000 Sprout Fund loan from Food Co-op 500. The loan program, financed by National Cooperative Bank (NCB), is designed to provide capital during the middle and late stages of co-op development. Over the last 3 years, only seven co-ops nationwide have been awarded a Sprout Loan, so we are in elite company!


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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