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.

DCM represents at Strawberry Festival

Volunteers from Durham Central Market staffed the smoothie booth at the recent Strawberry Festival, Saturday, May 2nd, in support of Durham Central School. A fun time was had by all. Thanks to Heather Tunnell, Sandy Gray-Terry, and DCM president Michael Bacon for representing DCM at the Strawberry Festival.

Don Moffitt is hired as Project Manager: Grocery store veteran will lead DCM to opening!

Durham Central Market has hired Don Moffitt as our Project Manager!
Don brings a unique combination of decades of experience in the grocery
industry with a deep and demonstrated commitment to Durham.

Don, a Durham resident and business development consultant, previously
worked with Whole Foods Market for 18 years. He served as vice president of
store development for seven years, and was responsible for the real estate,
design and construction of numerous stores. In addition he managed a store
in Texas and, for eight years, served as the southeast regional president

Piedmont Farm Tour - April 25-26, 2009

Spring is here and that means it's time for the PIEDMONT FARM TOUR, now in its 14th year!! There's no better way to jump into the season that to get in the car and visit some of the growing number of local organic farms in our area. Details from the tour brochure:

Overall, the tour features eighteen produce farms, twelve farms with
humanely-raised animals, two nurseries, three vineyards and five farm projects.
Says CFSA Executive Director Roland McReynolds, "Sustainable farming in the
Triangle is really coming into its own these days. Everything you want to eat

Durham Central Market is Sprouting!

We are well into our second phase of development and thanks to the hard work of a handful of volunteers, much is happening to bring this Community owned grocery store to a fabulous spot nearby! Imagine! 1-stop shopping with a Durham flavor on a cooperative model -- something like a Weaver Street Market does Durham kind of thing. The board of directors held a retreat in January to solidify plans that will take the store to opening around the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010. The financial feasibility report has been completed and the market study will begin shortly.

Durham Central Market in the Independent

The January 28th issue of the Independent ran a story on the sale of the building on Chapel Hill Street, the former location of the Durham Food Coop, and its new life as home to an acupuncture clinic. The story included some comments from Michael Bacon, DCM Board President, on the connections and also the differences between the two organizations. From the Independent article:

Sustainable Food Systems Seminar Series at Duke

Here's word on an upcoming six-part seminar series on sustainable agriculture and local food systems/markets that may be of interest to DCM owner/members. The first program is on Wednesday night, January 21st at 7pm. The locations and speakers will change throughout the series. Visit the website link above for more details on the individual programs and how to register. Members of the DCM Board will be attending. Here's a brief description from the series website:

DCM Board of Directors and Key Volunteers Successfully Retreat

The board of the Durham Central Market met at the UDI Resource Center in Durham on Sunday, January 11th for six and a half hours with several long term, dedicated committee members for fellowship and these specific purposes:

1. To redefine the role of the board and to explore how/how much/when to expand the current four member board.

2. To hammer out a job description for the project manager and outline the hiring process for this key individual.

3. To have a look at a timeline for what is ahead of us and how we can have the best opportunity for success going forward.

Give the Gift of Ownership

Gift shares are now available for purchase. See our gift share request form. Fill out the form and send it to us with $100 per owner share purchase. We take care of the rest. An owner share in Durham Central Market makes a wonderful gift and a great way to buy local.

Incentives for Owners

Bring in three new owners and receive a gift.

Beginning December 5, 2008 any Durham Central Market owner who brings in three new owners will receive a snazzy organic hemp shopping bag with the Durham Central Market logo.

How it works. Ask the person joining DCM to write your name on the “Referred by” line of the application. We will track referral names and when you reach three we will notify you to receive your shopping bag and our thanks.

DCM on "The State of Things" hosted by Frank Stasio November 26 noon-1pm

Hello Durham Central Market supporters! Spread the word! We are scheduled to be on "The State of Things" on WUNC 91.5 FM, Wednesday, November 26th, from noon-1pm (re-broadcast 9-10pm). The topic is farming, sustainability and local food. The host is Frank Stasio. Our board president, Michael Bacon, will be interviewed. Other guests include

1. Mary James, A&T's small farmer of the year

2. David Harper, Land in Common, a consultant to land owners and

3. Jennifer Curtis, Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Cathy and Conner discuss Durham Central Market (or who's winning the Steeler game)

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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