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Old 08-02-2007, 07:17 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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Hi -

I've been looking for bunches of fresh dill (seed head and all), and I can't believe it's so hard to find. The Raleigh Farmer's Market sells "pickling cukes" by the bushels, but no dill! What's with that?!

I don't use the commercially packed spices to pickle my own. I have a great, natural old world recipe that uses dill and would like to put up some of my own pickles.

Can anyone help, please? I don't really care how far I have to drive for it.

TIA,
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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I bought fresh Dill at the Moore Square Farmer's Market a couple weeks ago. I'd try the Durham Farmer's Market, Wake Forest, or Carrboro on Saturday (or Southern Village today). The Raleigh Farmer's Market is the State Farmer's Market so a lot of the vendors are from some distance away and probably don't try to transport things that are harder to haul ... like dill. The city Farmer's Market's generally have a locally grown (within 50 miles) requirement.

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Carrboro and Southern Village Farmers' Markets in North Carolina
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You could also try to contact some of the vendors and see if they'll bring some; my mother always said it helped keep bugs off the tomatoes so I'd bet that some of the organic farms are growing it, they just might not be trying to market it. But I think you'd find some at those markets on a normal day.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Eastern TN
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We sell dill regularly at the Saxapahaw Farmer's Market (Sat p.m.).

Many farmers will set aside products for customers if you contact them in advance. If you need a farmer contact for Moore's Square, Carrboro or Durham, let me know.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Can you use fresh dill without the seed head? I've get it at Harris Teeter, but it's just the stem and leaves in a little plastic container.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:44 PM
 
Location: S.E. US
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Can you use fresh dill without the seed head? I've get it at Harris Teeter, but it's just the stem and leaves in a little plastic container.
No, that won't do, but thank you. I'll have to scour the farmers markets, and maybe make arrangements with someone ahead of time. I know time is running out for the dill as it's getting late in the season for it. I should have asked you all sonner!!
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Old 08-04-2007, 05:06 PM
 
Location: S.E. US
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Thank you all for the helpful responses. I've made contact with a farmer who has a second crop of dill this season...in about 6 weeks, we'll be all set. And, next year, I'll know several places I can go for dill, thanks to all of you.

Mimi
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