Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Foster's Market - A Favorite

There is a gathering spot in Durham, NC and very close to Chapel Hill, NC where the folks of kindred spirit come to have a taste of some of the best seasonally prepared local fare.  This charming place is called "Foster's Market" owned by Sara Foster.  I would say this is a gourmet food market, cafe, coffee bar type place. There's sort-of a rustic motif going on with old creaky floors, mismatched chairs and old tables. You can flop into one of the sofas, or take your food outside on the patio, or take it home.  Baskets are full of scones and outlandish candies.  Food is made on the spot, fresh every day. There are prepared salads and soups, custom made sandwiches and the deserts are SO yummy. The menu changes seasonally, so its fresh all the time.      

When you arrive at Foster's Market, you come off the main road to a gravel parking lot.  I feel like I'm coming home.  There is an old porch you enter with
all these lovely vines growing all over it.  The porch has old farm tables on it and picnic tables are in abundance.  There are old adirondack chairs everywhere out front.  It's too hot now, but in the fall, everyone will be out there.  I love to bring new people to Foster's Market.  I enjoy their first-time reaction.

Sara Foster is a well known and respected chef, entrepreneur and cookbook arthor.  These are two of my favorites full of fresh food ideas.  Love them. 


This is Sara's latest book, "Southern Kitchen".  Friends, for real, this is hands-down a good one if you collect cookbooks or just want to grab some traditional comfort favorites.  There are beautiful pictures and some of the best, best recipes.  Sara has been featured in Southern Living magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, and so on.   Even if you're not from the south, you will love her cookbooks.  I mean, Molasses Bourbon Pecan Pie  - come on now, who wouldn't?

~ Debi


  1. What a nice place for coffee and a sandwich. My sister just moved to Asheville. I'll have to drag her out there one of these days when the weather cools down.

  2. I'd love to sit on that porch all day and then to be served mouth watering food on top of it!! What a marvelous place!
    Cathy G

  3. I have heard about her new cookbook! I am anxious to check it out for myself!

  4. Looks like a wonderful place. Wish it were closer.

  5. I've always wanted to go to this place and especially try her pepper jelly. Sara is such an inspiration person. Maybe one day! Happy Wednesday.

  6. I can only dream about this market. Thanks for making me jealous here in blazing hot Arizona.

  7. I love visiting markets, they will be starting shortly around here but Molasses burbon pecan pie you say? Ah!
    Lots of hugs, Rosemary...

  8. I love Southern pecan pie. Add bourbon-oh yeh!
    This looks like a place I would love to visit. I can see why it's a favorite place to take your company.

  9. Sounds like a nice place, sadly I won’t be visiting as I live in England, but never the less a very interesting post, the cook books sound good too.

  10. Hi Debi, Thanks so much for coming to my blog. Please come back anytime --and I will return to yours... I love your blog since I love North Carolina so much...

    Wish we had a good produce market around here.. We just don't --and I grieve when I have to buy my produce at the grocery store... Yuk!!!!!

    Your Seven Gates Farmhouse is gorgeous.. WOW!!!

  11. This market looks like such a lovely place...to sit a 'spell'. :)
    I think I have heard of Sara Foster too...I love nice cookbooks and hers looks like a great one.
    YOUR home is beautiful. YOU must be beaming with pride.
    Take care~

  12. I have just added this place to my "wish" list of places to visit. It looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. This looks like a wonderful place to visit, and I wish I could!

  14. I love this place to do the party, Such a nice place!it looks so beautiful........