Special Events: Urban and rural farm tours, chefs at market, heirloom apples, Pittsboro pepper festival

August 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

As the summer season winds down, there’s still plenty to do and learn in the Triangle’s sustainable foodshed.  Check out the special events scheduled in September and October:

Carrboro’s Second Urban Farm Tour, Saturday September 12 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Yes, the Paris of the Piedmont and home of one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the country is pleased to show off its urban bees, chickens and sustainable back-and-front-yard gardens at 15 diverse sites around town.  You’ll learn about honey harvesting, lasagna bed preparation, chicken “processing” and more.

Pick up your map and raffle tickets ($3 for 1, $5 for 2, etc.) at Carrboro Raw (at the bamboo fenced lot the corner of Weaver and Main), head out on your own or join one of the group tours on the hour.  Bring a local food dish to share if you plan to stay for the pot-luck supper at 7 (at 105 Dilliard St.). The best way to enjoy this tour is on foot or bicycle.  http://carrborogreenspace.org

Chefs Who Shop the Carrboro Farmer’s Market, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.  Speaking of the Left Bank, seven of the many chefs who regularly shop at the Carrboro market for fresh, local ingredients, will be on hand to share their local cuisine until the food runs out. Including Kevin Callaghan (Acme), Bret Jennings (Elaine’s), Ricky Moore (Glasshalffull), Matt and Sheila Neal (Neal’s Deli), Adam Rose (Il Palio), Bill Smith (Crook’s) and Amy Tornquist (Watt’s Grocery). Carrboro Farmer’s Market. http://www.carrborofarmersmarket.com/

How about them (heirloom) apples?  Sept. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Chatham County. Here’s a rare chance to see Lee Calhoun’s Heirloom Southern Apple Orchard. Space is limited to 50 participants and you must register in advance (no charge) by calling Chatham County Cooperative Extenstion at 919.542.8202.  Confirmed registrants will be given location and carpooling details. 

Lee is a nationally known expert on heirloom southern apples and the author of Old Southern Apples, which gives the history of more than 1,600 distinct varieties. He has traveled around the South for over three decades looking for the long-lost varieties. He has some 300 heirloom varieties at his orchard.

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, Sept. 19-20, 1-5 p.m.  This one has it all: chickens, pigs, cows, goats, sheep, bunnies, llamas, fruits and vegetables, craft-making, storytelling and an outstanding urban community garden for Durham teens. Twenty farms are on the tour, including Edible Earthscape, the CSA where I get my weekly groceries. For tickets, map and details, click here. Brought to you by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

The Pittsboro Pepper Festival, Oct. 18.  Better bring a bib and your dancing shoes: Farmer Doug Jones will display some 40 different pepper varieties and a dozen restaurants will show off their pepper dishes.  Plus local beer and wine, and live music by R & B/Soulsters Howie Dewitt band. Details and tickets at: http://theabundancefoundation.org/pepper-festival/

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  • 1. Triangle Tours, Apples and Peppers « Eating in Raleigh, NC  |  September 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    […] September 4, 2009 · Leave a Comment Over at Sustainable Grub, Dee has a list of special events coming up over the next few days: Urban and rural farm tours, chefs at market, heirloom apples, Pittsboro pepper festival […]


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