Historic Pittsboro gets a Saturday market

April 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm 2 comments

By Dee Reid

There are many things to love about Pittsboro‘s newest farmers’ market opening April 16 at Chatham Mills.

  • It’s a first for downtown Pittsboro. The Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market is located at  the renovated historic textile mill on the north end of town, 480 Hillsboro Street. That’s the same property as Chatham Marketplace, the natural foods co-op grocery and cafe, within easy walking distance of many shops and homes, with plenty of parking. You’ll be able to pick up your fresh farm products at the market and then complete your grocery shopping inside at Chatham Marketplace.
  • It’s open on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon from April 16 through November 19. This makes it especially convenient for  folks like me who commute to work outside the county during the week and often can’t get to the Thursday afternoon farmer’s market on the other side of town.
  • More than 25 local farmers and farm vendors have already signed up to sell their goods, including a wide range of fresh vegetables, meats (pastured chicken, lamb, goat, beef and pig), cheese, eggs, honey, gluten-free bread and other baked goodies, flowers, pottery, jewelery and other hand crafts.
  • The season will include chef’s demonstrations, kid’s days and other farm and food related special events during market hours.
  • It will draw more shoppers to downtown Pittsboro. Chatham County is famous for its sustainable small-scale farms, whose food is found in markets throughout the region and on the menus of the Triangle’s best restaurants.  Now consumers seeking out the freshest local food will find it more easily in downtown Pittsboro, spending more of their food dollars closer to home. That’s good for local farmers, local shoppers and the local economy.
“We’re thankful to be in an area with such talented and hard working growers and producers, we want to provide them with a successful market to sell at, closer to their farms than the city markets,” said market board member Chris Jude.
“Chatham Marketplace has been very supportive,” says market board member and farmer vendor Emily Lancaster. “We both see the market as a community builder in downtown Pittsboro.”

 

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