Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local food, farmers markets and farms.
Once a textile mill producing high-quality woven labels for well known brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Mercedes Benz, Chatham Mills has been redeveloped and repopulated with a co-op market, a performing arts and special events center, a meadery and a farm-to-table restaurant. In April 2011, Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market took up residence Saturday mornings on the front lawn and parking area of the historic mill complex at 480 Hillsboro Street to the delight of Pittsboro residents.
On April 5th the market kicks off the 2014 season. Favorite vendors will return like Okfuskee Farm with their Animal Welfare Approved pork products (have you tried their salami?) and Fiddlehead Farms’ enormous cinnamon rolls (arrive early to get yours or risk missing out). Ayrshire Farms offers organic produce and Lilly Den Farm sells all sorts of natural meat products. Shoppers will even find pasture-raised rabbit from Fatty Owl Farms. Live musical entertainment and a frequent rotation of craft vendors adds that special something extra to the market experience.
Should you ever find yourself in Pittsboro on a Saturday morning, I’d recommend a visit to Chatham Mills, for the farmers’ market, a mead tasting at Starrlight Mead, and perhaps brunch at Oakleaf restaurant… a perfect Pittsboro triple play.