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 coop market, a performing arts and special events center, a meadery and most recently 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. The morning of my visit to this market I found about a dozen vendors selling an assortment of products like cheese from Lindley Farm Creamery, meats from Lilly Den, produce from Dutch Buffalo Farm & Granite Springs Farm, as well as Okfuskee Farm‘s produce and Animal Welfare Approved pork products (Have you tried their salami? I’m hooked on it).
Piedmont Biofarm produce can be found at Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market too. The farm is one of several organizations found at “The Plant”, a formerly abandoned industrial park at the edge of Pittsboro, where one finds the office for the Abundance Foundation. As mentioned in my earlier Fall fests post, the Fifth Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival (a fundraiser for both organizations) is coming up and you can buy your tickets now for a little cheaper than on the day of the big event. Just sayin’.
The potatoes, tomatoes and greens from Piedmont Biofarm looked lovely and I was quite smitten with this cool antique (and I’m told very accurate) scale.
Added “fun” always makes a farmers’ market visit appealing. Last weekend Mimosa Winds, a chamber music ensemble, performed at the market (making me wish I had brought a camp chair or picnic blanket so I could enjoy their delightful music for a while longer). This weekend I read there are plans for some Summer Olympic-style activities for the kids. Sounds like a fun morning out for the family and a lovely opportunity to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week.
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 Pittsboro triple play.
Market Info: A seasonal market open 8 am to 1 pm each Saturday, mid April – mid November.
Shoppers will find (free) parking in the lot around the market.
This market is convenient to residents of Pittsboro.
Visit the market website for more information about this market and its vendors.
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