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Fresh off the Farm! Farmers Markets near Chatham Park

Chatham Park residents have several options for farm fresh produce in Pittsboro, NC. Two farmers markets in downtown Pittsboro, and another located in Fearrington Village, offer organic, non-GMO, sustainably and regeneratively grown produce and ethically raised meat and dairy products.  In addition to weekly markets with numerous vendors on site, local farms make use of Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) methods. CSA farms allow community members to buy a “share” of the crop and then receive once-a-week portions of the farm’s harvest.

The Pittsboro Farmers Market, located downtown on East St., has been a staple for the Pittsboro community and surrounding areas since 1997, and is a “producer only” venue. Everything at the market was grown or produced by the vendor, whose product comes from within a 50-mile radius of the town.  The market is open year-round on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and features fresh North Carolina seafood from Hook and Larder, goat dairy products from Celebrity Dairy, and high-quality, naturally raised beef from Lilly Den Farm. Solstice Herb Farm’s wares include medicinal and culinary herbs, a handcrafted apothecary-formulated body care line, and heirloom varieties of produce. The market also showcases fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms from local CSA farms. 

Chatham Mills Farmers Market is open Saturdays and has a seasonal calendar (April-October, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; November-January, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.).  Found in Historic Chatham Mills in downtown Pittsboro, this market boasts a variety of permanent and guest vendors, spotlighting one of the latter each week in their newsletter. Chatham Park residents will find everything from organic produce, local meats, and fresh eggs to handmade crafts, preserves, and baked goods. CATHIS Farm out of Lillington provides organic-fed, pasture-raised pork, lamb, chicken, turkey meats, and eggs while The Yeast Roll Company sells their hot, baked-fresh rolls. You can also grab something sweet from Carolina Cravings Co. or enjoy themed events like “Pie Day,” an annual throw-down of homemade pies complete with bake sale and tasting contest. Check out their website for a free “Recipe of the Week” and keep up to date on events like the seasonal “Plant Sale Days.”

If Thursdays or Saturdays aren’t convenient for you, spend some time on Tuesday at the Fearrington Farmers Market which is conveniently located at Fearrington Village.  Another “producer-only” market, it is open during Daylight Savings (March-November) from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. When winter rolls around, it is open from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.  This market is in its 30th season with over three dozen full-time vendors.  The Barking Bedlie offers all-natural dog treats, Chatham Cider Works sells their small-batch hard ciders (made with local apples), Sour Bakery provides their wild yeast-based breads and pastries, and Valley View Farm out of Chapel Hill has local, all-natural Angus Beef and Pork products. A few helpful tips include bringing cash as not all vendors accept card or checks, signing up for their weekly newsletter, and checking out their website’s map of weekly vendors to make completing your shopping list a breeze.

Also, don’t forget CSA farms In Good Heart Farm, Granite Springs Farm, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen. Most of the season’s slots fill up quickly but offer different options on pickup locations and times. Some of them set up booths at one of the local farmers markets but investing in a share of seasonal harvests with your community is an excellent way to ensure you always have ripe local produce!  

Our proximity to farm fresh produce and ethically raised meat and dairy products is another example of our commitment to our pillars by providing our Chatham Park residents with Healthy Balance options.

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Chatham Park Developer donates Knight Farm Community Park to the Town of Pittsboro

Knight Farm Community Park, located in the new home community, Vineyards at Chatham Park, opened to the public on Memorial Day Weekend. A ceremony was held on May 27th in which the park was donated to the town of Pittsboro by Preston Development Company, the developers of Chatham Park. During the ceremony, officials activated the colorful water fountain splash pad with a giant 6-foot switch. 

“We thank very much Chatham Park and Preston Development for the work that went into this park,” said James Nass, Mayor of Pittsboro. “We are glad to take it over as a town park now and add that to our parks and recreation inventory.”

The 10-acre park is one part of roughly 2,000 acres planned to be dedicated to open space, parks, and walking trails within the Chatham Park community.  Knight Farm Community Park’s amenities boast whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, and a natural playground where guests can experience live-edge tree trunk balance beams and slide through a rock garden. Additional features include a measured walking trail on the perimeter, a large multi-use field, a splash pad, and a dog park. A covered pavilion provides public restrooms and several picnic tables. Plenty of unused space remains available within the park for upgrades and future developments as the town of Pittsboro grows and expands.  

Located at 362 Vine Parkway near the Chatham Park Info Center, park operating hours during the summer are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.