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Chatham Park’s New Pollinator Garden at the Water Recovery Center will Benefit Entire Community

The buzz is out that our most recent Chatham Park venture will bring a little sweetness to the life of our residents! Our new pollinator garden, now visible from the roof of the community’s Water Recovery Center (WRC), hosts eight beehives amidst a variety of plants, trees, and bee-friendly perennials. The plants were chosen using the North Carolina cooperative extension as a source by our team of landscape architects. Approximately 250,000 tiny tenants call this area home and will benefit the entire community with their pollination activities. As Chatham Park development continues, additional pollinator gardens will be installed as part of an overall system.

Honeybees are important to our environment in a variety of ways. Their pollination services help to provide food for both humans and animals such as fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds. They also are essential to gardens and trees, pollinating wildflowers and shrubs as well as ensuring beautiful landscaping and healthy, life-giving vegetation. Of course, we cannot forget the incredibly delicious and healthy honey that they produce for us to enjoy. Make sure to be on the lookout for local honey which is not only a wonderful preservative but can also be a remedy for allergies. Purchasing local honey is often the only reward that small time beekeepers get for their efforts, so we encourage you to support local businesses and stock up! You may even get the chance to sample honey from the Chatham Park bees as early as next spring. 

The Chatham Park honeybees were raised in hives at Rocky River Bee Farm, a 15-acre farm near the Rocky River just south of Pittsboro. When their new accommodations were complete, Jody Moore with Rocky River Bees successfully moved the colonies to the WRC to begin their new life. Passionate about apiculture, Moore is a NC Master Beekeeper who promotes the advantages that bees bring to our world. Honeybees differ in many ways from native bee species. While most native bees do not sting at all, a honeybee will die after it stings a human just one time. Additionally, the honeybees’ principal form of communication is through chemicals called pheromones. Moore spent months working with the Chatham Park team so that the landscape architects could design a garden around the needs of the bees as well as his needs as the beekeeper. 

Mimicking hollow tree trunks, these hives allow bees to undergo each stage of their lives from eggs to larvae and then pupae to emerging adults. They will also be able to store pollen and nectar in their new homes and create honey. As the hive grows, more frames will be added. In addition to the eight hives at the WRC, a pollinator “condo” has been installed near the greenway and stormwater pond at Vineyards. This structure, built by Wood Art Studios in Pittsboro, will benefit native bees with numerous areas available for bees to nest individually.  

Since the bees were moved from their original habitat, they must relearn where everything is located. To reduce their stress of finding food, Moore placed feeders in the form of dark blue boxes on top of their homes. Eventually these feeders will be removed once the bees find their own sources of nectar. The feeders were also installed because the bees were moved in late summer before the fall nectar flow so available food was scarce. It is imperative that they be provided with a sugar syrup as 40% of hives die in the winter, many due to starvation. Moore is also conscientious of the fact that since the mid-1980s, honeybees have been plagued by parasitic mites that can kill entire colonies if left untreated. The result has been a dramatic drop in the state’s honeybee population. Moore made sure that our Chatham Park honeybees are treated for the varroa mite and will give the bees continual care. He even plans to harvest the excess honey stores next spring. 

As we promote community togetherness, we encourage our residents in Vineyards at Chatham Park to be good neighbors to these natural wonders. Bees face many challenges, but you can help by planting seasonal foliage, especially plants that bloom during the summertime. Growing organically is always best as pesticides kill bees but here are alternative options to going full organic:

  • Use liquid pesticides, rather than dust, as bees can inadvertently mix dust pesticides with the
    pollen, they are gathering on their legs and then feed their babies with it back at the hive. 
  • Do not spray the blooms themselves. 
  • Treat your plants in the late afternoon or evening. Bees are usually done with their field work by 5 or 6pm. 

Check out NCBeeKeepers.org for more information on the best flowers and shrubs to plant. You can also offer small pollinator condos in your backyard -perfect for native bees – and birdbaths are a huge asset to bees as they spend a lot of their energy bringing water to their hive. Flapping their wings across that water keeps their hive climate controlled at a comfortable 92 degrees year-round. Keep in mind that these tiny insects are traveling and pollinating across an expansive 5-mile radius from their hive. Let’s give them a zone where they can live and flourish!
 
BEE in the Know! Some fun facts about our amazing friends.

  • Bees have five eyes and six legs.
  • Bees have two pairs of wings.
  • Bees fly about 20 mph.
  • Bees are vegetarians while wasps are carnivores.
  • Male bees in the hive are called drones.
  • Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even up to 2,000 eggs each day during her three- or four-year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees. 
  • Worker honeybees live for about four weeks in the spring or summer but up to six months during the winter.
  • The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz
  • A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • Honeybees are not native to the US.  They were brought by the earliest European settlers.
  • Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a pollen basket or corbicula.
  • A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
  • An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees.
  • Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
  • The average forager makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds.
  • Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality.
  • Only the strongest hives make honey.
  • Honey never spoils and is still edible after it crystallizes.  Just heat the jar in warm water.
  • A swarm is when a colony reproduces. A new queen is made and the old one leaves with about half the workers to start a new colony elsewhere. 
  • Bees are very gentle during a swarm.
  • 80% of native bees do not sting.
  • Home remedies for bee stings include applying meat tenderizer and tobacco.
  • NC has the largest beekeeper association in the country NCSBA.
  • North Carolina has over 500 native bee species.
  • The honeybee is North Carolina’s state insect.
  • Most native bees are cavity dwellers.
  • Over 50% of native bees are solitary nesters which will pollinate blooming plants but do not produce surplus honey.
  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
  • Honeybees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen. 
  • Honeybees must consume about eight pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.
  • Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient, fermented beverage. The term “honeymoon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage. 
  • A drone bee comes from an unfertilized egg; therefore, it has no father, but it has a grandfather.
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Enjoy an Eventful 2021 Holiday Season in Chatham Park

Imagine a beautifully wooded backdrop, cold nights, lovely homes lit up with warm lights, and a delicate flurry of activity amongst new businesses. You have just envisioned Chatham Park during the holiday season! Add in the historic town of Pittsboro with its picturesque shops and eateries lining the street and you have a Norman Rockwell postcard in the making. As elves begin to prepare for the wonderful events in and around our master-planned community, we hope you will mark your calendars for the most magical of festivities! 

Annual Tree Lighting in Pittsboro
Kick off the season with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This family favorite will take place on Sunday, November 21st from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will lead into Pittsboro’s Holly Days – a series of seasonal events presented by the Pittsboro Business Association that occur each weekend in December. Be prepared for an array of activities such as live performances by choirs, bands, dancers, and theatre performers as well as refreshments in beautifully decorated downtown shops. Santa Claus sightings have also been known to happen!

Christmas Trees from Phillips Farm of Chatham
When it is time to decorate your own Christmas tree, consider a pre-cut Fraser Fir from Phillips Farms of Chatham. These freshly cut firs are grown in Alleghany County, North Carolina and come in an array of sizes from 3-foot tabletops to 13-foot marvels. You can also pick one of their Choose & Cut trees grown right here in Chatham County. This full-service tree farm carries wreaths, garland, and bows, as well as White Pine and Fraser/White Pine mix roping (garland). They also provide extra services such as the cutting and trimming of your tree to fit your stand, dislodging any stray needles, netting the tree, and tying it on your vehicle. Open the weekend after Thanksgiving, Phillips Farm of Chatham is located at 1282 Hanks Chapel Road in Pittsboro. Visit their website for hours of operation and additional details. 

Pittsboro First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market
Spice up your holiday shopping during Pittsboro’s First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market. Hosted by downtown Pittsboro, this family-friendly event features food trucks and vendors selling art, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, soaps, pottery, and more. The next First Sunday will take place on December 5th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity for you to find unique, handcrafted gifts for all of the loved ones on your holiday list!  

Pittsboro Holiday Parade
Colorful, exciting, and just plain old fun, the Pittsboro Holiday Parade is a procession of marching bands, handcrafted floats, dance teams, horse-drawn wagons, and of course…Santa Claus. On Sunday, December 12th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., take in the sights and sounds of this moving celebration that travels from the east side of town through the center of downtown Pittsboro. Make sure to browse the Pittsboro’s shops and restaurants for a sweet treat or a special gift!

Miracle on Hillsboro Street
This final event of Pittsboro’s Holly Days is scheduled for Sunday, December 19th from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chatham County Courthouse in downtown Pittsboro. Experience a live show in the historic Chatham County Courthouse with local actors and legal experts. Kids can bring a letter to Santa Claus and their letter may be picked to read during the performance! You do not want to miss Miracle on Hillsboro Street, a local tradition sponsored by Main Street Pittsboro and presented by the Pittsboro Business Association.

During the holiday season you will also have plenty of opportunities to support local businesses when you visit the restaurants in Penguin Place and MOSAIC at Chatham Park (don’t forget that gift cards make great stocking stuffers!). As more dining and shopping establishments grand open in the coming months, our community’s streets are sure to be a buzz of seasonal activity. For more information on how you can be a part of this live, work, play, learn community, visit The Chatham Park and MOSAIC Information Centers. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Chatham Park Builders Win Gold and Silver at 2021 Parade of Homes Gala

And the winners are (drumroll please)…David Weekley and Garman Homes! Chatham Park is proud to announce that both of our Parade Home builders were recognized at the 2021 Parade of Homes Gala hosted by The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, & Chatham Counties. David Weekley Homes brought home Gold in its category for the Careywood model and Garman Homes was awarded Silver in another category for its No Little Plans design. Both homes are located in Vineyards at Chatham Park. David Weekley showcased the Careywood, a beautifully decorated model home featuring 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms over 2,300+ square feet. Enjoy a wonderfully open and airy first-floor living space and impeccable trim details throughout the home.  The Barnaby, part of Nonfiction by Garman Homes’ Quotables Collection, is the 2021 America at Home Study Concept Home. This innovative floor plan boasts over 2,600 square feet with 4-bedrooms and 3.5-bathrooms and even has a secret room (we just can’t tell you where!).

In addition to the awards, Chatham Park experienced three successful Parade weekends due to beautiful weather, well-executed events, and a steady stream of visitors to the community. During our public event, visitors were able to enjoy food trucks, a caricature artist and participate in a fun scavenger hunt that led them to different locations including the two parade homes, Knight Farm Community Park, information tables for Thales Academy, Tri Pointe Homes and Homes By Dickerson, and the new information center at MOSAIC. Participants turned in their registration cards at the MOSAIC Comes Alive event to receive a Chatham Park goodie bag. Registrants were also added to the grand prize drawings. 

As supporters of the popular home tour, we recognize the opportunity to highlight not just our homes but our community as a whole. From our convenient location and stunning views to our myriad of amenities and retail spaces, we know you are going to love what Chatham Park has to offer.  

Over the three Parade weekends, more than 660 people (including 230 Realtors) toured the Vineyards and MOSAIC Information Center to learn about our community, amenities, and custom homes nearing completion. We are pleased to announce that the festivities resulted in five homes sold by David Weekley, two homes sold by Garman Homes, and a custom home sale for Walker Design Build. 

Ask us about upcoming events at both Vineyards and MOSAIC and we look forward to seeing you in our award-winning, technology-centric, master-planned community!

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Experience Autumn in Chatham Park

Between cozy sweaters, beautiful foliage, hearty recipes, and fun family traditions, the fall season is a favorite amongst many so at Chatham Park, we ensure our residents are surrounded with opportunities to enjoy the autumn season.  Here are a few of our favorite fall-themed activities taking place in and nearby our 7,068-acre master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina:

Phillips Farm of Chatham
Nothing says the beginning of fall like pumpkins! Whether you want to carve, decorate with, or eat them, pumpkins are the perfect way to start the season. Support local by visiting Phillips Farm of Chatham – open every day from now through Halloween – and picking your perfect gourd! (Keep this venue in mind for your Christmas tree needs as they start selling their beautiful Fraser Firs the weekend after Thanksgiving.)

Huckleberry Trail Farm
Reminisce on those childhood memories of hayrides and corn mazes when you discover
the Huckleberry Trail Farm Festival. This year’s festival will last through the month of October and marks the 10-year anniversary of Huckleberry Trail Farm in Siler City. With our cotton patch, Field of Dreams, and special scavenger hunt – scheduled for Education Day on October 29th– you are sure to find something to entertain the different generations of your family. Admissions tickets are available for purchase online, and the festival is open on the weekends (Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.). 

For Garden’s Sake
Plant lovers can unwind at For Garden’s Sake (FGS) and take advantage of seasonal workshops including Fall Floral Arrangements, Preparing Your Houseplants for Winter, and How to Create “Spooky” Floral Arrangements. This nursery and landscaper offers an array of workshops, classes, and live music sessions at their gorgeous venue off Hwy 751. FGS has goats, a fall-decorated vintage truck (great for photo-ops!), and Potting Shed for refreshments (including mimosas!). Check out the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Event Page for details on dates and times. 

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
On Saturday, October 30th, explore the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro during its Halloween-themed tour from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Feel free to come in costume! Meet rescued farm animals and enjoy vegan candy, enchanting stories, and pumpkin carving.

Pittsboro Fall Street Fair
Another fantastic fall event on October 30th is the Pittsboro Street Fair. This annual festival will showcase local creativity with over 140 booths ranging from food vendors, performers, and musicians to craft merchants and handmade goods. This year’s activities will also include fun children’s entertainment and games to join. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., along the downtown streets of Salisbury, Hanks, and Fayetteville Streets, this free event will be a spectacular outing to peruse the traditional and locally crafted southern home wares of Chatham County on your search for holiday gifts. 

Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
Looking for a little Halloween fun? Join Chatham County Parks and Recreation on Saturday, October 30th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. for a FREE outdoor event at Northeast District Park. Activities will include pumpkin carving and painting, games, crafts, and a photo booth. 

Shop Pittsboro
The quaint town of Pittsboro offers a variety of storefronts where you can enjoy a fall afternoon. Complete a fall-themed craft at The Creative Goat, browse French Connections for unique gifts and home decor, and then grab a coffee or delicious pumpkin spice muffin at Aromatic Roasters. Don’t forget about First Sunday where you can meet with artisans and local businesses. During the First Sunday event on November 7th, Chatham Park and MOSAIC are proud to sponsor the Chatham Art Council’s Chatham Experience. This event will showcase art from 15 local artists who were awarded the JumpstART grant. Their work will be on display in both the Welcome Center and participating surrounding businesses. Pittsboro First Sunday is a family-friendly event with food trucks and live music. 

MOSAIC at Chatham Park
Experience the beginning of MOSAIC at Chatham Park. This 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development – located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501 – will provide upscale opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as space for businesses. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 13th, when MOSAIC will host the rescheduled last day of the MOSAIC Comes Alive series. Guests will enjoy an array of locally produced handicrafts and goods including delectable eats and drinks, and live music from renowned Counterclockwise String Band!

We love that these adventures are just a stone’s throw from Chatham Park but remember that you do not have to leave the community to enjoy the sights and sounds of fall. Watch the changing foliage on our beautiful nature trails, picnic at the Knight Farm Community Park, tour our stunning model homes in Vineyards at Chatham Park, and enjoy autumn in this live, work, play, learn community.

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Chatham Park Prepares a Full Schedule of Events for the 2021 Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes is a time to shine, and Chatham Park has already gotten out the polish – just look at the beautiful landscaping and lush flora along Vine Parkway! And that is just the beginning. We could not be more excited about this long-standing tradition in the Triangle and look forward to seeing you at the many fun events we have planned. As supporters of the popular home tour, we recognize the opportunity to highlight not just our homes but our community as a whole. From our convenient location and stunning views to our myriad of amenities and retail spaces, we know you are going to love what Chatham Park has to offer.

This year’s Parade of Homes will take place at Vineyards at Chatham Park October 2-3, 8-10, and 15-17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. With two homes available to tour, we are looking forward to welcoming prospective homeowners and interested passersby to our award-winning, technology-centric, master-planned community. 

View both of the 2021 Chatham Park Parade of Homes Entries: 

  • The Barnaby, part of Nonfiction by Garman Homes’ Quotables Collection, is located at 28 Edgefield Street in Pittsboro. This 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom design boasts over 2600 square feet and is the 2021 America at Home Study Concept Home. 
  • David Weekley will showcase the beautiful Careywood floor plan which can be found at 23 Plenty Court in Pittsboro. This decorated model home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms over its 2300+ square feet. 

You can also visit the Vineyards Information Center to learn about our custom homes nearing completion in the community.

In addition to the home tours, we have a full schedule of events to celebrate Parade of Homes at both Vineyards and MOSAIC including live music, food trucks, makers markets, and more. 

Through these events we will make sure to share updates on the latest and greatest in Chatham Park including new builders and product choices, new amenities, and new retail spaces. Information will be available from two of our newest builders Tri Pointe Homes and Homes By Dickerson at the Explore Chatham Park event at Vineyards on October 2nd. We will also host several grand openings at Chatham Park during the weeks of Parade of Homes including the Chatham Park Information Center at MOSAIC and new model homes in Vineyards by David Weekley Homes and Garman Homes. David Weekley will celebrate their Parade Home and Garman will introduce their “How Wonderful” plan. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the first three weekends of October and join us in Chatham Park for what is sure to be one of the best Parade tours to date!

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Chatham Park Plans for A New Community Amenity Coming Spring 2022!

Amenities are at the heart of the Chatham Park master-planned community. We are committed to offering residents and guests a community which encourages a well-rounded life. To achieve that goal, we continue to develop resources and facilities that will enhance the Chatham Park lifestyle and build on our five pillars of Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Healthy Balance, and Stewardship

Our next recreational venture, Paddles – a swim and pickleball amenity – will be the perfect complement to our community vision and provide area residents with even more leisure options. Scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend 2022, Paddles will be located in the Vineyards next to Knight Farm Community Park and will feature a six-lane competition-style pool with a slide, a kiddie pool, and a concession stand for future swim meets. Members will benefit from the cabanas, individual loungers, and outdoor showers. Outside of the swim area, plans are underway for eight pickleball courts, a nod to the growing popularity of this niche sport. Not familiar with pickleball? Easier to learn than tennis with less stress on the joints than aerobics, pickleball is a great way to stay healthy and meet your neighbors!

We are also excited to utilize Paddles as our new Information Center for the Vineyards. The club building will boast a sales center, offices and a kitchen area for sales center employees, a pool equipment room, restrooms, and a concession stand. Stay tuned as we will continue to introduce even more amenities to be delivered!

Membership at Paddles will be available to Chatham Park residents and non-residents alike. Fees and membership structure are still in development. 

We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting addition to Chatham Park as they become available. Paddles is just one more example of the incredible growth happening in our technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina. For more information on our current amenities, our homes, or how we are fulfilling our promises for more balanced lifestyle opportunities, visit us at www.ChathamPark.com.

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Chatham Park Summer Activities

Chatham Park is focused on providing its residents a high quality of life in all aspects from working and learning to relaxing and playing! There are many fun and exciting options this summer within Chatham Park and the Pittsboro area for people and families in all stages of life to enjoy. Whether you like to hike, swim, or just relax, we have found the perfect places and activities to explore in and around our neighborhood.

Knight Farm Community Park: Memorial Day weekend 2021 saw the dedication ceremony of Knight Farm Community Park, the first of many recreational parks and open spaces planned within Chatham Park. Just down the street from our Information Center, the park has already become an inviting staple in our development. The 10-acre park integrates natural materials repurposed from the site’s former farmland into its Natureground play area, a spacious dog park, and the measured walking trail around its perimeter. Knight Farm Community Park offers several fun activities for kids of all ages, including a large splash pad where colorful water fountains cool you off. Other activities include whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, a large multi-use field, a musical chime garden, and a covered pavilion with public restrooms and picnic tables. Walkable to downtown Pittsboro, Knight Farm Community Park is definitely the only one of its kind in Chatham County!

Downtown Pittsboro: When you live in the Vineyards at Chatham Park, you get much more than just beautiful scenery and neighborhood parks. You also get an intimate community that is within walking distance to the charming historic streets of downtown Pittsboro. Watch the daybreak over the iconic Chatham County Courthouse and clocktower while you munch on a freshly baked treat from Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls Etc.
Stroll quaint stores like New Horizons Downtown or French Connections where you can find everything from outdoor apparel and gear to jewelry, antiques, handmade crafts, and more. Pick up a meal and head home with authentic farm-to-table flavors from Angelina’s Kitchen. This Pittsboro staple creates Greek and New Mexican inspired dishes using local farm produce and meats. There are also family-friendly opportunities held throughout the season that you will not want to miss! For more ways that you can enjoy downtown living just steps away from your front door, visit the downtown Pittsboro website for summer activities and events.

Chatham Beverage District: Located at 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro, less than 2 miles from Chatham Park Information Center, Chatham Beverage District is a 17-acre campus dedicated to hand-crafted libations and local eats. Fair Game Beverage Co., Chatham Cider Works, Starlight Mead, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen are permanent residents of the district, offering tastings and tours of their award-winning products and processes. Hand-crafted, small-batch, and local spirits, wines, and ciders pair perfectly with the organic and sustainable kitchen fares provided by Copeland Springs. Rent a bicycle, join an axe-throwing contest, or try your tasty treats at the picnic tables located throughout the campus. Check out their website for each vendors’ hours and events.

Bynum Front Porch: Bynum, NC is a former mill town located on the Haw River. To preserve the old general store and post office, residents created a non-profit music and story-telling series centered on the front porch, a part of homes where many southern Americans gathered for conversation and song with their neighbors and families during hot summer evenings. On Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the summer, you can attend a free music concert or hear family-friendly lore shared from the porch stage. On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, the Bluegrass Circle Jam invites all levels of musicians and their instruments to join the acoustic porch pickin’ from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Storytelling night occurs on the 2nd Saturday from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Make sure to carry some cash to put in the hat when it gets passed around, as this is a completely donation-funded community event. 

Lower Haw River State Natural Area: With over 1,000 acres of preservation land, the Lower Haw River has hiking and running trails, canoe and kayak launches, top-rated bird watching and photography scenes, and is home to several endangered species and habitats. The Haw River Trail has two trailhead accesses and several miles of pathway inside Chatham County and makes up part of the 70-mile mixed use trail running from Haw River State Park to Jordan Lake Recreation Area. This hiking trail combines with the well-known Mountains-To-Sea trail and follows the Haw River down to Jordan Lake. 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area:  Jordan Lake is another popular destination near Chatham Park where many Triangle area residents enjoy spending their summer weekends. The state park offers hundreds of RV and tent camping sites, as well as playgrounds and swim beaches. Several boat ramps and a canoe/kayak launch get busy during the hotter months of the year, and anchoring in a quiet cove for floating or grilling is a favorite pastime for motorboaters. Water sports such as skiing, jet skiing, and knee-boarding are also excellent ways to enjoy a day on Jordan Lake. There are rental and excursion companies throughout the Triangle that provide RV and/or boat rentals, or even a guided boat or kayak trip for those unfamiliar with the area. Fishing is done year-round from one of the many docks or on the banks under the shade of trees. Designated swim areas are safely roped off and located close to the playgrounds and picnic tables for a convenient kid-friendly outing. 

Chatham Park is honored to provide a community that is convenient to an array of fun, family-friendly activities this summer. Whether you are a current or future resident of Chatham Park or just passing through, we hope that you will take advantage of these area attractions and make your summer of 2021 unforgettable! 

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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.

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Chatham Park Offers Residents Solar Power Options from Strata Clean Energy

As our country’s energy needs evolve, increased energy efficiency in residential homes is a critically important goal.  Chatham Park, a technology-centric neighborhood in Pittsboro, N.C., is at the forefront of innovations to increase the energy efficiency of residential homes.  The neighborhood is based upon five pillars which set forth the neighborhood’s values, and one of the most important of these pillars is innovation – using clean, cutting-edge technologies to build a better world.  In furtherance of these values, Chatham Park has been working with Strata Clean Energy to provide more energy-efficient options to Pittsboro residents.

Strata Clean Energy (formerly known as Strata Solar) provides features to reduce home energy usage and reduce pollution through solar energy, and its technologies are the perfect complement to Chatham Park’s commitment to Innovation and Stewardship.  

In particular, Chatham Park and Strata have teamed up to develop Tinker Farm, a 45-acre solar farm off Moncure-Pittsboro Road that can generate up to 5-megawatts of power.  Completely connected to the grid, Tinker Farm supplies sustainable energy to approximately 750 homes in the Pittsboro area. 

The energy generated by Tinker Farm is sent straight to Duke Energy’s power grid to provide immediate energy to those 750 houses – some of which are in Chatham Park – meaning that less energy is required from non-renewable energy sources.  “Chatham Park has made a commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability, and Strata is thrilled to be able to bring our experience to help realize this commitment,” said Director of Community Outreach Ashly Johnson of Strata Clean Energy. 

The development of Tinker Farm has shown the positive impact that Strata desires to leave wherever solar farms are utilized.  Not only does Tinker Farm provide clean energy to power homes in Chatham Park, but the entire system is built to help both plant and animal life to thrive.  For example, Tinker Farm includes native grasses, wildflowers, and white clover, contributing to the pollination process, providing food for bees, and providing nitrogen to enrich the quality of the soil.

“At Chatham Park, we believe that clean, sustainable technology can improve landscapes to create an environmentally-conscious community,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development.  “We welcome the inclusion of solar resources and solar technology to our homes and amenities.”

Chatham Park’s vision of Innovation and Stewardship is quickly becoming a reality. Enjoying the benefits of solar energy and the satisfaction in preventing pollution is made possible for Chatham Park homeowners with the help of Strata Clean Energy.