Category Archives: Chatham County

A bevy of baby goats? I’m there!

One of my favorite twice-yearly events is Open Barn Weekend at Celebrity Dairy outside of Siler City. This spring’s dates are the weekends of February 12 and 13 (THIS weekend) and March 12 and 13, from noon to five, both … Continue reading

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‘Old Southern Apples': a Carolina keeper

Lee Calhoun – who you can hear speak on Feb. 10 — has done it again. The Chatham County resident and heirloom apple expert has updated his classic “Old Southern Apples,” which includes lists of heirloom apples available and those … Continue reading

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Food co-ops healthy inside and out

Informative, filling article on growth and relative health of Triangle food co-ops by Sue Stock in today’s News and Observer. The piece mentioned Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro, Weaver Street Market of Carrboro (and beyond) and the in-the-works Durham Central Market, … Continue reading

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View farm-inspired functional art firsthand

If you’re in the market for original, beautiful off-the-farm functional art, this weekend is your chance to visit my farm-fresh friend Roger Dinger of Reinbarnation. An artisan and all-around great guy, Roger finds new uses for old barns. He’s one … Continue reading

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Sharpen your ax for choose-and-cut Christmas trees

When I visited nearly every choose-and-cut tree farm in the NC mountains two years ago, I headed out on the first Saturday in December. Much to my delight, every other car had a Christmas tree strapped to its roof. That … Continue reading

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So much more than a peck of peppers

There’s nothing like a pepper fest to pep me up. Unfortunately, I won’t be in town for Sunday’s Pittsboro Pepper Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. at Piedmont Biofarm. Here are highlights: Pepper dishes from local chefs. A pepper tasting … Continue reading

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Are you up to the ‘Farmer Foodshare Challenge’?

I’ve been reading a lot about the “Farmer Foodshare Challenge” this Saturday at these Triangle farmer’s markets: Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Durham Farmers’ Market, South Estes Farmers’ Market in Chapel Hill and the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary. The challenge … Continue reading

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Fall crops, agritourism star on small screen Sept. 3

This just in from the marketing division of the NC Department of Agriculture. I can’t attest to the quality of the show, because I haven’t previewed it, nor did I see the spring segment, but here’s the skinny: “The second episode … Continue reading

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Small farmers, big headache

Insurance isn’t a topic I typically find riveting, but I was glued to the radio last week listening to Scott Marlow talk about how small farms have a hard time getting disaster insurance. Scott is director of Farm Sustainability programs … Continue reading

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What in tarnation? It’s Reinbarnation

Wessel and I have been doing a lot of bicycling lately in rural areas of North Carolina. If you’re not from these parts, you’re probably thinking, isn’t that all there is? While if you live in an NC metro area among … Continue reading

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