Though the local food coin-op offers an impressive selection of organic products, most shoppers find it's not worth the trouble of lugging a pillowcase full of quarters to the store. Today's deal gives you a more convenient way to quell an insurgent appetite while still keeping the community in mind. For $15, you get $30 worth of organic, locally grown groceries and fresh café meals at Chatham Marketplace. This locally owned Pittsboro food dispensary is located about 45 minutes west of downtown Raleigh.
Chatham Marketplace stocks its shelves and crams its crawlspaces with the highest-quality natural and organic products, many of which come from local suppliers. The Marketplace hand selects the finest dairy items from Homeland Creamery, the choicest coffee from Joe Van Gogh, and a full line of meats, baked goods, beer, wine, and health and beauty aids from such suppliers as Eastern Carolina Organics. Even the non-local products (including artisanal cheeses from only the smallest, most fairy tale–compliant European farms) are organic, fair trade, and use fewer chemical preservatives. The hormone- and antibiotic-free eggs and meats are free-range and roam the store at will. No animal testing is used on anything, and Chatham's pantry-stuffers employ little to no food coloring. The produce is also locally grown, so its eclectic lineup of arugula, herbs, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, pecans, peppers, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, and beyond changes more often than the chords in a prog-rock song.
To test food on humans rather than animals, Chatham Marketplace's café lets patrons fill up on fresh, homemade pastries, breakfast croissant sandwiches, made-to-order coffee and espresso drinks, loaves of Weaver Street bread, cannoli, éclairs, and seasonal cakes and pies. Homemade soups, grilled paninis, and cold prepared salads are available any time. During Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), you can also dive into made-to-order omelettes or shrimp 'n' grits. Everyone can buy up to two Groupons, so sample both the café and the grocery shopping at Chatham Marketplace co-op. Though groceries vary in price, patrons can expect to spend around $10 for lunch, $2.99 on homemade cannoli, and $1.39 a cup on local coffee.
480 Hillsboro St.
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312Get Directions