Topics: Local food and agriculture

Orange County is home to many local food vendors. Farmers' markets showcase local agriculture frequently in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is also involved in crafting local beer.

New delivery service UberEATS arrives in Chapel Hill

UberEats, a delivery service platform powered by Uber, became available for Chapel Hill and the Triangle area last Wednesday. 


NCPIRG relaunches antibiotic campaign in aim to flip the food marketplace

With a mission to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism, UNC’s North Carolina Public Interest Research Group chapter actively works to educate the public on a wide array of issues. Their latest campaign focuses on tackling the overuse of antibiotics in factory farms.


Carrboro Market offers really really free community bonding and support

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The afternoon air was hot and humid as David Deming, a bus driver for the Town of Chapel Hill, tended to a pan of hot dogs set on top of an open flame. A plate of stacked hot dog buns, a salad, a dish containing rice and sausage and bunches of bananas sat on his beige folding table. 

Market attendees referred to him as the man who supplies the food - every first Saturday of each month for the last 11 years, save for a couple of exceptions, Deming has been at the Really Really Free Market giving out whatever food he has to offer. 


Harvest moon casts light on food insecurities

As the bright Harvest moon fills the Carolina sky, the Forest Theatre reveals an impeccably earthy setting surrounded by stone and greens inviting UNC to take a break from the day to reflect on the very thing that keeps us moving—food. 


Local seafood market supports coastal NC fishers every Wednesday

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Walking into Tom Robinson’s Seafood shop is like being transported to an old-fashioned fish market. The sharp smell of fish fills the air and customers browse for fish at the open counter. 

Tom Robinson’s Seafood is a fish market located behind the Armadillo Grill in Carrboro that has offered a reliable source of wild-caught fresh fish from North Carolina’s coast Thursdays through Saturdays for the past 40 years.  


Carrburritos still rolling forward 20 years later

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Rae Fairbanks Mosher,  never thought she would be a business owner. But now, as the owner and manager of Carrburritos — a restaurant in Carrboro that serves fresh Mexican food — she can't imagine doing anything else. 


It's a Coffee World at UNC, but where does that coffee come from?

UNC students have become accustomed to studying in the small coffee shops in the nooks and corners of Carrboro and Franklin Street. The many cafés in the area are home to groups of students and coffee lovers alike. 

And many of the local coffee shops are also home to ethically-sourced coffee beans.


Rising numbers of college students experiencing basic needs insecurity

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With the high prices of college tuition, a growing number of students are experiencing food and housing insecurity in both community colleges and four-year institutions.


Pizza places abound on Franklin Street

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 MidiCi will join the eight pizza restaurants on Franklin Street.

The California-based pizza chain is to open in the winter under Top of the Hill and across the street from the newly established pizza restaurant Lotsa. In addition to Lotsa, the area is already home to Italian Pizzeria III, Benny Cappella’s, Artisan Pizza Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom, Toppers Pizza, Papa Johns and I Love NY Pizza.


Al takes a bite out of Chapel Hill business scene

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From the moment he got behind a grill, Al Bowers knew he had a love for the food industry. Years after discovering his passion, Bowers is now the owner of Al's Burger Shack in two locations and Mel's Commissary in Carrboro.  


Maple View community unites to aid hurricane victims

Orange County residents stopped at Maple View Farm Ice Cream this weekend to drop off relief items, which were loaded into 26-foot U-Haul trucks and are heading to Florida and Texas next week.  


Chapel Hill holds watermelon eating contest

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Richard Crump slogged through watermelon guts to find glory as the winner of this year's DSI Watermelon Eating Contest, held in Kenan Memorial Stadium as a part of the The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration.


Protest against Wendy's raises awareness for farmworker abuses

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UNC students, members of Student Action with Farmworkers and other local residents joined the farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in a Boot the Braids protest on Friday demanding the removal of Wendy's from UNC's campus.


Carolina Cupboard prepares to move into new pantry location in the fall

Carolina Cupboard has postponed its move into another room of Avery Hall’s basement until the Week of Welcome in fall 2017.


Cook-off immerses students in Arabic culture

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The Arabic program hosted its first ever cooking competition Monday night..


Eats 101 continues barbecue event to fight food insecurity

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One in four kids face food insecurity in North Carolina, according to No Kid Hungry North Carolina.

To educate and help solve this issue, the Eats 101 class, an honors seminar in food and culture, joined forces with No Kid Hungry North Carolina to raise money and awareness of this issue with their event, Q for the Kids, on Thursday.


Protesters march against Wendy's for fair food and farmworkers rights

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Students, farmworkers and activists for workers’ rights marched through campus to the beat of guitar music and “boycott Wendy’s” chants Monday to protest the fast food restaurant’s refusal to join the Fair Food Program.


'Great Carolina Cook-Off' aims raise awareness for food insecurity

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On March 30, Hope Gardens is hosting The Great Carolina Cook-Off, in which eight student organizations will showcase their culinary talents in the hopes of taking home the $200 grand prize and a trophy.


UNC focuses on 'food for all' for third year of campus-wide theme

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For a third year, the UNC pan-university theme, “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives,” will bring initiatives and activities to campus — including a possible new major.


Handling hunger in Chapel Hill-Carrboro: 'PORCH filled the gap for us so well'

Mai Mai was two months pregnant when she fled a military regime in Burma in 2008. writer's notes 


Winner, winner, chicken… festival?

A bill proposed Feb. 14 would make Fayetteville the host of North Carolina's official fried chicken festival — though the city has yet to hold a fried chicken festival.


Vimala's hosts community lunch for refugees and residents

The Refugee Community Partnership co-hosted a community lunch on Sunday to welcome refugees with Love Chapel Hill church at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe on West Franklin Street.


New Target could change Chapel Hill's food desert classification

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It only takes a quick stroll to Franklin Street for Chapel Hill residents and University students to find snacks at CVS or Walgreens to stock up on for the week.


Food insecurity challenges undergraduates at UNC, nationwide

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A 2016 survey by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness reports that 22 percent of around 3,800 undergraduate respondents experienced very low levels of food security in the previous 30 days, qualifying them as hungry.


Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza will fill Jasmin's old spot on Franklin Street

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Franklin Street’s 10th pizza shop — Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza — will likely open this spring, replacing the Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro that closed in December.