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.

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Q & A with Crook's Corner chef Bill Smith Jr.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case in December about a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding because the service would violate his religious views. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission inspired Bill Smith Jr., head chef at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, to sign a "friend of the court" brief, submitted by the Human Rights Campaign, to show his support of gay rights. Staff writer Ashley Peterson spoke to Smith Jr. about why he chose to get involved. 


Students practice chants in the quad before the protest Monday.

Why are students protesting Wendy's?

Carolina Advocating for Gender Equity and Students United for Immigrant Equality co-hosted the “Boot the Braids” Wendy's protest on campus Monday. The protest stemmed from the fast food chain's refusal to join the Fair Food Program. 


The Really Really Free Market, an anti-capitalist event, held its monthly gathering on Saturday, marking thirteen years in Carrboro.

Carrboro Market offers really really free community bonding and support

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. 


Tom Robinson's Seafood restaurant is located in Carrboro.

Local seafood market supports coastal NC fishers every Wednesday

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.  


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Pizza places abound on Franklin Street

 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.


Chapel Hill resident Richard Crump competes in the 2017 DSI Watermelon Eating Contest. 

Chapel Hill holds watermelon eating contest

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.


The campus organization, Q for the Kids, put on a fundraiser to raise funds for the “No Kid Hungry” project which is striving to alleviate hunger across North Carolina.

Eats 101 continues barbecue event to fight food insecurity

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.