C and I had business in downtown Pittsboro the other day, so decided to make a whole outing of it. And since mama was very, very hungry, we swung in to Chatham Marketplace off of 15/501.
This is a local co-op and very similar to Weaver Street Market. There are fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh made pastries next to the coffee bar. Yet you can also do some limited grocery shopping here so they have baby foods and items as well.
The major differences between the 2 co-ops I saw were as follows:
- The sandwiches here are to die for. They are so good! Instead of premade and shrink-wrapped, Chatham Marketplace makes their sandwiches fresh for you while you wait. They have diavolo sauces, brie, hams, turkeys, cheeses, and fresh breads. The sandwich I got was so good, I was so impressed and happy.
- There is very little indoor seating here (unless I am missing something?). Very little. And very little room in that seating area to maneuver a stroller. The dining-in here option is more for the outside. Chatham Marketplace has a beautiful spot outside to picnic. And, indeed, there were a few families there on our visit that had brought blankets and toys to sprawl out on the yard.
Chatham Marketplace has a big, covered front porch too that has a huge bin of toys, clearly labelled so. C loves getting into this bin while there and has spent good times entertained by the train. While it is outside so might not be the cleanest or the best quality toys, TOYS ARE TOYS. We love that these are here.
Near the outdoor seating on the lawn is a huge sandpit, complete with sand toys as well! It's wonderful.
And if your kids are horticulturally inclined, there is a pollination garden with herbs and wildflowers galore that is quite gorgeous to gaze at.
Chatham Marketplace also hosts some fun events that look very kid-friendly. This includes Sunday Brunch music series featuring local talent.
480 Hillsboro Street, Ste 320,
Pittsboro, NC 27312