Our Place in the World

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017

Our Place in the World

“Food is the one central thing about human experience that can open up both our senses and our conscience to our place in the world.”  Alice Waters It’s easy to forget that every choice we make (as family and community members, as students, teachers, parents, citizens, and consumers) affects not only us, but also our species as a whole. We form our environment, and we are a part of it. There is a give-and-take between our physical body and environment that unites the health and vitality of all living things....

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Heirlooms, Veggie lore, local Joys, and Telling Stories

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

Heirlooms, Veggie lore, local Joys,  and Telling Stories

It’s not easy to let go of our often-frustrated attachment to perfection, but heirloom produce can help. Heirloom produce, like comedy, is not pretty. Someone wrote that heirlooms have made “ugly” a good thing—many of us eagerly collect offerings of lumpy, scarred, multi-colored tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and more for higher prices because we love their taste and we delight in their differences. Without them, we may believe that all such produce is the same. (Our chefs use these amazing heirloom tomatoes in...

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Just Bee Local Honey–Home is where the Honey Is…!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017

Stories about the plight and life of bees and how they help us have been told often, and we’re glad to have honey from Chapel Hill’s Just Bee Apiary on our store shelves.  Learning more about all that feeds the art of what we sense and what we call home is a gift that keeps on giving. As Marty Hanks puts it, The idea that we do not need pollinators in greater numbers is like removing one of the spokes from a 5 spoke wheel and hoping it will continue to roll. Things are being written, experiments...

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Saturdays in Saxapahaw! June 10, 5-8pm

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

Join the fun at Saturdays in Sax, where farmers, musicians, weekenders, makers and revelers of all ages and sizes gather to celebrate Summer! Take in a little broken love, hope, and resurrection with your picnic and bubbles when The Pinkerton Raid takes the Haywagon Stage at 6pm. This is a talented, interesting group with a real investment and enthusiasm for their Durham community and for the creative life. Siblings and co-lead singers Jesse and Katie DeConto are deeply involved in Durham, N.C. Jesse is an...

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The Amazing MB Martin, Chef and Catering Wizard!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

The Amazing MB Martin, Chef and Catering Wizard!

This is Chef MB, a catering miracle-worker whose creations delight and are seemingly done without any visible dust or noise from her hours of labor. MB truly does make miracles happen, and I have heard wedding parties say, just in my short time working at the Store, that the food served at the wedding they attended at the Ballroom was the best they have eaten at any wedding. High praise! I sat down with MB (interrupting her rare break and tasty-looking lunch) and asked her a few questions about her food passions...

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