Consumer Reports finds packaged products that are full of air

Did you ever wonder why some packaged products in the grocery store have so much empty space in them? Consumer Reports’ recent investigation turned up several products with packages that are as much as half empty. Those include One A Day Men’s 50 +…

Berries or no berries, that is the question

There are at least four species of holly, both evergreen and deciduous, that are native to Chatham County and others that do well here, especially several Chinese varieties and some hybrids. Despite their extensive use as a foundation plant, Japanese h…

Chatham County farmer named farmer of the year

At the recent Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference held Dec. 4-6 in Black Mountain, Chatham County farmer Doug Jones of Piedmont Biofarm was named Farmer of the Year from nominees submitted from both North a…

Controlling eleagnus

Two kinds of eleagnus are a problem in the Southeast – Eleagnus pungens ( Silverberry, is an evergreen, thorny eleagnus) and Eleagnus umbellata (Autumn Olive, is a deciduous, less thorny eleagnus). They are quite prevalent in the woods this time of the…

A Walk in the Country art exhibit

The August/September Art Exhibit at the Carolina Brewery and Grill in Pittsboro is joyous exploration of today’s Chatham County country life. Phyllis Burns, Shannon Bueker and Cherie Westmoreland craft charming animals and pastoral scenes in clay and…