Made in Orange County, NC

Made in Orange County, NC features local products that are affectionately and passionately made right here in Orange County.

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese

Already established as a local producer (Boxcarr Farms is 30 acres of vegetables, pigs, chickens, and goats) and in the catering business known as {local} In Motion catering, the Genke team at Boxcarr Farms ventured into the craft of making and selling artisan cheese.

Genke Family, Boxcarr Farms

With the support of friends and family, production began in their 2,900 square foot cheese making facility located in Cedar Grove, North Carolina.

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese is inspired by the small country farmsteads of Italy and made with passion and hard work that is this first generation farming family's motto. Milk for the cheeses are locally sourced from Jersey and Holstein cow's raised by a long-time neighbor and Alpine, Nubian and Saanen goats from a nearby goat dairy. Boxcarr is currently producing nine varieties of cheese, one of which (Cottonseed) recently won a Good Food award (2017).

You can find Boxcarr Handmade Cheese here locally at Weaver Street Market, Southern Season and Whole Foods Market, in select locations in Durham, Raleigh and Pittsboro and across North Carolina in Asheville, Charlotte, and Greensboro.

So come visit for a taste of Orange County, NC and Boxcarr Handmade Cheeses. But if you can't make it anytime soon you’re in luck, Boxcarr cheeses are available at select locations in 13 other states!

(Header photo by Boxcarr)


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Local Artisans

Before heading back home, be sure to pick up

a taste of Orange County!


Accidental Baker artisan flatbread crackers using locally milled flour is baked in Hillsborough and sold at area stores.

Blakemere Company clotted cream, the taste of England right here in Chapel Hill; their signature item is their Devonshire Delight.  Southern Season, Weaver Street Markets and Whole Foods.

Bloody Brando Bloody Mary Mix – Locally made in Chapel Hill with a 'secret recipe' handed down through generations and proudly mixed at several local bars or for purchase at Southern Season.

FEATURED: Box Carr Farms Handmade Cheese – Italian inspired cheeses made in Cedar Grove just north of Hillsborough. Locally these cheeses can be found at all three Weaver Street Markets, Southern Season and Whole Foods.

Busy Bee Apiaries’ Honey – Local sweetness from Chapel Hill. Found at many local stores plus Maple View Farm Store and Hillsborough BBQ.

Carrboro Coffee Roasters Coffees – 30 types of coffee both regular and decaf. For a cup of coffee visit the two cafes: Open Eye Café and Caffe Driade, and for the beans visit any local grocery store.

Chapel Hill Toffee – The gift that is good to give and better to receive! Found at Weaver Street Markets in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough besides many other stores and hotels in Chapel Hill.

Cottage Lane Kitchen award winning spicy pepper relish produced in Chapel Hill, buy online or available at Southern Season, Johnny's Gone Fishing, and Weaver Street Market.

Elodie Farms Farmstead Goat Cheese with homemade crackers, buy directly from the farm in Rougemont.

Farmer’s Daughter Pickles & Preserves – Award winning Preserves, Figs and Pickles which can be found at the Carrboro Winter Farmers’ Market, Panciuto in Hillsborough and Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill.

Hillsborough Cheese Company – Bloomin’ Sweet Ash Cheese plus others can be found at the Eno River and Chapel Hill Farmers’ Markets and Weaver Street Markets.

Just Bee Apiary in Chapel Hill– Citrus Pepper Infused Honey and Short or Tall-Barrel Aged Whiskey Honey that can be found in area stores, restaurants and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in 2004,

Little Red Wagon Granola makes six varieties of granola from natural ingredients. First appearing at the Carrboro Farmers Market in 2004, it is now available in  22 states as well as Canada.

Luna Pops makes handcrafted all natural frozen pops in flavors such as their award winning Hibiscus Lemon. Other flavors, seven in all include Cookies & Cream, Rhubarb lime and Sea Salt Caramel, a family favorite!

Matthew’s Chocolates – Handmade works of art found in Matthew’s shop on Churton Street downtown Hillsborough.

Plowgirl Farm Honey – Honey, vegetables and did we mention honey? Find this sweet treat at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market and bee pollen in Dingo Dog craft beer named BEE de Garde!

Pluto’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce – BBQ and Jerk sauces, marinades and dry rub seasonings found at Whole Foods, Weaver Street Markets, Harris Teeter and Lowe’s Foods.

Sunshine Lavender Farm culinary lavender – this can be found on Etsy through their website or visit the farm during their 2 open houses scheduled for June and December.

Sweet Neecy Cake Mix – along with Chocolate, Original and Red Velvet which can be picked up at Whole Foods, Cliff’s Meat Market and Southern Season.

Tempeh Girl Tempeh - traditionally crafted, double fermented soy food with a meaty texture and versatility which can be found at Johnny’s in Carrboro and Weaver Street Markets.

Tonya’s Cookies – Tonya Council, Mama Dip’s Granddaughter’s crisp gluten-free cookies can be found at her store on Rosemary Street, at Mama Dip’s restaurant or Whole Foods.

Topo Organic Award-winning Spirits and Age Your Own Whiskey Kits found at the restaurant, tours at Topo Distillery and the local ABC stores.

Two Chicks Farm – Homemade sauerkraut and award-winning Kimchi and pickles for sale locally at Weaver Street Markets and the Carrboro and Eno River Farmers’ Markets.