Farmers’ markets sponsor fresh food drive Saturday

September 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Carrboro Farmers Market

Shoppers can support sustainable agriculture AND feed the hungry by participating in the Triangle Farmer Foodshare Challenge at four local farmers’ markets Saturday morning from 8 to 12 noon. The goal is to deliver over 4,000 pounds of fresh food to local food banks.

Farmers’ markets in Carrboro, Durham, Chapel Hill (South Estes) and Cary (Western Wake) are participating.  The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will provide support for food pick up and delivery at all markets across the Triangle and help to ensure that the food goes to recipients who can use it immediately.

Shoppers may donate cash for the cause or purchase farm fresh food themselves and donate it directly. There will be activities for kids, locally grown seasonal produce, grass-fed meats, eggs, artisanal pastries, breads and desserts, and lots of fun for all.

“The Carrboro Farmers Market is very excited to see the Farmer FoodShare program spread throughout our area,” said Sarah Blacklin, manager, Carrboro Farmers’ Market. “We look forward to working with our sister Farmers Markets to grow food access in our larger community.”

Anyone who cannot shop the markets on Sept. 25 is invited to donate online at The Abundance Foundation’s web site, http://theabundancefoundation.org/farmer-foodshare, and volunteers will buy market foods for the Challenge with donated funds.

Each farmers’ market will donate to local charities, including Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, TABLE Ministries, Urban Ministries, as well as local senior centers and churches that feed the hungry in each community.

Volunteers from each market, as well as UNC’s Fair Local Organic student organization and the Society of St. Andrew will help to collect the food.

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