Local restaurants helping fund Farm Share program
VERMONT — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is organizing the 21st annual Share the Harvest event, to be held at more than 52 food businesses around the state on Oct. 1.
Up to 15 percent of sales on this day at participating restaurants, co-ops, and stores will be donated to NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program, which assists limited-income Vermonters in obtaining farm fresh fruits and vegetables through subsidized shares in CSA (community supported agriculture) programs.
Local establishments signed up to take part as of Sept. 15 were the Red Mill Restaurant at Basin Harbor in Ferrisburgh, and six Middlebury businesses: American Flatbread, Courtyard by Marriott, Fire and Ice, Green Peppers, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op and Stone Leaf Teahouse.
In 2015 there are more than 1,400 individuals receiving CSA shares from the Vermont Farm Share Program and a waiting list of others hoping to participate. When customers shop or dine at participating businesses on Oct. 1 they help NOFA-VT meet a fundraising goal of $17,000 for the Farm Share Program.