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Restaurants to "share the harvest"

MIDDLEBURY On Oct. 2, over 75 restaurants and food stores statewide will help Share the Harvest with limited income Vermonters. Participating locations will donate up to 15 percent of the days sales to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermonts (NOFA Vermont) Farm Share program, which helps Vermonters in need purchase fresh food from their local farmers. 2008 has been a time of particular need, said Jean Hamilton, who coordinates the NOFA Vermont Farm Share program. Food prices are up world-wide and were seeing that hit Vermont: for the first time ever we have filled the program and were forced to start a waiting list of people looking for assistance. In 2008 the Vermont Farm Share Program supported over 1,000 individuals statewide and donated 15 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to food shelves and community centers. Forty one organic farms provided shares for the program. I love seeing my toddlers eyes light up when we tell him it is our day to visit the farm, said Sara L. who receives a share from the Farm Share Program in Brattleboro. Thanks to our farmers and NOFA Vermont, our toddler is participating in a community where choosing healthy, local and organic foods is the norm. We would not have been able to afford our CSA share if it wasn't for our NOFA Vermont scholarship. The Farm Share Program is an innovative model which connects those in need with their local farmers. The program works like this: eligible Vermonters fill out an application and are matched with a CSA farmer in their area. The participant pays 50 percent of the cost of a share. The farmer asks other CSA shareholders to donate money to support the program which makes up another 25 percent of the cost. NOFA Vermont raises the final 25 percent through the Share the Harvest fundraiser. Farm Share is about farms supporting community and community supporting farms, said Suzanne Long, whose CSA, Luna Bleu Farm, is providing supported shares to 13 households. We really like the opportunity to be able to serve many people in the community who might not normally be able to afford a share. Share the Harvest is a win-win situation for restaurants to support local farmers and for local farmers to support people in need, said Pennie Beach of The Red Mill Restaurant at Basin Harbor. For a listing of participating restaurants and food markets, visit www.nofavt.org. Share the Harvest Participating Restaurants: LACE Barre Mister Zs Barre Colatina Exit Bradford South End Market Bradford Brattleboro Food Co-op Brattleboro Mountain Greens Market Bristol A Single Pebble Burlington American Flatbread * Burlington Leunigs Burlington Penny Cluse Caf_ Burlington Splash at the Boathouse Burlington Sugarsnap Burlington The Skinny Pancake Burlington Three Tomatoes Trattoria Burlington Trattoria Delia Burlington Healthy Living Caf_ S. Burlington Lake View House S. Burlington Paulines S. Burlington Pizza on Earth Charlotte Abbey Restaurant Enosburg Falls Sweet Clover Market Essex Foothills Bakery Fairfax Highland Lodge Greensboro Buffalo Mountain Co-op Hardwick Claires Restaurant Hardwick Good Times Caf_ Hinesburg Three Tomatoes Trattoria Lebanon, N.H. Mulligans of Manchester Manchester Village New Morning Natural Foods Manchester Perfect Wife Restaurant Manchester The Waybury Inn E Middlebury American Flatbread at the Marbleworks * Middlebury Fire & Ice Restaurant Middlebury Green Peppers Middlebury Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Middlebury Capitol Grounds Montpelier Hunger Mountain Coop Caf_ontpelier Julios Montpelier Langdon Street Caf_ Montpelier Restaurant Phoebe Montpelier Rhapsody Montpelier Sarduccis Montpelier The Black Door Montpelier Rolands Place New Haven The Inn at Weathersfield Perkinsville Positive Pie Plainfield Putney Food Co-op Putney Quechee Farmers Diner Quechee Patricks Place Randolph Bridge Street Caf_ Richmond Toscano Richmond Three Tomatoes Trattoria Rutland The Inn at Idlewood Sharon Marceaus Fine Foods Sharon Inn at Shelburne Farms Shelburne Bistro Sauce Shelburne South Royalton Market S Royalton Jeffs Maine Seafood St. Albans Natural Provisions St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury Food Co-op St. Johnsbury Green Mountain Inn Stowe Pie in the Sky Stowe Isabells Caf_ E. Thetford Red Mill Restaurant Vergennes American Flatbread * Waitsfield Localfolk Smokehouse Waitsfield Millbrook Inn and Restaurant Waitsfield Sweet Pea Natural Foods Waitsfield Michaels Good to Go Warren The Alchemist Waterbury Arvads Grill and Pub Waterbury Hen of the Wood Waterbury Upper Valley Co-op White River Jct Garden of Eatin Williston Three Tomatoes Trattoria Williston Hundredth Monkey Wilmington Woodstock Farmers Market Woodstock * Participating on Friday Oct. 3.

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