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Share the Harvest helps low-income Vermonters

RICHMOND-On Oct. 1, over 80 restaurants and food stores statewide will help 'Share the Harvest' with low income Vermonters. Participating locations will donate up to 15 percent of the day's sales to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont's (NOFA Vermont) Farm Share program. The funds will help low income Vermonters purchase fresh food from their local farmers.

In 2009, the Vermont Farm Share Program supported over 1,400 individuals statewide. Fifty Vermont farms provided shares for the program.

"Fresh food is often a major expense for people, whether it's grown here in Vermont, or out in California," said Dave Zuckerman of Full Moon Farm, a CSA in Hinesburg which grows food for 19 Farm Share participants. "This program is a great way to get local organic food into more people's hands while also supporting local farmers."

The following are Share the Harvest participating restaurants within the Eagle's circulation area (visit www.nofavt.org for a complete list):

Almost Home, Bristol, Bobcat Caf & Brewery, Bristol, Mountain Greens Market, Bristol, Healthy Living Caf , S. Burlington, Lake View House, S. Burlington, Pauline's Caf , S. Burlington, Pizza on Earth Charlotte, Good Times Caf , Hinesburg, the Waybury Inn E Middlebury, American Flatbread at the Marbleworks, Middlebury, Fire & Ice Restaurant, Middlebury, Green Peppers, Middlebury, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury, Bridge Street Caf & Grill, Richmond, Toscano Caf Bistro, Richmond, Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Sauce Shelburne, and Red Mill Restaurant, Vergennes.

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