In her latest newsletter, Sarah Blacklin of the Carrboro Farmers Market reminds everyone that the market is open for the first Saturday of 2010 and looks back over 2009.
Blacklin notes that the market’s farmers and customers who donated produce and cash to the Farmer FoodShare’s December food drive raised over 900 pounds of food to feed the hungry in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This food drive brings the year-end totals to over seven tons (14,364 pounds) of top quality locally-grown food collected and distributed to hunger relief organizations in Orange, Durham, Wake and Chatham Counties.
Blacklin says the farmers market community has demonstrated that with the right level of commitment and innovation, “We can not only feed our community, but we can also support our farmers and grow a healthier local food system.”
Blacklin promises that Farmer FoodShare, in partnership with local groups like the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services’ FoodFirst initiative, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and many others will continue to look for ways to address the challenge of local hunger systematically in 2010. You can find out more by visiting the farmers market or contacting Margaret Gifford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 967-6464 to volunteer or make donations.