Farmer Foodshare, the nonprofit that collects donations at Triangle farmers' markets to buy fresh, local food for hunger relief agencies, is gearing up for a food and fundraising week.
From Tuesday to Saturday, Farmer Foodshare volunteers will be out at the markets trying to raise awareness about the problem of child hunger in North Carolina. (Our state is tied for first with Louisianna for children under 5 suffering from hunger.) One hundred percent of all donations will be used to purchase food from local farms for hunger agencies serving families. Or the public can buy food at the market and donate it at the Farmer Foodshare station for the same purpose.
Many of the participating markets will offer children's activities and live music.
Farmer Foodshare also is working with Chapel Hill's Community Empowerment Fund and Coon Rock Farm to purchase CSA's for two formerly homeless women. CSAs or (community-supported-agriculture) cost between $300 and $500 and allow consumers to get a weekly share of produce from a local farm. The public can purchase a CSA from any local farmer and Farmer Foodshare will work with local agencies to connect that gift with a family in need.
The participating markets and days next week (Sept. 18-22) include:
Tuesday: Fearrington Farmers Market
Wednesday: Carrboro Farmers Market
Thursday: Southern Village Farmers Market
Saturday: Carrboro Farmers Market, Chapel Hill Farmers Market, Chatham Mills Farmers Market, Durham Farmers Market, Eno River Farmers Market, Hillsborough Farmers Market, South Durham Farmers' Market, Western Wake Farmers Market