Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Share your food at the Atherton Market

If you go by the Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd., on Saturday, you'll be able to see a new project: The Farmer Foodshare Donation Station.

(And if you go to the Atherton Market today, remember that it'open from 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.)

At the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station, shoppers can donate fresh food bought from the stalls or cash that volunteers will use to buy fresh food. The food will go to Friendship Trays, the Dilworth Soup Kitchen and Urban Ministries.

The Farmer Foodshare program is already operating at Carrboro Farmers Market near Chapel Hill. Since May 2009, farmers and shoppers have provided more than 41,078 pounds of food to feed the hungry.

As a regular farmers market shopper, I have to say this one is a great idea. I'd happily buy two heads of cauliflower instead of one, or an extra bucket of peaches to make sure somebody else's family gets to eat fresh, locally grown food.

To help the program get started, Harvest Moon Grille will host a dinner Monday with Joe Kwon of the Avett Brothers helping out in the kitchen. A percentage of the proceeds will be used get Farmer Foodshare off to a good start. Reservations are strongly recommended. There are no tickets, just the usual cost of dinner entrees, which usually runs from $16 to $25. Get more details here.


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Willa said...

I shall subscribe to this.

In response to your column in this morning's paper, I do have a comment. Time may not be the only consideration in backing into a parking place. Three and a half years ago, my mom (then 89) was returning to her car when someone backing out of a parking place ran over her. Mother spent 5 weeks in a trauma center and recovered fairly well all things considered.

She had been living in her own home managing her own affairs to that point. Now she is in assisted living and my sister and I spend lots of time and energy making all this work for mother. Three lives were changed forever by a minute's carelessness.

While I don't back into parking places, I do look for ones that I can pull through and leave without backing out. There are parking lots I avoid because of lack of pull through spots. I park somewhere else and walk in.

I have not noticed folks backing into parking slots but I don't think it would make me impatient to wait for that. Sometimes perspective makes a difference.