The Farmer Foodshare challege gears up next week

Posted by Andrea Weigl on June 12, 2014 

Farmers Foodshare founder Margaret Gifford, left, and farmer Kevin Meehan check the scales as she purchases food for the nonprofit hunger relief organization at the Carrboro Farmer's Market. Next week is the annual Farmer Foodshare challenge.

DAN SEARS — Dan Sears

The sixth annual Farmer Foodshare Challenge gears up next week: 100 percent of cash donations will be used to purchase fresh food from North Carolina family farms for hunger agencies feeding families.

Farmer Foodshare is a Triangle-based nonprofit that delivers local food to about 20,000 families via hunger agencies a year. This year’s challenge is designed to “create a winter buying reserve for purchasing fresh food for local hunger during the winter when food donations are scarce,” according to the press release.

Donations will be collected at these markets on these days:

Tuesday: Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market (possibly) and Fearrington Farmers’ Market.

Wednesday: Durham Farmers’ Market, Carrboro Farmers Market and Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market.

June 21: Cary Downtown Farmers Market, Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market, Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, Durham Farmers’ Market, South Durham Farmers’ Market, Eno River Farmers’ Market, Hillsborough Farmers Market, Pittsboro Farmers’ Market and Western Wake Farmers’ Market.

The cash donations will be directed to individual agencies including Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, TABLE, Porch, Healing Place and others.

In the spirit of putting up for winter, donation stations at the markets also will provide information for shoppers on preserving techniques, such as freezing, quick pickling and jamming.

Several Triangle businesses donated raffle items to support the fundraising challenge. The raffle items include gift cards and baskets, t-shirts, pint glasses and more available on the Farmer Foodshare website. Purchase raffle tickets online at farmerfoodshare.org/farmer-foodshare-challenge/. The drawing will be held June 21.

The donated raffle items came from Caffe Driade, Carrboro Coffee Company, The Cupcake Shoppe, Flyleaf Books, Foster’s Market, Locopops, Market Street Coffee, The Pig, Pine State Flowers, Sandwhich, Steel String Brewery, Videri Chocolate and Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe.

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