You don't have to handle a hoe to "Share the Harvest." On Thursday, October 5, 73 Vermont restaurants and food markets will donate up to 15 percent of the day's proceeds to help low-income individuals purchase farm shares for the summer of 2007. The Northeast Organic Farming Association organizes the annual fundraiser for its Vermont Farm Share Program.
NOFA's Becca Weiss says the money raised during "Share the Harvest" goes to provide about 800 Vermonters, many of them seniors, a selection of fresh fruits and veggies each week during the harvest - 22 weeks in all. The goal is to reach those "at the highest risk of poor nutrition and hunger," according to the organization's website.
It's cause for checking out Christophe's on the Green in Vergennes, the Inn at Shelburne Farms, or any one of the participating businesses listed at http://www.nofavt.org/annual-events/share-the-harvest.php. While some participants do see an increase in business on the day of the event, which coincides with foliage season, "most of these restaurants are doing this from their hearts," says Weiss.