Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm hopes to collect 100 lbs. of fruit to feed food insecure children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro during the farm’s 2nd annual “Pick A Ton” fundraiser, Sunday, July 17, at 105 Persimmon Hill Lane in Cedar Grove.
For every 25 lbs of blueberries picked that day, Ceder Grove Blueberry Farm will donate one pound to Table NC.
The Summer Table program feeds children 3- to 14-years-old. Summer is often the time when children are most susceptible to hunger, when they aren’t receiving school meals, according to Table NC.
“We are so happy to be able to give out nutrient-dense foods like carrots and blueberries because these foods help kids’ minds and bodies to function properly, reduce sickness, increase energy, succeed in school, and so much more,” Table, Inc. Executive Director Ashton Chatham Tippins said.
“Raising awareness about how organic food is grown and the challenges of small farming is also an important aspect of the event,” says Lyndon Smith, co-owner of Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm.
“We experienced two late freezes this year and lost 70% of our fruit, so we have significantly less fruit than in years past. Even though the fruit isn’t as plentiful, we still chose to go ahead with the event and continue our mission; to bring our community closer together with food,” says Kether Smith, co-owner of Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm
The event is from noon to 5 p.m. on July 17 and includes an old-fashioned pig pickin’, fresh-pressed juice demonstration, yard games and fishing in the pond. Food, drink, pre-picked blueberries and produce from our sister farm, Nourishing Acres, will also be available.