Monday April 22, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

National Volunteer Week marks a special time of year for The Fresh Air Fund, and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to our dedicated Fresh Air volunteers, hosts and supporters in Southern Vermont. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2013 National Volunteer Week theme, "Celebrating People in Action."

Fresh Air volunteers work in several capacities throughout the year in 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada to help make The Fresh Air Fund’s programs possible. Fresh Air host families open their homes and share the everyday joys of summertime with their Fresh Air friends. Our local volunteer leaders -- many of whom are also hosts -- serve on our local committees, plan summer activities, publicize the program and interview prospective host families. Additionally, individuals and local businesses give generously of their time and resources to make The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program throughout this area a great success each summer.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children since 1877. For more information on how you can help to continue this wonderful tradition of volunteering, please call The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003 or visit www.freshair.



org.

Jenny Morgenthau,

executive director,

Fresh Air Fund, April 15

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Editor of the Reformer:

Now that the hustle and bustle of our market season has ended, it’s time for some thank yous! On behalf of the vendors and organizers of the Winter Farmers’ Market, a big thank you goes first and foremost to our customers. From our regular weekly shoppers, to the many visitors in the area who discovered our market and enjoyed the great local products and sense of community, the collective dollars our customers spent this season set new records for the market. This means you, our customers helped to strengthen the local economy -- especially the local agriculture economy -- and every dollar spent at the farmers market will circulate multiple times through the hands of other local businesses.

In addition to our customers, another big thank you goes out to supporters of our Market Match Coupon Program. Thank you to Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, the Brattleboro Food Coop, NOFA-VT, Orchard Hill Breadworks and Post Oil Solutions. And thanks also to the community partners who helped us get the word out about this important food access program. In addition, thanks to everyone who purchased coffee, tea or our beautiful Winter Farmers’ Market canvas tote bags since all of the proceeds from those sales also go directly to funding the Market Match Program.

Another thank you goes out to our great neighbors, Donna & Larry Simons of A Candle in the Night, as well as Tim Chock & Barbara Walsh of The Brattleboro Bicycle Shop, whose neighborly generosity made all the work that goes into opening and closing the market each week a good bit easier.

A big thank you also goes out to the Brattleboro Time Trade, whose members helped us to fill some of the volunteer jobs that make the market happen each week, from helping to set up in the morning to putting the River Garden back together and depositing our compostables at the end of the day. And on that note another thank you is due to the Brattleboro Food Coop for helping us to reduce our trash impact.

Thanks also to the wonderful community of local musicians who filled the River Garden each week with an amazing array of beautiful sounds from fiddle, piano, blues guitar and ukulele, to Indian slide guitar, Balkan dance tunes, and a little swing! We are so blessed by your talent and generosity to the farmers market community.

On a personal note, a special thank you to Annik Paul, George Reed-Savory and Tim Stevenson, my amazing market team. I couldn’t do it without you.

And as we put this our seventh season of the Winter Farmer’s Market to bed, I also want to thank BABB, our "landlord" at the River Garden along with Andrea Livermore, for working with us over the past seven years for access to a great home for the Winter Farmers’ Market to open and grow. While the future of the River Garden remains uncertain, one thing we can say for sure -- it is our goal to secure a home in the downtown area where the Winter Farmers’ Market can continue to grow and provide year round access to fabulous local food, and that great feeling of community.

Sherry Maher,

market manager

Post Oil Solutions’ Winter Farmers’ Market,

April 16