MORRISVILLE – Salvation Farms invited Vermont’s Congresswoman Becca Balint to join them for an informational meeting last Wednesday, January 24. The organization’s executive director, Theresa Snow was joined by Salvation Farms’ Clearinghouse Director, Tony Risitano and two of Salvation Farms’ Board members, Jane Macan and Colin Giblin.
The meeting was hosted by the Center for an Agricultural Economy at their Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick, where Salvation Farms is a frequent renter of their commercial kitchen space to produce minimally processed, frozen food from surplus vegetables that Vermont farms have no market for. After a half hour conversation with Balint and her staff about Salvation Farms mission, vision, and work, Representative Balint received a short tour of the Vermont Food Venture Center prior to joining Salvation Farms staff and volunteers in the kitchen to prepare some locally-grown, surplus carrots for a quick blanch prior to freezing and bagging.
The carrots being processed on this day were donated by Pete’s Greens as they were not destined for any paying market. Once frozen, they will be stored and later distributed to food shelves and senior meal programs within the Lamoille Valley and Northeast Kingdom.