SHREWSBURY — A concert on Friday at the Community Meeting House will benefit the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) Farmacy Project, Rutland County’s Food as Medicine Prescription program.
Emma Hileman, Farmacy project director for the VFFC, said the project is in its seventh year.
“Members are signed up through their health care providers to receive a free CSA (community supported agriculture) share that we curate here at the Vermont Farmers Food Center. Most of our members have chronic health conditions and they need more fruits and veggies in their diet. We partner only with local farmers so this food is grown in the county. All of the money is going to the county,” she said.
Participants who have been referred by their health care provider and then approved, don’t pay for the food because the program is supported by state and federal grants as well as fundraising, Hileman said.
The event is also supported by what Hileman called a “really great meat donation” from Spring Lake Ranch, in Cuttingsville, which resulted in 200 grass-fed hamburger beef patties.
The event is billed as a “Burger Night” with music by Addison County-based trio, Va-et-vient.
Suzanne Germain, a member of Va-et-vient, said she and the other members, Carol Reed and Lausanne Allen, perform song from Quebec, France and Louisiana.
“French songs from around the world. Traditional music. … It’s really upbeat, happy music,” she said.
All the members sing, and they accompany themselves using fiddle, mandolin, guitar and flute.
Germain said Friday will