Our "Music for Farms" weekend was a big success thanks to our fantastic musicians and generous audiences. On Saturday Nov 12 we packed the barn at the Green Mountain Girls farm with children sitting on the floor in the front row. Emanuel (violinist from Montreal), John (pianist from the Hudson Valley), and Julia (cellist from NYC) joined Mary and me for a program of very eclectic music ranging from a french-canadian fiddle tune to Indian classical music. Following the concert, the Green Mountain Girls hosted a scrumptious ham dinner for the entire audience.
On Sunday Nov 12 we brought the show to the Mad River Valley where we performed at the Big Picture Theater and Cafe where an incredibly enthusiastic audience welcomed us warmly. The concert was followed by a pie potluck with delicious pies (I tried them all!) At intermission Jillian Abraham of Small Step Farm filled us in on what life is like for local farmers post-Irene. She painted a grim yet hopeful and incredibly touching picture for us. All donations accepted as admission for both concerts went towards local farms. The Vermont Community fund was gracious to allocate our donations to farms in need. The $821 raised in Waitsfield is allocated to farms affected by Irene in the Mad River Valley. The $836 raised in Northfield divided between farms in Northfield, Montpelier, and the Winoosky Valley affected by Irene and a new subsidized farm share program at the Green Mountain Girls Farm which will help more people afford great food.