Cabot Farmer-Owner Tammy Barnes (left) and SVP of Marketing Roberta MacDonald talk about Cabot’s Gratitude Grill, which served lunch at Coastal Federal Credit Union Monday, September 12, 2016. The Coastal FCU event is part of a month-long series of events in the Carolinas in partnership with the Cooperative Council of North Carolina.
Cabot, a New England-based dairy cooperative owned by 1.200 farm families, is serving up food, fellowship and smiles in the Carolinas! Cabot’s 2016 Community Tour includes a series of events in North Carolina and South Carolina through early October.
Held every other year, this is Cabot’s third Community Tour event. Cabot’s goal with the tour is to celebrate amazing people and organizations, like cooperatives and their members, who make conscious business and lifestyle choices to better their communities.
This year, Cabot partnered with the NC Cooperative Council in its swing through the Carolinas. On September 8, the co-op supplied cheese and raffle prizes to Fertile Ground Food Cooperative’s monthly community meeting. FGFC is a group of residents, leaders and visionaries seeking to establish a multi-stakeholder cooperative that increases access to healthy/affordable food and serves as a community and cultural center in Southeast Raleigh.
On Sunday, Cabot made a stop at Weaver Street Market for the Co-op Fair event and one day later served lunch to Coastal Federal Credit Union employees. Cabot SVP Roberta MacDonald also spoke with the Coastal staff about sharing the cooperative message with members and the broader community.
The tour will continue with a series of events at North Carolina credit unions, food co-ops and a telephone cooperative in Yadkinville. The tour concludes in the SC Upstate October 4 with an event at Turbine FCU in Greenville. For a complete list of tour events, please click here.
While some events are private, many are open to the public. “Each event is a little different,” said Cooperative Council Executive Director Emily Nail. “Some are educational in nature, while others provide opportunities for networking and socializing. Each will feature Cabot Creamery Cooperative and their outstanding cheeses and dairy products.”
Several of the events feature the Cabot Farmer’s Gratitude Grille, a full service traveling kitchen where Cabot chefs prepare healthy delicious meals to feed hungry volunteers. “The farm families that own Cabot are often the first to volunteer in their communities,” said Cabot Communications Manager Nate Formalarie. “We look to mirror those values in everything Cabot does. Volunteerism and service stand to make local communities across North Carolina and the rest of the country stronger and more vibrant. Cabot wants to show their gratitude to those making a difference.”
“We’re thrilled to have Cabot come to North Carolina and bring people together,” said Nail. “We’re so grateful for their partnership and commitment. The council believes strongly in providing opportunities for cooperative employees to come together, learn from — and about — one another so that we can better promote al the great things co-ops do in North Carolina,” Nail added.