On Wednesday, Oct. 25 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe at 617 West King Street for the monthly event where a local business, groups, or organizations ‘Buys Boone Lunch’. 4 Forty Four construction of Blowing Rock is participating for the third time. They were the first business to support F.A.R.M. Cafe through this program a year ago in October of 2016.
The monthly ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ days are similar to regular days at F.A.R.M. Cafe where guests can donate what they are able for a great lunch. However, with 4 Forty Four covering the cost of the meal on Wednesday October 25 through a generous donation, each and every additional donation will be utilized by the cafe in its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country.
Kevin Troyer of 4 Forty Four first learned of this opportunity at a Boone Chamber of Commerce business breakfast at the cafe in the summer of 2016. On Wednesday Troyer and his employees will not only be ‘buying lunch’ but will also be serving as volunteer servers, cooks, and dishwashers working with the Cafe staff. Following their day last October the experience led Troyer to say, “As we think about helping others and F.A.R.M. Cafe in particular our minds conclude three specific things: We at 4 Forty Four, first and foremost wanted to help F.A.R.M. Cafe fulfill its purpose and mission. We recognize that organizations such as F.A.R.M. Cafe cannot exist in isolation. They need community to support and collaborate with them. Finally, it is the right thing to do. It feels good to serve and help others.”
“We’re really looking forward once again to this opportunity to support F.A.R.M. Cafe”, said Troyer, “we’re also excited to continue to introduce this community cafe to our clients, vendors, and friends. It is a great way to support and give back to this community that means so much to us.”
“We are very grateful to Kevin and the crew at 4 Forty Four for leading the way through the ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program” said Tommy Brown who serves as volunteer and development coordinator at the Cafe. “After a full year of this monthly program with local businesses, groups, and organizations we are confident that ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ is a win/win opportunity for businesses and business leaders like Kevin who understand the benefit of giving back to the community through support of local non-profit organizations such as F.A.R.M. Café.”
The businesses, groups, and organizations that have participated in the ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program through the past year include 4 Forty Four Construction, Boone Drug, Inc., MPrints, Best Cellar/The Inn at Ragged Garden, Tiffany Christian’s ASU First Year Seminar Class, High Country Radio, High Country UCC, Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Combs, Tennent & Carpenter, P.C.. Any business or group that is interested in learning how they can participate is welcome to contact Tommy Brown at F.A.R.M. Cafe.
As stated on the web-site (4fortyfour.com), “4 Forty Four is a community-oriented team of people that are very grateful to live and work in Western North Carolina. We take our job, as stewards of this community that you will live in, seriously. Our intent is to reach beyond traditional business models to actively and responsibly engage our community, not merely service it. We value relational capital and treating people right. This starts in our office where all team members are treated like family and extends to you, our clients, who we strive to involve at every level of our systematic process.”
F.A.R.M. Café is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can community kitchen that builds a healthy and inclusive community. It provides high quality and delicious meals produced from local sources when available, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means. The Cafe is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on F.A.R.M. Cafe and its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country please visit the website at Farmcafe.org.