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Floods hit Blenheim hard; brunch at Foode today will benefit farm

Lawrence Latane of Blenheim Organic Gardens in Westmoreland County holds a bean from a crop that was damaged by heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

Katie Thisdell writes in today’s paper about the physical and financial damage last week’s flooding brought to Blenheim Organic Gardens in Westmoreland County.

In the story, she reports that Blenheim, a regular vendor at the Fredericksburg farmers market, has missed the last three weeks of market sales, and only had enough produce to take to the Williamsburg market this week. The farm’s fall CSA will be capped at 30 members instead of 50 because of the lower yield expected from the flood-damaged fields.

All of this translates to a major loss of income for the farm.

Blenheim is a major produce supplier to Foode, a restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg. Today, Foode will be donating 15 percent of the proceeds from its brunch service to the farm. Here is the e-mail Foode sent out about the event:

Over the past several weeks, due to the extraordinary weather conditions in the area, the folks at Blenheim Organic Gardens have suffered significant losses to their crops. Beyond FOODE’s professional relationship with Blenheim, one of the restaurant’s main suppliers of fruits & vegetables, we have come to know and love the farmers, the Latane family, as part of the Foode family.

In order to help them as they replant their crops, rebuild the road to the farm and have a bountiful fall season; we will be donating 15% of all profits from this Sunday’s Brunch Service to the recovery of Blenheim Organic Gardens.

Please join us for the important event.

When: This Sunday, September 18, 2011

Where: FOODE

Time: 10am – 2pm

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