2014 Cabot Community Tour: Richmond – Columbia, VA

Because we believe that strong, healthy, and unified communities make for a better world.

Saturday June 7th, 2014
Richmond & Columbia, Virginia

Richmond Food Co-op Annual Picnic & Vicarious Travelers at the Richmond Library

What a fabulous day for Richmond Food Co-op’s Annual Picnic! Picnic goers were treated to the sounds of three bands as they enjoyed the creative flavors of the healthy side dishes picnickers brought to share. So many tasty dishes were entered in the healthy recipe contest! Our own Heather Mihalic was a member of the judging panel, and said it was extremely difficult to pick a winning dish as they were all delicious. The winner was treated to a Cabot Creamery Gift Bag filled with our new Farmers’ Legacy Collection cheddars. The remaining contestants didn’t go away empty handed. They each were given a goodie bag filled with Cabot treats to take home.

In addition enjoying great food, the kids bounced between an art center to face painting and performing tricks at the hula hoop station! Of course, there were many stops by the Cabot booth to sample our cheddars. All were encouraged to try our Light, Seriously Sharp, Alpine, Farmhouse Reserve, and White Oak Cheddar. Picnic goers gave them all a try as they did their best to identify their favorite flavor. Many had to give each sample a few tastes before they could pick their ultimate favorite. We were well prepared with plenty of cheese on hand and happy to watch them enjoy our tasty cheeses as they struggled to pick their favorite. It was a close race, but in the end the Alpine Cheddar squeaked by as the crowd favorite!!

A big “thank you” goes out to our partners the Richmond Food Co-op & GRAND (Greater Richmond Academy of Nutritionists & Dietitians) for a great day!

Vicarious Travelers at the Richmond Library

National Trails Day was the perfect time for our Cabot Community Tour cyclists to be the featured speakers at the Vicarious Travelers, a series hosted by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, Richmond Hostel Committee and Groundwork RVA. After an introduction by Niles Barnes of East Coast Greenway, Myron & Cathy Skott shared stories of their experience cycling the route from Florida to Maine… multiple times! After the talk, attendees were treated to refreshments (including Cabot cheddar, of course) and a hike along the riverfront sections of the East Coast Greenway through Richmond.

Tour rider Cathy Skott shares her experience from the day:

“At the Richmond Library the local lady set up a very nice room with wonderful fruit and beverages and a beautiful display of Cabot cheese and crackers, even gluten free. We mingled with Niles and Jenna for a short time. The meeting started, Jake did a slide presentation as did Niles regarding the biking/recreation trail. Cabot Creamery Cooperative was recognized for the contribution to the meeting by the local lady and then we were introduced. We talked about the Farmers and that we were out there riding to celebrate what they were accomplishing in their community, the volunteers who make it happen, then each of us three made brief comments about touring, our type of stops, etc., then answered a few questions, then broke for snacks and walk to river. Sky, basil’s wife, did not walk but drove down to river, so when group headed uphill, we rode off with her.

After our talk at the Richmond Public Library we walked to the James River right where the festival was the night before. Jake Helmboldt, Richmond Bike and Ped Coordinator led us on the walk. Champs Burnley,VA Bike Federation, shared hopes and dreams for the trails in Richmond. Niles Barnes was present and shared the ECG vision”.

Cathy Skott, 2014 Cabot Community Tour Rider


Farmers’ Gratitude Grille at Rassawek Spring Jubilee

The Farmers’ Gratitude Grille traveled west of Richmond to Columbia, VA. This year, the Rassawek Spring Jubilee along with the community of Goochland came together to assist in their passion to keep trade skills alive by demonstrating the construction of a home for a family in need, educating the public on local programs and contributing to local charities. The staff of the Grille served lunch to volunteers with the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and several other local non-profits helping to make the event a success. Volunteers enjoyed taking a break in the shade to have a Grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich… with Cabot cheddar, of course!

About the Tour

The 2014 Cabot Community Tour is a celebration of the work of cooperatives, service organizations, and volunteers and honors our 1200 farm family owners’ three most cherished principals: Cooperatives, Community and Volunteerism. From May 17 through June 21, the Tour is following a route along the East Coast Greenway, stopping at cities and towns along the way, meeting with organizations and their volunteers and honoring the work that goes into making a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community.

Supporting the tour is the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille, a traveling kitchen conceived by the farm families who own Cabot. Cabot chefs prepare healthy, delicious meals as a way of thanking those who generously give their time to others in their communities.

Our farmers understand the value of volunteerism, and how donating time and services make communities stronger and healthier. Interested volunteers who can’t join us on the Cabot Community Tour can still get involved by visiting the Reward Volunteers website, and downloading the free Reward Volunteers iPhone app, or using the online web widget. Reward Volunteers is a free, easy way to track the time you spend volunteering in your community – and to earn rewards for yourself and the organizations you serve.

The 2014 Community Tour was created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and its fellow sponsors and supporters, including: AARP Create the Good, East Coast Greenway, HandsOn Network, Marriott, National Life Group, and local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity.

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