Because we believe that strong, healthy, and unified communities make for a better world.
Thursday June 19th, 2014
Princeton & Plainfield, New Jersey
Anchor House Ride from Princeton to Griggstown Farm
June 19th started out a bit drizzlier than previous days, but by the time our Community Ride cyclists got to Griggstown Farm in Princeton, NJ, the clouds parted and out popped the sun. Over a dozen cyclists, led by our intrepid celebs, Cathy and Myron Skott and East Coast Greenways’ Andy Hamilton, pedaled the easy Greenways trail to a happy welcoming committee. Joining the ride was Trenton Habitat for Humanity’s board member, Joe Mutinsky, who is also riding in and a big advocate of Anchor House’s Ride for Runaways. Also happy to see Cabot’s Cheryl Rouleau and her husband on their bikes–all the way from Vermont!
Cabot offered our Legacy Cheddar as appetizers, followed by the main (picnic) course, Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Salad Wraps and Cabot Greek Yogurt Parfaits, prepared by Griggstown’s Chef Adam Brod.
Griggstown Farm graciously offered 10% of the day’s sales to Anchor House, “The House Where Healing Begins”, a multi-service agency for runaway, homeless, abused, and at-risk youth and their families. A number of Anchor House staff, including Executive Director, Kim McNear and Kathy Drulls, organizer for the Ride, joined us, bringing along a number of their Anchor House kids—reminding us all again of why we’re on the Cabot Community Tour.
Plainfield Home Dedication
The evening of Day 34 found us at a highly anticipated event in Plainfield, NJ—celebrating the culmination of the intense work that Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity undertakes, year after year—twenty-five years, in fact, as we participate in their Silver Anniversary Blitz Build Home Dedication.
When we arrived, the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille was already onsite, prepping to feed what would be a crowd of 75 invited guests. Everyone mingled and nibbled, as we again extolled the virtues of the Reward Volunteers App and sampled Legacy Cheddar and Grille fare. Also on the program were, of course, house tours of the completed home.
Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Reverend Jeremy Montgomery called everyone together to begin the moving Home Dedication Ceremony, which he led with the assistance of Board President, Elke DelaCruz and Reverend Carl Brewer of Metropolitan Seventh Day Adventist Church. The call-and-response ceremony and the passing of the house keys to all those gathered ensured the inclusion of everyone. The completed home, which was constructed in seven days, will go to a family directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.
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.