Because we believe that strong, healthy, and unified communities make for a better world.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Jacksonville & Atlantic City, Florida
First Coast Kids Triathlon Jacksonville & St. Johns River Ferry Farmers’ Gratitude Grille
What started as a dream of three women who wanted to create a fun, healthy event for kids has blossomed into the First Coast Kids Triathlon, the best kids’ tri in the World and one of the three largest in the United States. 225 volunteers support this organization. Lots of people got to enjoy Cabot Vanilla Bean Strawberry smoothies with orange juice for the first hour of the race. These smoothies are so easy to make with Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek-Style Yogurt, frozen strawberries and Florida’s Natural orange juice.
Folks also sampled the new Cabot Farmers’ Legacy Collection and the parents and kids absolutely LOVED the new line.
Our friends from National Life joined in on the fun with giveaways and raffles and brought along professional race car drive, Andy Pilgrim, who talked about his Foundation and initiative to educated people on the dangers of distracted driving.
Later in the day, The North Florida Bicycle Alliance hosted a beautiful ride around Fernandina including a pleasant voyage from Mayport Village and Fort George Island across the St. Johns River on the St. Johns River Ferry and on the gorgeous East Coast Greenway Trails. (Pro tip: The St. Johns River Ferry has great new app JaxFerry with has up to date information about the Ferry and its schedule.)
Several of the riders who participated in the ride on Saturday along the S-line also participated with this Sunday ride. It was great to see these familiar faces on Sunday morning. The weather was cool and not humid – a rare treat on a May day in Florida! After a long ride in cool temps, the riders met on the South side of the Ferry for a Gratitude Grille luncheon with Ferry Ambassadors and NFBC riders featuring Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Mac and Cheese, a green salad, and Crudité with Cabot Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip & Cabot Greek Yogurt Barbecue Dip. Lindsey Brock, President of Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry, Inc thanked the ambassadors, riders and everyone that supports the St. Johns River Ferry. Lindsey had the kindest words for Cabot and was so appreciative we came to support the volunteers.
We were honored to be joined by 2 Mayors: Harriet Hood Neptune Beach and Carolyn Wood Mayor of Atlantic Beach as well as John Crescimbeni, City Council Member for Jacksonville, FL and Bill Guilliford Jr., City Council President for Jacksonville.
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.