White Flint Farm Showcases Farm Grown Food At Averett, Finalist For $5,000 Grant
Danville, VA-- A farm in Pittsylvania County has made it to the last round of a nationwide competition, and that means they could come out winning a $5,000 grant from food service management company, Bon Appetite.
White Flint Farm is one of five finalists in the Southeast region, in the 'Farm to Forks' grant program. On Tuesday folks had a chance to vote for which farm they want to win. And what better way to decide than by getting a taste of the organic food they produce. White Flint Farm brought their home-grown food to the Averett University's dining hall.
Every day at the Averett University dining hall, students have the opportunity to choose local fresh organic foods. It's the mission of the food service company the school uses, Bon Appetit.
"Every cafe will today be running some sort of local meal, whether it may be their entire cafe is done with nothing but locally sourced and produced products, or maybe one station," said Michael Moroni, General Manager of Bon Appetite for Averett University,"
On Tuesday there were even more options at Averett. There was station featuring food grown on White Flint Farm. Owners Bill and Cherie Guerrant entered in Bon Appetit's "Farm to Fork" grant program.
"We grow a wide variety of vegetables... asian greens, typical collard greens, eggplant, watermelon. You name it, we grow it," said Cherie Guerrant.
Five winners across the nation will get $5,000 each to help expand their business. The Guerrants are one of the finalists and said they would spend the money on a much needed greenhouse.
However, the fate of this new greenhouse lies with votes of folks dining at Averett. The Guerrants chose to showcase their purple hull peas and their goat meat.
"It was delicious," said Spencer Yeatts, an Averett University student.
"I've never had goat before. It was my first and I liked it," said Barbara Styons, Averett University staff member.
Diners at Averett had all day to vote. The winners will be announced on September 29. The Guerrants said they are in the early stages of possibly being a permanent food vendor at Averett.