Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill Teams With Gleaners to Fight Hunger in southeastern Michigan
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) and Blake Farms invite the public to join them for a fall festival celebration on September 14, 2013 from 10am – 6pm as proceeds from apples and cider will benefit Gleaners and their fight against hunger in southeastern Michigan.
Currently in southeastern Michigan, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger, a rate that’s higher than the national average. September is “Hunger Action Month” and Gleaners is encouraging the community to help in the ongoing effort to end hunger. Blake Farms has had a positive relationship with Gleaners for over a decade and wanted to help because of their admiration for the non-profits efforts in increasing food access to struggling local communities.
“As a farm we understand the hardships of limited fresh food access. We’re rewarded by Mother Nature’s surplus in good years and humbled in the rough years of light harvests. We understand the current issues of fresh food scarcity and seek to share our surplus this year with hungry families in Metro Detroit,” said Andrew Blake. “For three generations, we’ve experienced sharing our farm with so many wonderful families and want to extend our hand to the families that may not have experienced the goodness of fresh Michigan harvests.”
Blake Farms opened in Armada, Michigan in 1945 and currently employs 300 people to accommodate the crowd of roughly 300,000 they see each season. Blake Farms has evolved since its opening into a family entertainment farm, including everything from orchards and a cider mill to a haunted house and several animated attractions,