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Forsyth Farmers Market is raising money for a new farm truck

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Organizers of the Forsyth Farmers Market need your help.

During a press conference Saturday, they announced they're working to raise $150,000 by July to purchase a brand new farm truck.

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The new truck, which will be the centerpiece of Forsyth Farmers’ Market Farm Truck 912 program, will be used to carry fresh, local produce to Chatham County's food insecure neighborhoods, according to the Forsyth Farmers Market board.

We're told the current truck is 24-years-old and has become unreliable.

Thanks to several donors, we're told Forsyth Farmers’ Market has a nice jumpstart on the campaign and has currently raised $94,000 of the $150,000 goal for a new truck. Some of the early donors consist of the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, FFM Board members and community activists.

Forsyth Farmers’ Market executive director Jeb Bush said, "We really want this to be a community sponsored event. We're very excited that we've already raised 60% of the funds through several foundations and big donations, but we really want the community to be invested in this project as well. So we're hoping through the next six months, the community will be able to show up and participate and help us raise the funds so we can get a new truck."

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so in person every Saturday at the farmers market or at any Farm Truck 912 stops. You can also donate online to this campaign at https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/capitalcampaign

Organizers said there are going to be two other ways the public can participate in the building of the new truck.

One is a truck design contest. This community contest is open to the public. To participate, you must register by February 1. The final design submissions will be due no later than March 1. The FFM committee will vote on the best design and announce the winner publicly. The winner will be awarded $1,500. This contest is free to enter. For more information on the contest, you can visit https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/designcontest

Forsyth Farmers’ Market is also hosting a community contest to determine the name of the new truck. The current truck is named Juicy. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market would like the new truck to have a fun, unique family friendly name as well. This contest requires a $5 donation per name submission and the winner will receive $50 worth of market tokens. The contest is open until March 31 and will be voted on by the committee. For more information on the naming contest or to submit a name, you can visit https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/namecontest

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