Just give a little

Generous Chocolate

by the Editors

Generous Chocolate

Sybil Teles

Eat good chocolate responsibly—with two hands and an open heart. 100% of the profits from the Island Grown Bar support Island Grown Schools.  

Thank you for supporting the Island’s charitable organizations. Every summer it’s as if a gun goes off over cocktail parties, strolls, auctions—silent or otherwise—for the non-profits which do important work and the donors who support them. But it’s nice to know that you don’t have to spend big bucks for a seat at the Vineyard’s table of philanthropy. Simply invoke Willy Wonka, a smile and pure imagination, and dream up a dark chocolate bar sprinkled with dried blueberries, sea salt, and a crunch of caramelized cocoa beans. Every time you buy an Island Grown Bar, 100 percent of the profits are donated to Island Grown Schools, the Vineyard’s only farm-to-school program.

Island Grown Schools (IGS) supports school gardens and agriculture in the classroom. With skill and sensitivity, it connects teachers and local school cafeterias to local farms. Its crowning jewel may very well be its gleaning program. At a drop of a hat, IGS organizes a cadre of community volunteers to harvest ripe fruits and vegetables from area farms and private properties. Then these folks, passionate about access to healthy, locally grown food, distribute it to school cafeteria directors, elder centers, and even the county jail, all for free. This is fresh, healthy produce that would otherwise be tilled under for any number of legitimate reasons—such as a farm’s lack of labor or an unexpected frost.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing when luscious chocolate that evokes Island blueberries and salty seas does so much good for schools, farms and the next generation? For just a few anonymous dollars—you too are the generous donor.

Island Grown Bar, 4 oz. Available at State Road Restaurant, down-Island Cronig’s, LeRoux at Home, Off Main, Jim’s Package Store and Morning Glory Farm. Price per bar ranges from $7 to $8.25. Also available online at: www.stateroadmv.com. To learn more about IGS visit www.islandgrown.org. To become a gleaner or if you have a property to glean, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).