New England Farm Burns Down, Community Rallies

This is a guest post from Jed Webber and Amy Severino of Webber Restaurant Group.

Blood Farm

Photo: Art Campbell

On the morning of Sunday December 29, 2013 Blood Farm in Groton, Massachusetts caught fire. The fire destroyed their meat processing facility, which was one of only two USDA-inspected meat processors in New England.  The Blood family has run the century-old facility for many generations and have a reputation for being clean and safe.

Nearby, Gibbet Hill Farm raises cattle and lamb. They used Blood Farm for processing its livestock. The ability to send the livestock a few miles away for processing, then back a few miles to the restaurant, which sits adjacent to the farm, is unheard of in the industry.

Throughout the region, farmers, restaurants, meat purveyors, and food lovers are all feeling the ripple effect of the fire, but no one has felt it worse than the employees who have been left without a job. Blood Farm will rebuild, but until then, these employees, many with specialized skills, are struggling to make ends meet.

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Photo: Art Campbell

On Thursday, February 27, in support of their neighbor, Gibbet Hill Grill will host a fundraiser to benefit the employees of Blood Farm. 

We invite friends to come together for a reception at The Barn at Gibbet Hill. There will be a large selection of food and a cash bar. Other members of the Groton food and restaurant community are providing desserts: Bliss Bakery, The Blackbird Café, The Farm To Table Cafe at Groton Wellness, and The Main Street Café.

Entertainment will be provided by Groton-based Gary Wilson Blues Project, playing the blues, with special guest Julius Borges, noted Groton luthier and musician.

Please visit the Blood Farm Groton Ways to Help page for more information.

Posted by: Alisha Fowler

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