As Irene’s Devastation Continues to Play Out, Consider Helping a Farmer


As we reported earlier this week, Hurricane Irene wreaked devastation upon numerous upstate farms, causing massive destruction to cropland and in many cases irreversible damage.

Serious Eats checked in with a number of farmers at yesterday’s Union Square Greeenmarket and reported that only two of the regular vendors were absent due to flooding from the hurricane.

But, as they pointed out, the bumper crop at the Greenmarket may prove to be an anomaly as the full extent of the damage manifests itself over the coming weeks. All of which is to say that this is a good time to help a farmer, and thanks to Grow NYC, it’s easy to do. They’ve set up a donations page on their website for Greenmarket farmers directly impacted by the hurricane, and anyone who donates $50 or more between now and September 30 will get a free Greenmarket poster illustrated by Claudia Pearson. Of course, you can also show your support by shopping at the market — although you won’t get a poster, you will get some delectable reminders of why we’re so lucky to have so many great farmers’ markets, and why we can’t take any of them for granted.