Shop GrowNYC Greenmarkets to Help Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Irene

The recent flood waters from Hurricane Irene have impacted approximately 80% of Greenmarket farmers, with 10% reporting severe loss of almost all their products. Here’s how you can help.

What would New York City be without its farmers markets?  One of the many benefits of living in a diverse city is the wide availability of fresh, locally-grown food.  The Greenmarket farmers markets, founded by GrowNYC, have helped bring local food, produced by environmentally-conscious farmers, to the city for over three decades.  Buying locally-grown food has multiple benefits – not only is there a shorter distance the food must be transported, helping reduce fuel and energy consumption, but the purchase of local goods helps support your local economy.

Now is the perfect time to shop local because the Greenmarkets need your support more than ever.  The recent flood waters from Hurricane Irene have impacted approximately 80% of Greenmarket farmers, with 10% reporting severe loss of almost all their products.  Damage is still being assessed, but the photos speak for themselves.

 Green Peppers Damaged by Hurricane Irene Red Tomatoes Damaged by Hurricane Irene  Eggplant Damaged by Hurricane Irene

Here are easy ways you can help:

  • Eat locally – Fall is the most bountiful and diverse time for farmers markets in New York.  By shopping locally at Greenmarkets, you can help support impacted Upstate farmers as they restore and rebuild their crops.
  • Donate – any contributions made to the Hurricane Irene Relief fund will go directly to support Greenmarket farmers.  Visit www.grownyc.org/relief to give a gift.
  • Sign up for Pollution FreeSM electricity at one of Green Mountain Energy Company’s booth locations at a GrowNYC Greenmarket – throughout the month of October, Green Mountain will donate $2 to the Hurricane Irene Relief Fund for every new customer that signs up for electricity service via our booth at a GrowNYC Greenmarket location.   Already a customer?  Encourage your friends to sign up!