Of the 230 farms that stock our 53 Greenmarkets, 80 percent were affected by Tropical Storm Irene.
Farmers especially had it tough with at least 145,000 acres of New York farmland suffering damage.
The Saturday morning GreenMarket on the upper east side, on 82nd just east of First Avenue is really great.
"Without question the worst that we've seen it and the worst that farmers... I was up in Orange County yesterday, they say it's worse than the flood of '55, they never expected flooding the way there was flooding," said GrowNYC Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz.”
A sixth generation farmer from Highland, New York says heavy rains from Irene devastated half of his tomato crop.
"We lost a lot of tomatoes. That was our biggest loss. We are right on the Wallkill River and that came over, so I'd say they were under (water) for two days," said farmer Albert Wilklow.”
You’ll find jellies and jams, artisanal cheeses, wines from Long Island’s north fork, breads from the Catskills and even http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruits_de_mer.
Come out next Saturday morning and make a fresh purchase and help a farmer. Their stuff is awesome and they need us right now.
Happy Labor Day!