The market must go on, just not necessarily in the usual place. Because Union Square has been busy being used for other things Hurricane Sandy-related (everything from MTA bus storage in the storm to dry ice distribution), GrowNYC this weekend moved the Greenmarket from its usual home in the park up to Madison Square Park. And there it will stay for the time being. Still, while it is in its temporary home the market has a nice system to let shoppers help those left in need after the storm.
If you want to help both area farmers and those hit by the storm, just head down to the Greenmarket tomorrow and fill a bag with produce. Then drop it off at the market's Info Tent. City Harvest will then deliver the produce to those who can use it. That easy.
Meanwhile, if you were wondering how your favorite farmers weathered the storm, Serious Eats has an update:
While Sandy wasn't as rough on farmers as Irene was, there are still a number of farms that lost hoop houses and saw damage to their farms and crops; fisheries seemed to be hit hardest, and in fact none were at the market yesterday. Farmer Bill Maxwell of Maxwell's Farm told me that he lost three hoop houses and the roof to one of his barns. Power was out until Monday at his farm in Changewater, New Jersey, but his spirits seemed relatively high, feeling lucky that the damage to his business was limited.
So, yeah, they can use your help.