Those of you who participated in last fall’s Dine Out Irene will be pleased to hear that the organizers of the one-night fundraiser have tallied up the donations from dozens of local participating restaurants and collected a whopping $47,375 for farms impacted by the hurricane.
In the past we’ve always worn heels to the Greenmarket’s swanky annual fundraiser–usually held at some fine hall here in Manhattan–but this time around we’re considering more practical footwear. In conjunction with Harvest Home, another non-profit group that runs farmers’ markets in the city, they’re hosting their first-ever dance party next Wednesday night, December 7th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. (It’s just a block or two from the F/R train.) Edible Brooklyn is co-sponsoring the shindig, which they’re calling the Winter Warm Up.
Farmers from around our region were hit hard by Hurricane Irene. To help them, please participate in Dine Out Irene on September 25, when participating restaurants around the city will donate up to 10 percent of their sales to Just Food and GrowNYC to benefit NY area farmers hard hit by the hurricane.
In the past few days news of serious and continued flooding, power outages and other serious damage in agricultural areas outside of the city have come to light. Many acres are still underwater–but there are a few places that are already collecting donations or gathering help.
As we mentioned yesterday, GrowNYC is just beginning to hear about Irene-related damages from Greenmarket farmers throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Wind, water and flooding may not have affected us so much here in Manhattan, but they have taken their toll on many areas just outside of the city.
We haven’t yet had a chance to hit the Union Square Greenmarket — which opened as per its normal schedule this morning — so we’re wondering if any readers who have might fill us in on a crop report. Unlike farmers in Eastern North Carolina — who took a serious wallop to their fields — we’re hoping Irene spared our foodshed.
SAG HARBOR–Earlier today, in a dash of Hurricane-driven provisioning that has struck the region from Manhattan to Montauk, my wife, who is always thinking…