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Hastings Requests Donations for Irene-Hit Farmers Market Vendors

Farms were hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene; Hastings hopes to help its local market vendors recover.

Pascale Le Draoulec, director of Hastings and Irvington's farmer's markets, blogged just after Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on the Hudson Valley that two prime produce vendors, Morgiewicz Produce and Taliaferro Farms were hit hard by the winds and rain. 

"Taliaferro saw 17 acres of farmland basically get washed away and flow into the Walkill River," she wrote. The farm's voicemail message still reports that its CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) program has been suspended. 

The Hastings Farmers Market Committee is trying to raise money for impacted farmers. There will be a donation box at the market until the end of September, at which point the funds raised will be distributed to the farmers. Patrons are also encouraged to mail checks.

So far, organizers have raised more than $4,000 for the farmers, Le Draoulec said.

Please send checks to:

Hastings Farmers Market

PO Box 114

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.

Write it out to Hastings Farmers Market and write “Irene relief fund’ on the “memo” line.

lori September 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM
How about helping families here in our own town that were devastated by Irene's flooding? Look at the folks that live along the Saw Mill Pkwy, they lost thousands of dollars worth of items FEMA doesn't help with. One woman may even loose her home because of the damage. She is a senior on a fixed income barely able to survive our taxes. Lets reach out to them!
Lizzie Hedrick September 23, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Hi Lori, I would love to hear more about this woman's story—and what the community can do to help. Can you help me reach out to her please?

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