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.