Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2011

Local Farmers &NYC Greenmarkets 30 Sep 2011 06:32 pm

Greenmarket Update: Shasha Miranda of Miranda Restaurant

McCarren Park Greenmarket Update from Market Manager Robert Shepherd:
Swing by tomorrow at 10:30am for a cooking demonstration and free samples by Williamsburg’s own Sasha Miranda from Miranda Restaurant. She will be cooking an amazing risotto, yum!

Also: we will be accepting cash, credit and debit donations at the Info Tent all day to benefit farmers impacted by Irene ( Please show your support. Find us between 8am to 3pm on Union Ave. btwn Driggs and N. 12th St. For more info visit:

Local Farmers &NYC Greenmarkets 16 Sep 2011 05:19 pm

McCarren Park Greenmarket Update – More You Can Do to Help Farmers Hit by Irene

An update from Rob Shephard, Market Manager of McCarren Park Greenmarket in Williamsburg Brooklyn:

Good afternoon Brooklyn. Below is a list of tomorrow’s events at your local Greenmarket, continued post-Irene information, and upcoming events happening in the city with Greenmarket. We hope to see you all out tomorrow. It’ll be a beautiful day for sure.

Tomorrow (Saturday Sept 17) at 11am come by the Information Tent to learn how to make and sample some Punjab Corn Chutney by Drake Page of The DP Chutney Collective. Market open from 8am – 3pm on Union Ave btwn Driggs and N. 12th St.

Upcoming Benefit Events for Greenmarket and our Farmers:

Sunday, September 25, 2011 – Dine Out Irene
At Participating Restaurants in New York City
Dine Out Irene is a one-time event on September 25, 2011, benefiting New York-area farms that have been hard hit by the hurricane. Participating restaurants are asked donate up to 10% of the day’s sales (brunch/dinner, or both) to aid local farms. The funds will go directly to GrowNYC and Just Food, who will distribute them to area farmers that need hurricane relief. Dine Out Irene is still recruiting restaurants to join the effort. If you are a restaurant and would like to participate, please contact Gabriella Gershenson at For a current list of participants, visit

Saturday, September 24, 6-9 p.m. – Rogowski Farm Barn Dance and BBQ!
Rogowski Farm
329 Glenwood Road, in Pine Island New York 10969
Adults $10.00 / Children age 6 to 12 $5.00 Children age 5 and under – free
Join in on the fun at Rogowski Farm for a real good old fashioned barn square dance & BBQ offering you a slice of Americana from years gone by for everyone to enjoy. Food fresh off the BBQ will be for sale before and during the dance. Music and dancing start at 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 25, 1-4 p.m. – Warwick Farm Aid
Warwick Valley High School
89 Sanfordville Road
Warwick, NY 10990
Warwick farmers were hit hard by hurricane Irene and we will be raising $25,000 by 9/25/2011 to benefit our local farmers. From 1:00 to 4:00 will be an open house with family events, music, story tellers, and more. The main concert is 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Please join us for a day of music, fun, and most importantly support for our local farmers.

Sunday, September 25, noon – 6 p.m. – 8th Annual Bradley Farm Party
Tickets, $20
317 Springtown Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
Featuring great southern BBQ and pierogies made with Ray’s potatoes, live music, hayrides and a new petting zoo. This year, we may even get to play chicken sh*t bingo!

Monday, September 26-October 2 – Dine In Irene
Location: Your Home
Shop your neighborhood Greenmarket for the best of the harvest produce, then invite your friends over for dinner. Charge by the plate for your party, or host a potluck and ask guests to bring a market-sourced dish and a donation. All funds collected will be donated by the various Dine In hosts to the Greenmarket farmer relief fund. Register your Dine In on

Food Matters &Local Farmers &NYC Greenmarkets 03 Sep 2011 07:27 am

Damage to Local Farms from Hurricane Irene and How You Can Help: a Message from the McCarren Park Market Manager

This note comes in from Rob Shepherd, market manager for the McCarren Park and South Williamsburg Greenmarkets. He tells how you can help Greenmarket farmers recover from the damage — in many places severe — done by Irene, by donating, volunteering, and above all, continuing to shop at the Greenmarket.

Dear Greenmarket Community,

We will learn about the full extent of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in the days and weeks to come, as the waters begin to recede from upstate farms. The Black Dirt region is still flooded, Sullivan County and Ulster County have seen significant damage, and there are parts of Greene County that no longer exist. We estimate that 80% of Greenmarket farmers have been impacted, with about 10% reporting severe loss – 80-100% of their products. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time of year – as you know, September is when our farmers make the money they need to sustain their farm businesses. It is too late in the season to re-plant, and in addition to the great summer harvest that typically arrives in September, these farmers have lost their winter storage crops as well – beets, onions and squash – the products that sustain year-round sales.

Markets were open at 5 a.m. the day after the storm, and we are encouraging residents to support regional farmers first and foremost by shopping at Greenmarket. Some of the farmers you have forged strong relationships with over the years may not be back at the markets this season due to the aftermath of the storm, but we will do everything we can to ensure that they return to market in the spring of 2012. In the mean time, we don’t anticipate that our markets will be impacted in terms of the quality or the variety of products you have come to expect.

We have set up a donation page on the GrowNYC website, which you can find at We plan to have a message board up on our website by this weekend, where those seeking assistance (volunteer help, or in-kind donations) and those who are ready to volunteer can be put in touch. If you have any questions, please reach out to our office: 212-788-7476.

Greenmarket farmers are a resilient group of individuals, who have weathered many storms prior to this one. Thanks to an incredible community of shoppers and supporters, we’ll help our regional growers get through to a strong recovery.

Also, tomorrow at Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket, we will be doing several fun surveys, along with frying up some amazing zucchini blossoms with Brooklyn’s own Carina Molnar, local food lover extraordinaire. Swing by the information tent and check us out! Cooking demo will start at 11am. Union Ave. between Driggs Ave. and N. 12th St. For more information visit: