Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 573 : Local Farms and Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene wiped out 140,000 acres of farming land in New York State alone, and that's just the current gauge of the damage associated with the storm that swept up the East Coast the last weekend of August. Not only was there substantial damage to New York State farms and creameries, there was even more damage to the great cheesemaking state of Vermont. Slowly but surely, our local farms and creameries are taking stock of what has transpired and beginning the recovery and repair process. Thus far New York State has come up with $15 million in recovery money to aid farmers rebuild after the devastation. So what can you do? Apart from contributing directly to your favorite local farmer or to one of the state funds setup to help farmers, you can go to Saxelby Cheesemongers in the Essex Street Market anyday this week through September 11th and pick up some cheese as they will donate 50% of their profits to the recovery efforts for New York and Vermont farmers and cheesemakers.

So folks, make sure to visit your local greenmarket and help out your local farmers and cheesemakers as well and definitely stop into Saxelby Cheesemongers and get some cheese that gives back to the people who make your enjoying of our local and regional cheeses possible.

Saxelby Cheesemongers
Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street

Stay tuned later for our return to our SCS spotlights with dispatch #3 of Virginia and Ireland!

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