Clem Nilan, General Manager
Since tropical storm Irene, my Saturday morning visits to the Burlington Farmers’ Market have become bittersweet. While there are still plenty of familiar faces, noticeably absent are all but one Intervale farmers whose seasons were rudely cut short by disastrous flooding. Gone for the season are Adam’s Berry Farm, Pitchfork Farm, Diggers’ Mirth, Arethusa Farm, and Half Pint Farm with only Stray Cat Flower Farm still able to sell her gorgeous bouquets.
Make no mistake, our Co-op depends upon the Intervale. Our relationship with the Intervale goes back decades. Much of the local produce in our Co-op comes from these farms. Last year we purchased over $140,000 in produce from 3 Intervale farms. This year the total dropped to $83,000. Total losses in the Intervale from the storm are now topping $750,000. The economic impact is devastating. What friends do when friends get in trouble is to step up, so we’re making sure that these farmers receive our support in these trying times.