Colle Farmer’s Market Commends the Reopening of the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City

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After being displaced for 16 days due to damages inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, the Union Square Greenmarket will return once the area is cleared of workers.

On November 20, Colle Farmers Market issued a statement in response to the reopening of New York City’s Union Square Greenmarket. According to an article published in the New York Times, the market was displaced for 16 days so that workers and utility crews could use the area to help restore power back to New York City.

Fortunately, the Union Square Greenmarket did not have to close entirely due to Hurricane Sandy, reports the article. The New York Times stated that the market was able to relocate temporarily. “On Nov. 3, a Saturday, a contingent of 35 Union Square farmers found their way to a temporary location in Madison Square Park that they have continued to use.”

The article went on to state that farmers are anxious to return to their usual home in Union Square due to the usual business that the market provides for local farmers. “The 36-year-old Union Square market is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; it attracts 300,000 people on a typical Saturday. About 45 farmers take 70 stands on Mondays, and 85 farmers take 120 stands on Saturdays.”

The article reports that as of now, the market is due to open on Friday, November 16, however it may take a few more days depending on when the area can be cleared of workers.

Colle, an online farmers market community, released a statement celebrating the return of the market. Colle stated that “the return of the Union Square Greenmarket marks a victory not only for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but also the community of local farmers. We hope that people continue to support locally-grown and organic produce.”

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.

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