What a week. Vendors based in Red Hook hammered by the hurricane (The Good Fork, Jarontiques, Mile End, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Totally Bruce), others unable to sell at the markets because they can’t put gas in their cars, commercial kitchens without power preventing more, and still others who can’t find childcare to allow them to sell—the string of woeful news in our inbox has just been endless. Our hearts go out to everyone who’s lost inventory or years of hard work or just lost money by missing out on days of vending. (We’ll be sending updates on their progress and how we can help them in the weeks to come.)
That’s why we are so deeply appreciative of all the folks who are making Herculean efforts to sell at this weekend’s markets. And that’s why, starting this weekend, you can find a booth or table at all four markets to donate to the new Brooklyn Recovery Fund, a joint project launched today by the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to create a pooled fund to provide support to Brooklyn nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Sandy. Donating will help Brooklynites in need both in the short-term and over the long haul, and we’ll be sticking with this effort in the months to come. Thank you in advance for your help. (You can also just click the image above to donate.)
In addition to the Fund, several vendors are pitching in all over town as much as they can. Check out their efforts:
The Brooklyn Kitchen & Meat Hook team is accepting donations to be trucked out to the Rockaways, and is in need of volunteers to help with sorting at their 100 Frost St. location in Williamsburg. Click here for more info on how to help.
Brooklyn Soda Works will donate 10% of their sales from this weekend’s markets to Red Cross Sandy relief.
Egg’s Hash Bar is donating all of their proceeds from this week’s Smorgasburg to Sandy relief. Amazing.
La Casa de Camba will be accepting food donations at their Smorg booth, which they’ll use to cook meals at shelters in the Rockaways, where they sold during the summer.