Program selling boxes of food supports farmers during pandemic


A program to sell boxes of food straight from local farms has been a lifeline to farmers, workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic and people negatively impacted by the crisis. “ResourcED” was thought up by Dan Barber, the chef and owner of the farm-to-table restaurants Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County.

“The restaurant closed, there’s walk-ins filled with produce and we don’t want to throw it away,” Barber said.

So instead, Dan Barber packaged that food along with some produce from his fields and sold it all.

“Then we heard from farmers and it was a game changer,” Barber said. “These farmers needed us to be a source of income and we were very important to a lot of them.”

Including the owner of Alewife Farm.

“Via the Union Square Market we sell to a lot of restaurants in and around New York City,” Dennis said. “Since the pandemic that has dropped dramatically.”

There are even donation boxes to help feed families with food insecurities, all helping to keep the supply chain going.

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