City Market, Onion River Co-op Diverts 1% to Intervale Farmers

Co-op sends portion of sales to Intervale Center Farmers' Recovery Fund

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, farm businesses in Burlington's Intervale are dealing with yet another round of devastating flooding. To assist these local farms, City Market dedicated 1% of sales over a two week period to the Intervale Center Farmers' Recovery Fund. The Intervale Center, a non-profit organization established in 1988, works to build and strengthen community food systems in Vermont, across the U.S., and around the world. They created the fund to help Intervale farmers offset crop losses and repair recent damages after Irene which so far exceeds $600,000. The total amount of damage is still being assessed.

During its two week drive, City Market collected over $13,000, a combination of 1% of sales and donations made by individual shoppers, all of which will be directed to the fund. "Our staff and patrons care deeply about the farmers down in the Intervale," says Clem Nilan, City Market's General Manager. "We rely on them to produce fresh, local food year after year, and we're happy to be in a position to provide community support when they need it most."

"The season started off rocky for Intervale farmers and just ten weeks later, Irene came," notes Travis Marcotte, Executive Director of the Intervale Center, referring to the record high water levels this spring that destroyed crops 135 acres of land that lie along the Winooski River. "In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the damage to Intervale farms, the outpouring of support from our community -- including our long-standing partner City Market -- has been phenomenal. Over the years, the Intervale Center and City Market have worked together to strengthen community food systems. Time and again, we've seen City Market's real commitment to Vermont farmers, local food, and a healthy community. On behalf of our Intervale farmers and Center staff, we are truly humbled by and grateful for City Market's generosity."

Donations can still be made to the Intervale Center Farmers' Recovery Fund at the Intervale Center's website,, by selecting the "donate now" button and designating your gift to "Farmers' Recovery Fund." Donations can also be mailed to the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401. Please make checks payable to "Intervale Center" and note "Farmers Recovery Fund" in the memo line. All contributions are tax-deductible.

"In addition to damage locally, we know that many other families and businesses throughout the state were profoundly affected by Irene," says Nilan. "We're doing what we can to help all of our neighbors who find themselves needing assistance." To that end, City Market will also donate 5 cents for every bag reused throughout the month of September to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, a long-term recovery fund created by the United Ways of Vermont. For more information on the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, or to donate directly, go to

About City Market/Onion River Co-op

The Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with over 7,000 members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and over 1,200 local and Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at or call 802-861-9700.


Allison Weinhagen
Director of Member Services, City Market

Travis Marcotte
Executive Director, Intervale Center
802-660-0440 x 107