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Ceres arrives in NYC today!

Food Matters | Fifteen Tons of Groceries, Sailing Down the Hudsonvsfp logo

Now that urban rooftops are buzzing with beehives and C.S.A. deliveries are the new FreshDirect, where does the slow-food movement go next? One key issue confronting the locavore movement is transportation — the “to” in “farm to table.”

Before the Industrial Revolution, most food was regional by necessity, shipped via wind-powered boats. Urban waterfronts were vibrant centers of commerce and community. Seeking a more sustainable way to get his grain to market, the Vermont farmer Erik Andrus conceived the Vermont Sail Freight Project to find out if this model could work again today. In April, he raised more than $15,000 on Kickstarter to build a 39-foot-long plywood sail barge named Ceres (after the Roman goddess of agriculture). The Greenhorns, an Essex, N.Y.-based farmer advocacy group, and the Willowell Foundation, a nonprofit education organization, signed on as partners to raise additional funds, handle the project’s logistics and recruit farmers and volunteers.

“We’re at an inflection point,” said Severine von Tscharner Fleming, the founder of the Greenhorns. “Can we, as farmers, collaborate on a distribution system that matches our values and preserves the craft economy?” Continue reading

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NYACK Oct 22


Location and time 11-4
Market at Hook Mountain Marina
in conjunction with Pie Lady and Son
YONKERS oct 24
location and time:
Groundwork Hudson Valley Science Barge, time TBD
Downtown Yonkers just North of the Yonkers Pier.
reception at Groundwork Science Barge
CERES meets the CLEARWATER for a meal and music at the Science Barge
Location and time:
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 3-5pm, reception after
Building # 313
In partnership with Agger Fish and Brooklyn Grange
Cargo demonstration with Revolutionary Rickshaws. Reception and market at the BROOKLYN NAVY YARD Warehouse with Brooklyn Grange, triple island, Agger Fish, Marlow and Daughters , the Pines. Pumpkin carving, art installation with Mare Liberum and other nautical artists. MORGAN OKANE plays from 3-4:30pm.

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questions about the sail freight schedule?

Here are the answers.
(remember, we depend on the wind and the tide.)


Location & Time:
Town dock 5pm
Event: Reception with Peter Bardunias, President of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce; Tom Mahoney, of The Express; and Mechanicville Mayor Anthony Sylvester  a conversation with Captain Steve Schwartz and Erik Andrews
Thank you Mechanicville!
TROY oct 12
location & Time:
Downtown Marina  2-4pm
Thank you Duncan Crary Jeffrey Buell and Collie Collin
Event: First pop-up market
HUDSON oct 14
location & Time:
Rick’s Point at the Hudson Waterfront 3-6pm
Event: pot-luck, music and market with Hudson Sloop Club, WGXC, letterbox Farm Collective, Kite’s Nest and more. Retiring to the half moon after
Thanks to Nick Zachos and volunteers
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order food! The revolution will be buoyant.

Vermont Sail Freight is live now on Good Eggs. For anyone hungry living along the Hudson or in NYC. We deliver into vermont sail 1 copyyour lap by sail barge in October. Stock up on shelf-stable goods for winter.

Dockside deliveries to: Mechanicville, Troy, Albany, Hudson, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Beacon, Peekskill, Nyack, Yonkers, Brooklyn, Manhattan.

Sick a lot? Get some Fire Cider. Primitivist? We have seaweed. Raw foodist? Wheat berries! Baker? Flour. Pythagorean? Break that spell with some heirloom beans. Don’t know what shiso is? Try some shiso!

And about 80 more things from 30 different small organic producers in Vermont and New York State.

Vermont Sail Freight

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vermont sail freight update!

A pleasure to read.  And in other VSF news, cargo wholesale orders went out yesterdayI If you have a place for us to mail flyers about the sail barge please send your mailing address to Cara

There is much to report since my last post here three weeks ago.  Since our first spaghetti dinner on Ceres we have completed nearly all the rigging and put Ceres through some baby steps in protected bays and out on the open lake.  All the while there is feverish work going on behind the scenes as Colin builds new web architecture on and Patrick builds our network of suppliers and clients.  I am amazed by the array of fantastic farm goods we have brought together.  And in the end it is the job Ceres will do — the work of bringing these goods to market — and not Ceres herself that we are really all about. Continue reading


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