Floating 'farmer's market' sails from Vermont to New York City - FOX 13 News

Floating 'farmer's market' sails from Vermont to New York City

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

They sailed from Vermont on a barge named for the Roman goddess of grain: a boat-building farmer, his intern first mate, and a captain whose initial impression of the vessel threatened to sink the entire voyage.

"[I thought:] Oh, my god," Captain Steve Schwartz said. "I can't possibly have made this mistake."

They sailed from lake to canal to river, aiming all the while for the ocean, not to chart those waterways or to plunder their ports, but instead to use open sails of canvas to close sales of pickled carrots, artisanal French nougat and more than 100 other products grown or made on small Northeastern farms.

"With all the waterside ruin that followed Sandy," project director Erik Andrus said, "people are really ready in this region to look to the water in a whole new light."

Andrus dreamed up this voyage -- sailing 15 tons of non-perishables 330 miles from Lake Champlain to Brooklyn -- both to help farmers reach new markets and to promote an ancient means of travel not reliant on fossil fuels.

"There's something about the arrival of a sail boat," Andrus said, "especially a large, working sail boat with masts and timbers and ropes, that's exciting."

"I still think he's a crazed lunatic," Schwartz said jokingly of Andrus, "and he somehow sucked me into this."

Navigating from hamlet to hamlet along the Hudson has so far proved a pleasure cruise for the Ceres and her crew. But the currents and tugs, freighters and ferries of New York Harbor provide more upcoming challenges than any homemade barge should have to face.

"The funky old boat from Vermont," Schwartz said, "you know, a bunch of Vermont farmers sailing a barge of vegetables in the middle of New York Harbor is kind of intriguing."

The American theologian William Shedd wrote: "A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for." Indeed, if you asked the crew of the Ceres, they would tell you: A ship is for transporting eight different kinds of syrup to the good people of New York with minimal impact on the environment.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:47:08 GMT
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
  • Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations

    Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:43:05 GMT
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board.
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board.
  • New York's daring Instagrammers

    New York's daring Instagrammers

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:03:35 GMT
    Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City.
    Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices